Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture


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Sustainable Agriculture

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Agriculture program focuses on sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and urban farming. This program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in Agribusiness.


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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Sustainable Agriculture (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2019
Final Term
Summer 2022
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Utilize computer applications relevant to the field for communication, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
  2. Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to agricultural business planning and operations.
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  4. Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  5. Evaluate sustainable food production systems in rural and urban settings.
  6. Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  7. Effectively plant, maintain and harvest crops by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients, and pests.
  8. Apply environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices.
  9. Establish, select and maintain facilities for alternative crop production systems, including raising fish and vegetables in a closed-looped system.
  10. Use various media to market agricultural crops, including brand development, social networking, direct marketing, community supported agriculture.
  11. Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.
  12. Analyze sustainable and conventional food production systems within historical and contemporary contexts.
  13. Design and install irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate equipment.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Or permission of Program Director NS 0–3
FON161 Sustainable Food Production Systems 3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment FYC 3
Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area HU 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development SQ 4
RE Restricted Elective RE 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR Higher level mathematics course 3
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only. AGS260 meets the Natural Sciences area SQ 4
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS165AA Fall Sustainable Crop Production 3
AGS166 Aquaponics 3
AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting AGS262 is offered in the Fall only 3
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Meets Social and Behavioral Sciences G, HU, SB 3
RE Restricted Elective AGB132 or AGB144 or AGS186 RE 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness Course offered Spring only. 3
AGB231 Marketing of Agricultural Products Course offered Spring only. Offered online only 3
AGS165AB Spring Sustainable Crop Production Course offered Spring only. 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered Spring only. 4

Restricted Electives

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB132 Agribusiness and Management 3
AGB144 Agriculture Processing 3
AGS186 Greenhouse Management And Construction 3

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Course Area Key


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

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Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.

Previous catalog years for Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Agriculture