Big, round bales of hay dot the fields of Shasta College. 
 Associate in Science: Agricultural-Business


The Agricultural-Business major is designed for students interested in working in the area of agricultural-related business.   Career opportunities in agricultural business may include careers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Resource Conservation Service or a career in ranch or farm management, banking, agricultural credit, agricultural insurance, consulting firms or agricultural product distribution and sales.  The employment opportunities are many.  Agribusiness is the largest business sector in the world as statistics show that it takes at least 16 people to keep one farmer in business.  These people are involved in all phases of agriculture from the production and marketing of everything from the fertilizer and seed, equipment and machinery; to the crops, feed, production loans and crop insurance and so on.  In the state of California, agriculture is the #1 commodity which further increases our students’ employment opportunities. 

This degree is designed to give students a broad understanding of the agriculture industry as it is much easier for a student who has a solid foundation in agriculture to be successful in the world of agricultural business as agribusiness differs from other business sectors, as much of the time the commodities that are marketed and sold are perishable.

This program also prepares students for transfer to an Agriculture Business program at a four-year university.  Students who plan to transfer should talk to a counselor or advisor to select appropriate general education and elective courses that will meet the requirements of the chosen university program​.


Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in accounting procedures using a double-entry bookkeeping system.
  2. Organize and prepare reports, presentations, and other information pertaining to managerial procedures.
  3. Describe the economic significance of California Agriculture and its relationship to the global economy.
  4. Explain supply and demand as it relates to local and regional agriculture business industries.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to make logical business decisions based on the analysis of business trends locally, regionally, and globally.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency using computers, the Internet, and other technology as they relate to agribusiness.
  7. Recognize world markets and describe their effect on local agriculture economies.

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Science in Agricultural-Business


​​Semester Offered\Method of ​Instruction​
​Semester 1 (Fall)​ 
Course​ Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
AGAB 53 Introduction to Agricultural Business
3 units FF

​AG 1 ​Career Planning for Agriculture 2 units​ ​ITV
​AG 9A ​Agriculture & Natural Resources Leadership I​ 1 unit​ ​FF ​FF​
​​CMST 60* ​Public Speaking​ 3 units​
​CMST 54* ​Small Group Communication​ 3 units​​​
​ENGL 1A* ​College Composition 4 units​ ​FF,O,ITV ​FF,O,ITV F​F,O​
​AGAS 19* ​Principles of Animal Science 
​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Semester 2 (Spring)​​​​​
AGPS 2 Plant Science 4 units​ ​FF
MATH 102* Intermediate Algebra 5 units

​MATH 13* ​College Algebra for Liberal Arts       3 units​
​MATH 14* ​Introduction to Statistics ​ 4 units​
​ECON 1B* ​Principles of Economics  3 units​
​BUAD 17 ​Sales 3 units​ ​FF

​BUAD 77* ​Principles of Marketing 3 units​​ ​FF
​Area 3 ​General Ed H​umanities​ 3​ units
​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Semester 3 (Fall)​​​​​
AG 94​ Worksite Learning-Agriculture
​1 unit ​FF ​FF ​FF
AG 58​ Student Enterprise Project ​1 u​nit ​FF ​FF
AGSA 56​
Intro to Sustainable Ag and Farm Mgmt
​3 units ​FF ​FF
​AGAB 51 ​Agriculture Accounting 3 units​ ​FF
Elective 2 units​
​Elective 3 units​
​AGNR 52*​​ ​Computers for Ag & Natural Resources​ 3 units​ ​FF ​FF ​HY​B
or ​Computer Literacy Test
​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​Semester 4 (Spring)​

AGPS 24* Soils 3 units FF FF
AGAB 54* Agriculture Economics   
3 units
​AGAS 11 ​Livestock Feeding and Nutrition 3 units​
​AG 6 ​Career Placement – Ag & Natural Resources 1 unit​ ​ITV
​AGMA 44 ​Intro to Const. Skills for Ag and Nat Res 3 units​ ​FF ​FF​
​Area 3 ​General Ed H​umanities​ 3 units​
​Area 5/6 ​General Ed Multicultural/Living Skills
​Required for Major: 43-48 units
Additional General​ Ed Total: 6 units​​​
​General Electives: 6-11 units
Degree Total = 60**​​​​ ​ ​

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online​ 
ITV ​= Course is offered through ​Interactive Video​ 
​​FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person​)
HYB = Hybrid

​​​​​​​​​​​​​*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements.  See a counselor. 

**Please Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test. If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units. If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult a counselor or Ag faculty regarding transfer requirements. TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM AS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS.