Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Agriculture

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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Agriculture program focuses on hands-on skills in sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and urban farming.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Sustainable Agriculture (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5886
Total Credits Required
30-33
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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. 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.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  5. Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  6. Apply environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices.
  7. Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.
  8. Design and install irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate equipment.
  9. Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  10. Evaluate sustainable food production systems in rural and urban settings.
  11. Analyze sustainable and conventional food production systems within historical and contemporary contexts.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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:

  • 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

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

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
AGS165AA Fall Sustainable Crop Production RC 3
AGS262 Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting RC 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Or permission of Program Director RC 0–3
FON161 Sustainable Food Production Systems RC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness RC 3
AGS165AB Spring Sustainable Crop Production RC 3
AGS260 Soils RC 4
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment RC 4
RE Restricted Elective RE 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB132 Agribusiness and Management RE 3
AGB144 Agriculture Processing RE 3
AGS166 Aquaponics RE 3
AGS186 Greenhouse Management And Construction RE 3

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Disclaimer

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

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Agriculture (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=135279).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Sustainable Agriculture program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019