Associate in Science for Transfer | SC Program: AS-T.2003

Whether it is hands-on manual labor in the fields, or working as a scientist in a lab or greenhouse, Agriculture offers a huge range of specialties. As the science of raising plant crops and livestock, agriculture teaches the essentials of farming and ranching.

The Associate in Science in Agricultural Business for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Agricultural Business) provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for transfer to the California State University system in Agricultural Business. In order to earn this degree a student must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Completing this degree guarantees admission to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major. The degree is designed to prepare students for upper division study in Agricultural Business and related fields.

Agricultural Business graduates at the bachelor’s level are qualified for employment by industry in a variety of jobs, in areas such as marketing of crops and related agricultural production equipment, banking and production loans, food processing, international marketing and agricultural policy.

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Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.

A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

14 Units Total
ENGL 1A
GE 4
College Composition
ENGL 1A
Units 4
This course develops the reading, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for academic success, emphasizing expository and argumentative writing as well as research and documentation skills. As a transferable course, it presupposes that students already have a substantial grasp of grammar, syntax, and organization, and that their writing is reasonably free from errors. A research paper is required for successful completion of the course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HIST 17A
GE 3
United States History
HIST 17A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian Peoples to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include contact and settlement of America, the movement toward independence, the formation of a new nation and Constitution, westward expansion and manifest destiny, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGAB 53
M 3
Introduction to Agri Business
AGAB 53
Units 3
This course provides a basic understanding of the business and economics of the agricultural industry; an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture and their implications to the agricultural producer, consumer, and the food system; and management principles encountered in the daily operations of an agricultural enterprise as they relate to the decision making process. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGAS 19
M 3
Principles of Animal Science
AGAS 19
Units 3
This course is an introduction to the principles of animal science presented in terms of an animal's biological cycle of production. Topics will include basic nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and animal health relating to domestic farm animals. In addition to investigating modern production practices, the impact of animal agriculture upon mankind and the environment will also be considered. The weekly lab session will be devoted to investigating the basic management practices associated with each livestock species.
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AG 9A
1
Ag and Nat. Res. Leadership I
AG 9A
Units 1
Note: Required field trips.

The course is designed to develop leadership qualities in students. "Hands-on" techniques will be used to facilitate problem solving, cooperative work ethics, developing initiative, managing and organizing information, flexible thinking and effective questioning. Practical experience in conducting business as a group will be gained by participation.
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Spring Semester, First Year

16 Units Total
MATH 14
GE M 4
Introduction to Statistics
MATH 14
Units 4
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

An introductory course in statistics designed to show the role of modern statistical methods in the process of decision making. Concepts are introduced by example rather than by rigorous mathematical theory. The following topics will be covered: measures of central tendency and dispersion, regression and correlation, probability, sampling distributions including the normal, t, and chi-square, statistical inference using confidence intervals and hypotheses testing. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ART 4
GE 3
World Art
ART 4
Units 3
This is a survey of the visual arts of diverse ethnic and indigenous cultures with an emphasis on both historic and contemporary art. Explored are the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Lectures are focused on the styles, motifs, symbols, rituals and traditions of the cultures by examining their crafts, drawings, sculpture, printmaking and paintings. This course is designed as a Humanities elective, recommended for Art Core Programs, and required for the Art History Concentration. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CMST 60
GE 3
Public Speaking
CMST 60
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization to 1500 CE
HIST 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher

This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGAB 54
M 3
Agriculture Economics
AGAB 54
Units 3
This course includes an introduction to economic and business principles as they relate to resource management. The focus of the course will be to relate economic theories and basic economic concepts and principles to applied agri-business and resource management problem solving. Students will explore problems of agriculture, pricing and marketing, factors of production, and state and federal farm programs affecting farmer's economic position. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
ENGL 1C
Pre. GE 3
Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing
ENGL 1C
Units 3
This course focuses on critical thinking skills, close textual analysis, and expository and argumentative writing. Students apply critical thinking skills in reading non-fiction and fiction, and in writing essays of definition, cause/effect analysis, argumentation, refutation, and advocacy. Students will learn to use research strategies in analyzing others' ideas and supporting their own. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HUM 4
GE 3
Humanities Through the Film
HUM 4
Units 3
An examination of the motion picture as an art form. This course offers a concise introduction to the history of film against the broader changes in popular culture since the late nineteenth century. Students will see how elements of film can provide valuable insights into how movies communicate and convey meaning to their audiences using a unique network of techniques. Students will see how film, film genres, and developments within the film industry offer a first-hand look at how specific films illuminate important aspects of philosophical, historical, aesthetics and social life and analyze how film connects with the larger world. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CHEM 2A
M 5
Introduction to Chemistry
CHEM 2A
Units 5
Note: Students must provide those materials which are of continuing value outside of the classroom setting. This cost will be explained at the first class meeting.

This course is a survey of inorganic chemistry and some organic chemistry suitable for agriculture and nursing students. The basic fundamentals of the metric system, chemical nomenclature, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, energy changes, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibria and kinetics, and organic functional groups are presented. The quantitative nature of chemistry is developed by introduction of the Avogadro's number and the mole and continuing with stoichiometry, gas law, solution concentrations and pH calculations. The lecture/discussion portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGAB 51
M 3
Agriculture Accounting
AGAB 51
Units 3
This course covers the study of the principles of agricultural accounting systems and types of records, their use and how to compute and use measures of earning and cost of production to improve agribusiness efficiency. It includes compiling a depreciation record, financial statement, simple accounting, and obtaining credit; it also includes application of these concepts and methods through hands-on projects developing computer-based solutions for agriculture business. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AG 9B
1
Agriculture and Natural Resources Leadership I
AG 9B
Units 1
Note: Required field trips.

The course is designed to develop leadership qualities in students. Students will learn group dynamics and problem solving when working in committees. Event organizing, planning and follow up will be emphasized."Hands-on" activities will emphasize these leadership development activities.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
HLTH 1
GE 3
Health and Wellness
HLTH 1
Units 3
This course focuses upon those elements of human behavior which influence the health status of both the individual and the community. Topics include personal fitness, nutrition, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug dependence, including alcohol and tobacco. Also included are topics dealing with lifestyle diseases, especially cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung disease. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ETHS 1
GE 3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETHS 1
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. It examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/o Americans. This course examines the systemic nature of racial/ethnic oppression through an examination of key concepts including racialization and ethnocentrism, with a specific focus on the persistence of white supremacy. Using an anti-racist framework, the course will examine historical and contemporary social movements dedicated to the decolonization of social institutions, resistance, and social justice. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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POLS 2
3
Intro to American Government
POLS 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors. An examination of political behavior, political issues, and public policy, this course satisfies the CSU requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and local government (US-2 and US-3). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ECON 1B
M 3
Principles of Economics-Macro
ECON 1B
Units 3
Advisory: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 280, or English Placement Level 5 or higher (ECON 1A is not a prerequisite for ECON 1B).

This course studies the basic economic institutions and principles as they pertain to the entire economic system such as money and banking, determinants of national income, employment, output and the roles played by government in using monetary and fiscal policy to promote the mandates of the Employment Act of 1946. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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AGPS 24
M 3
Soils
AGPS 24
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher; and one year of high school chemistry or equivalent.

Note: This class includes two Saturday field trips on classification, judging, and conservation of soils. The class is required for all agriculture, natural resources, and horticulture majors.

This class is an introductory course on the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil as it relates to agriculture and natural resources. Ecosystem relationship of soil use and management is emphasized. The effects of drainage, tillage, and irrigation on land use are discussed. A portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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