Sustainable Agriculture (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Sustainable Agriculture
Program Code: 1310

About This Major . . .

The Sustainable Agriculture curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable agriculture, focusing on crop and animal production with farm business. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and practical field training. Students will complete a business plan and an agricultural internship in marketing and farming. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with sustainable agriculture, including horticultural and livestock operations, wholesale and retail management, nursery operations, and environmental and agricultural education.

This program will provide the student with an understanding of Sustainable Agriculture and its principles of operation and control. The graduate will understand the technical aspects of the work, the responsibilities of the work and the importance of safety in this vitally important career.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal and written and electronic forms that are needed for entry level employment. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical and applied physics concepts for industry to meet employment requirements. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize and apply information/data relevant to business, sciences and technical careers. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, and principles and application of technical skills. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Perform the necessary applied skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry level employment. (Applied Learning)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • A minimum of 16 hours taken at CMU in no fewer than two semesters.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

Communication
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics
MATH 108Technical Mathematics (or higher) 13
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(37 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

Agriculture Courses
AGRS 100Practical Crop Production3
AGRS 100LPractical Crop Production Laboratory1
AGRS 102Agriculture Economics3
AGRS 105Animal Science3
AGRS 125Agricultural Machinery3
AGRS 205Farm and Ranch Management3
AGRS 210Agricultural Marketing3
AGRS 240Introduction to Soil Science3
AGRS 240LIntroduction to Soil Science Laboratory1
AGRS 293Cooperative Experience5
Total Semester Credit Hours28
Restricted Electives
Select 9 semester hours of the following. See recommended advising tracks.9
Principles of Financial Accounting
Introduction to Entomology
Introduction to Entomology Laboratory
Composting
Integrated Pest Management
Farm Structures and Green Houses
Agricultural Finance
Integrated Ranch Management
Feeds and Feeding
Farm Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation
Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation Laboratory
Plant Propagation
Livestock Practicum
Topics:
Business Information Technology
Total Semester Credit Hours9

General Electives

(6 semester hours)

MATH 108Technical Mathematics1
Select Additional Electives5
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Animal Science Advising Sheet

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MATH 108 Technical Mathematics 4
AGRS 100 Practical Crop Production 3
AGRS 100L Practical Crop Production Laboratory 1
AGRS 125 Agricultural Machinery 3
AGRS 105 Animal Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
AGRS 230 Farm Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
AGRS 102 Agriculture Economics 3
AGRS 205 Farm and Ranch Management 3
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer Semester
AGRS 293 Cooperative Experience 5
 Semester Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
AGRS 240 Introduction to Soil Science 3
AGRS 240L Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
AGRS 250 Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation 1
AGRS 250L Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation Laboratory 2
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
KINA 1XXActivity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
AGRS 210 Agricultural Marketing 3
AGRS 288 Livestock Practicum 3
AGRS 225 Feeds and Feeding 4
AGRS 296 Topics: (Sustainable Agriculture Practices) 1-3
General Electives (if needed) 2
 Semester Credit Hours15-17
 Total Semester Credit Hours62-64

Crop/Plant Advising Sheet

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MATH 108 Technical Mathematics 4
AGRS 100 Practical Crop Production 3
AGRS 100L Practical Crop Production Laboratory 1
AGRS 125 Agricultural Machinery 3
AGRS 105 Animal Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
AGRS 102 Agriculture Economics 3
AGRS 103 Introduction to Entomology 2
AGRS 103L Introduction to Entomology Laboratory 1
AGRS 205 Farm and Ranch Management 3
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer Semester
AGRS 293 Cooperative Experience 5
 Semester Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
AGRS 240 Introduction to Soil Science 3
AGRS 240L Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
AGRS 260 Plant Propagation 3
General Elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
KINA 1XXActivity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
AGRS 210 Agricultural Marketing 3
AGRS 110 Integrated Pest Management 3
General Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Bio-Agriculture Advising Sheet

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MATH 108 Technical Mathematics 4
AGRS 100 Practical Crop Production 3
AGRS 100L Practical Crop Production Laboratory 1
AGRS 125 Agricultural Machinery 3
AGRS 105 Animal Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
AGRS 102 Agriculture Economics 3
AGRS 103 Introduction to Entomology 2
AGRS 103L Introduction to Entomology Laboratory 1
AGRS 205 Farm and Ranch Management 3
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer Semester
AGRS 293 Cooperative Experience 5
 Semester Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
AGRS 240 Introduction to Soil Science 3
AGRS 240L Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
AGRS 260 Plant Propagation 3
AGRS 296
Topics:
or Composting
3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
KINA 1XXActivity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
AGRS 210 Agricultural Marketing 3
AGRS 110 Integrated Pest Management 3
General Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Agriculture Business Advising Sheet

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MATH 108 Technical Mathematics 4
AGRS 100 Practical Crop Production 3
AGRS 100L Practical Crop Production Laboratory 1
AGRS 105 Animal Science 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
AGRS 102 Agriculture Economics 3
AGRS 205 Farm and Ranch Management 3
CISB 101 Business Information Technology 3
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer Semester
AGRS 293 Cooperative Experience 5
 Semester Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
AGRS 240 Introduction to Soil Science 3
AGRS 240L Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
AGRS 125 Agricultural Machinery 3
AGRS 208 Agricultural Finance 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
KINA 1XXActivity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Social Science, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
AGRS 210 Agricultural Marketing 3
General Elective 2
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.