Viticulture and Enology (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Viticulture and Enology
Program Code: 1309

About This Major . . .

About This Major . . . The Viticulture and Enology curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, vineyard and/or winemaking business. Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable viticulture, focusing on cultivars that are suitable for Colorado, as well as the science of fermentation, and the fundamentals of producing and testing wine. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and practical field training. As part of their education, students will participate in the establishment and management of a vineyard, and the production of wine. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with viticulture and winemaking businesses.

This program will provide the student with an understanding of the viticulture and enology industry, the principles and science underlying operation and control decisions, and financial practices and measures common to the businesses. 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)

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:

  • 65 semester hours total for the AAS, Viticulture and Enology.
  • A minimum of 16 semester 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.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
Select one of the following courses:3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communications
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
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

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

AGRS 100Practical Crop Production3
AGRS 100LPractical Crop Production Laboratory1
AGRS 101Fermented Beverages3
AGRS 104Agriculture Chemistry3
AGRS 106Fermentation Science2
AGRS 106LFermentation Science Laboratory1
AGRS 130Vineyard Establishment and Management3
AGRS 130LVineyard Establishment and Management Laboratory1
AGRS 165Winemaking I3
AGRS 165LWinemaking I Laboratory1
AGRS 170Sensory Analysis3
AGRS 189Viticulture Practicum3
AGRS 202Winery Operations and Marketing3
AGRS 205Farm and Ranch Management3
AGRS 240Introduction to Soil Science3
AGRS 240LIntroduction to Soil Science Laboratory1
AGRS 245Winemaking II2
AGRS 245LWinemaking II Laboratory1
AGRS 255Viticulture Harvest and Post-harvest Management2
AGRS 255LViticulture Harvest and Post-harvest Management Laboratory1
AGRS 270Science of Winemaking2
AGRS 275Winemaking III3
Total Semester Credit Hours48
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
AGRS 100
Practical Crop Production
and Practical Crop Production Laboratory
AGRS 101 Fermented Beverages 3
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 107 Career Math 3
KINA 1XXActivity Course 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
AGRS 104 Agriculture Chemistry 3
AGRS 106
Fermentation Science
and Fermentation Science Laboratory
AGRS 130
Vineyard Establishment and Management
and Vineyard Establishment and Management Laboratory
AGRS 165
Winemaking I
and Winemaking I Laboratory
Select one of the following: 3
English Composition II-GTCO2  
Interpersonal Communications  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Summer Semester
AGRS 189 Viticulture Practicum 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall Semester
AGRS 240
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory
AGRS 245
Winemaking II
and Winemaking II Laboratory
AGRS 255
Viticulture Harvest and Post-harvest Management
and Viticulture Harvest and Post-harvest Management Laboratory
AGRS 270 Science of Winemaking 2
Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
AGRS 170 Sensory Analysis 3
AGRS 202 Winery Operations and Marketing 3
AGRS 205 Farm and Ranch Management 3
AGRS 275 Winemaking III 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours65

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

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