The Sustainable Agriculture Science Degree at Shasta College provides training for ranching, farming, agriculture production and related careers in vocational education, sales, services and distribution of agriculture-related products. In the core courses, students will receive a broad-based knowledge of agriculture, agri-business management, and both sustainable and traditional agricultural production practices. A hands-on approach provides students with realistic training and education in livestock husbandry, crop production, farm and land management and equipment operations and repair.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the development and dissemination of modern agricultural technologies and land use practices.
  • Explain the principles of crop rotation and demonstrate the ability to develop a simple crop rotation plan.
  • To frame problems and ask critical questions concerning agricultural sustainability.
  • Address complex agricultural problems by using systems thinking and other approaches.
  • Describe the principles and practices used to enhance and maintain biological diversity in an agricultural environment.
  • Evaluate the role of soil fertility in an ecological production system.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses:
  • AG 1 Career Planning for Agriculture 2
  • AG 6 Career Placement – Ag and Natural Resources 1
  • AG 9A Agriculture and Natural Resources Leadership I 1
  • AG 94 Worksite Learning OR 1
  • AG 58 Student Enterprise Projects
  • AGAB 53 Introduction to Agriculture Business 3
  • AGAS 11 Livestock Feeding and Nutrition 3
  • AGAS 19* Principles of Animal Science 3
  • AGMA 44 Intro. to Cons. Skills for Ag/Natural Resources 3
  • AGPS 20* Plant Science 4
  • AGPS 24* Soils 3
  • AGSA 56 Intro. to Sustainable Ag and Farm Management 3
Total Units for Core: 27

Option 1 – General Agriculture Science Concentration (Choose 8 units):

  • AGAB 51 Agriculture Accounting (3)
  • AGAB 54* Agriculture Economics (3)
  • AGMA 42 Farm Power and Machinery (3)
  • CHEM 2A* Introduction to Chemistry (required) (5)
  • CHEM 2B* Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (5)
  • CONS 46 Equipment Operations and Maintenance (3)

Option 2 –Agriculture Education Concentration (Choose 9 units):

  • AGAS 30 Livestock Production (3)
  • AGEH 22 Nursery Practices and Plant Propagation (2)
  • AGEH 23 Nursery Practices and Management (2)
  • AGEH 26 Integrated Pest Management in Envir. Hort.(3)
  • AGEQ 13 Horse Husbandry (3) OR AGEQ 21 Horse Management (3)
  • AGMA 42 Farm Power and Machinery (3)
  • CONS 46 Equipment Operations and Maintenance (3)
  • WELD 73 Structural Steel Metal Fabrication (3)

Option 3 – Farm, Ranch, and Wildland Management Concentration (Choose a total of 9 units with at least one course from each area):

(Area 1) Wildland Management Curriculum

  • AGNR 4 Introduction to Wildland and Range Ecology (3)
  • AGNR 12 Environmental Policy and Law (2)
  • AGNR 64* Watershed Management and Ecology (3)
  • AGNR 65 Forest Ecology (3)
  • AGNR 70 Wildlife Conservation and Management (3)

(Area 2) Farm and Ranch Management Curriculum

  • AGAB 51 Agriculture Accounting (3)
  • AGAS 30 Livestock Production (3)
  • AGEH 26 Integrated Pest Management in Environmental Horticulture (3)
  • AGEH 31 Landscape Irrigation (3) OR
  • AGPS 25* California Water (3)
  • AGEH 33* Environmental Horticulture (3)
  • AGEQ 21 Horse Management (3)
  • AGMA 42 Farm Power and Machinery (3)
  • AGVIT 80 Vineyard Design and Construction (1)
  • AGVIT 81 Vineyard Care (1)
  • WELD 73 Structural Steel Metal Fabrication (3)
Additional General Education Required for A.S. Degree:
  • ENGL 1A* College Composition 4
  • CMST 60* Public Speaking (3) OR CMST 54* Small Group Communication (3)
  • MATH 102* Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 3-5
  • MATH 13* College Algebra for Liberal Arts (3) OR MATH 14* Introduction to Statistics (4)
  • Computer Literacy test OR AGNR 52 Computers in Ag and Natural Resources (3)
Area 2: Social and Behavioral Science for some Options 0-3
Area 3: Humanities 3
Area 5: Multicultural/Living Skills 3
  • Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult a counselor or Agriculture faculty regarding transfer requirements. Transfer Requirements May Be Different From A.S. Degree Requirements.
  • 60 units and all graduation requirements are required for the AS Degree.

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

Associate in Science Degree Requirements:

Major: 45-51

Additional General Education: 6-9

General Electives: 0-9

Degree Total: 60*

*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.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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