Agriculture

Associate Degree

A.S. in General Agriculture

Agriculture is a vital component of our local, state, and national economies and offers many exciting employment opportunities. In addition to the production of a wide range of valuable agricultural commodities, the Sacramento region is home to numerous multi-national agricultural corporations and statewide governmental agencies. It is also a center for international agricultural trade and commerce. This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to UC or CSU majoring in Agriculture while also allowing the student to select courses that fit his/her individual needs and desires.

As a General Agriculture major, you will:

  • Study a general agriculture curriculum representing all of the departments of the Cosumnes River College agriculture program including: agriculture business, horticulture, welding, veterinary technology and plant science.
  • Develop your leadership and communication skills.
  • Identify the agricultural career you are most interested in and build a course of study to better qualify you for a profession.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the only community college agriculture program in the Sacramento region, the CRC General Agriculture program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in agriculture, receive a General Agriculture Associate of Science degree, or transfer to CSU or UC.
  • The faculty in this program works closely with the five California agricultural degree offering universities to provide a quality transfer program for students interested in agriculture business, management and economics.
  • The Sacramento region is fortunate to have some of the best high school agriculture programs in California. The faculty in the CRC Ag program works closely with these feeder schools to articulate coursework and facilitate the successful transition of agriculture students from high school to the university.
  • Internships in agriculture are available for students interested in work experience opportunities.

NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications 31
AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting 3
AGB 321 Agriculture Economics 3
AMT 306 Small Engine Repair 3
HORT 300 Introduction to Horticulture 3
PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition (3) 3
   or HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition (3)
ANSC 300 Introduction to Animal Science 3
PLTS 300 Introduction to Plant Science 3
WELD 100 Introduction to Welding 3
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) 1 -42
Subtotal Units: 28 - 31
Agriculture Business
Course Code Course Title Units
AGB 300 Introduction to Agriculture Business 3
AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication 3
AGB 331 Agriculture Marketing 3
Agriculture Business Units: 9
Total Units: 37 - 40
Horticulture
Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 305 Plant Identification-Fall Selections 3
HORT 312 Plant Propagation 3
Horticulture Units: 6
Total Units: 34 - 37
Landscape
Course Code Course Title Units
HORT 320 Sustainable Landscape Construction 3
HORT 324 Sustainable Landscape Maintenance 3
Landscape Units: 6
Total Units: 34 - 37
Welding
Course Code Course Title Units
WELD 110 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
Welding Units: 4
Total Units: 32 - 35

1This major requires that you complete all courses in the required program plus one area of concentration.

2A minimum of two units required.

The General Agriculture Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Career Information

Management; Supervision; Finance; Insurance; Government; Marketing; Distribution; International Trade; Sales and Service Nursery Management and Operations; Park Maintenance; Landscape Design, Teaching, Communication; Contracting & Maintenance; Fertilizer & Insecticide Application; Research; Retail/Wholesale; Estimator; Consultant; Government Agency employee; Welding Technician; Inspection; Welding Engineering; Sculpting; Home/Handicraft & Hobby; Construction; Trucking & Automotive Some positions, however, require a four-year degree for which CRC’s program is a good base for transfer.

Certificate of Achievement

General Agriculture Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in Agriculture.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AGB 300 Introduction to Agriculture Business 3
AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications 3
PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition (3) 3
   or HORT 302 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition (3)
ANSC 300 Introduction to Animal Science 3
PLTS 300 Introduction to Plant Science 3
Total Units: 15

Certificate

Plant-Based Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

The Plant-Based Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program brings farm-to-fork into the classroom. It provides the science that supports the benefits of whole plant-based foods to the health of the individual as well as the environment. Students will gain knowledge in the function of plant-based foods towards the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. The program addresses the environmental and social concerns with strategies and principles of sustainable agriculture. Students will master the theories and skills of plant-based food preparation bringing the food to the fork and into everyday food choices.

Contact the CRC Nutrition and Foods, Horticulture, and/or Ag Counselor regarding transferable courses.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
NUTRI 303 Plant-Based Nutrition 3
NUTRI 331 Plant-Based Food Principles and Preparation 3
HORT 313 Sustainable Agriculture 3
Total Units: 9

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • PSLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal action and choices.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • PSLO 2: Explain the principles of nutrition and its effect on health.
  • Relate the dietary causes of chronic diseases.
  • Evaluate the role of plant-based foods on health and the environment.
  • PSLO 3: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of health behaviors on nutritional and health status.
  • Schematize the effects of personal food choice on health, the environment and public policy.
  • PSLO 4: Basic and advanced plant science/horticulture skills development and improvement.
  • Demonstrate and apply the theories of sustainable and organic agriculture.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of soils, soil development, soil building and preparation and sustainable soil management.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of hydraulics and irrigation design, installation, and water management principles and practices.
  • Create agriculture design concepts based on sound, sustainable soil management, water conservation, construction and maintenance, and integrated pest management best practices.
  • PSLO 5: Effectively and accurately prepare and analyze raw ingredients and prepared foods.
  • Evaluate food through sensory evaluation of texture, taste, color, presentation, smell and umami.
  • Identify optimal cooking procedures/heat transfer to maximize nutrient content as well as the quality of the ingredients and dish as a whole.
  • Analyze quality defects in cooked products and specify possible errors in techniques or ingredient selection.
  • PSLO 6: Implement proper sanitary and safety techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate food handling and sanitary techniques.
  • Utilize kitchen tools/equipment appropriately.

Career Information

In restaurants, food service facilities, farms, urban farms, sustainable/organic farms, school garden, health education.

Some of these career options may require more than the certificate and two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.