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 Program Learning Objectives

  1. Achieve a high degree of agricultural literacy.
  2. Lead and direct individuals and groups in thought and action.
  3. Analyze and communicate effectively the major issues in agriculture.
  4. Demonstrate cultural competencies in an increasingly global agricultural industry and society.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  6. Seamlessly and professionally integrate technology into practices.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, student must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

AGED 102Introduction to Agricultural Education2
or AGC 102 Orientation to Agricultural Communication
AGED 404Agricultural Leadership3
AGED 410Computer Applications in Agricultural Education2
AGED 460Research Methodology in Agricultural Education and Communication1
AGED 461Senior Project I1
or AGC 461 Senior Project I
AGED 462Senior Project II1
or AGC 462 Senior Project II
AGC 452Current Trends and Issues in Agricultural Communication4
or AG 360 Holistic Management
or AG 450 Applied Holistic Management
or AG 452 Issues Affecting California Agriculture
Foundation in Agriculture Courses
AGB 202Introduction to Sales4
AGB 212Agricultural Economics4
AGB 301Food and Fiber Marketing4
or WVIT 343 Branded Wine Marketing
Animal Science
ASCI 112Principles of Animal Science (B2) 14
Select from the following8
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Swine Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Equine Science
Introduction to Poultry Management
General Dairy Husbandry
Ag Systems Technology
BRAE 121Agricultural Mechanics2
BRAE 141Agricultural Machinery Safety3
BRAE 321Agricultural Safety3
BRAE 340Irrigation Water Management (B7) 14
Plant Science
AEPS 120Principles of Horticulture and Crop Science4
AEPS 190California Vegetable Production4
or AEPS 230 Environmental Horticulture
or AEPS 240 Commercial Seed Production
or AEPS 245 Horticultural Production Techniques
Natural Resources
NR/ES 308Fire and Society (D5) 14
or NR 323 Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
or SS 130 Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems
Safe Practices in Handling Food Products
DSCI 231General Dairy Manufacturing4
or FSN 230 Elements of Food Processing
FSN 275Elements of Food Safety4
Approved Electives in Emphasis Area
Select courses from the Guide to Approved Electives - Emphasis Areas. At least 29 units in the combination of Approved and Free Electives must be at the 300-400 level.24
Foundation Science and Mathematics
BOT 121General Botany4
or MCRO 221 Microbiology
or PHYS 121 College Physics I
CHEM 110World of Chemistry (B3 & B4) 14
or CHEM 127 General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 1,24
or MATH 119 Precalculus Trigonometry
or MATH 141 Calculus I
or MATH 161 Calculus for the Life Sciences I
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives18
Students are encouraged to consult with the academic advisor in developing a plan for fulfilling degree requirements. At least 29 units of Approved and Free Electives must be at the 300-400 level.
Total units180

Guide to Approved Agricultural Electives - Emphasis Areas

Approved agricultural electives have been categorized by emphasis area to guide students. Advisor approval of agricultural electives is not required, but consultation with an advisor is recommended to ensure that the required number of upper-division units is met. Also, bear in mind that selection may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals. It is imperative for students seeking a teaching credential to select one Emphasis Area and adhere to the approved list of courses.

Emphasis Areas
Select Emphasis Area of choice:24
Agricultural Engineering Technology
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management
Design Graphics and CAD for Agricultural Engineering
3-D Solids Modeling
Agricultural Engineering Laboratory
Precision Farming
Aquacultural Engineering
Internal Combustion Engines
Landscape Irrigation
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Drip/Micro Irrigation
Advanced Agricultural Mechanics
Water Wells and Pumps
Agribusiness Financial Accounting
Agribusiness Data Literacy
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
Advanced Sales Techniques
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
Agricultural Policy
Agriculture Economic Analysis
Fair and Fair Facility Management
Principles of Agribusiness Management
Decision Making with Agribusiness Accounting Information
Agricultural Personnel Management
World Food Economy
Food Retail Management
Field Studies in Agribusiness
Produce Marketing
Advanced Fair Management Seminar
Animal Science
Meat Science
Livestock Show Management
Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Swine Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Introduction to Poultry Management
Livestock Evaluation
General Animal Science Laboratory
Principles of Rangeland Management
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health Concerns
Egg Production, Processing and Distribution
Poultry Meat Production and Processing
Poultry Business Management
Nonruminant Nutrition
Meat Industry Study Tour
General Dairy Husbandry
Dairy Cattle Selection, Breeds, Fitting and Showing
Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology
Dairy Animal Health, Safety and Applied Technology
Crop and Soil Science
Forage Crops
California Vegetable Production
Commercial Seed Production
Horticultural Production Techniques
Weed Biology and Management
Citrus and Avocado Fruit Production
Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
Advanced Vegetable Science
Soil Health and Plant Nutrition
Soil Plant Relationships
Soil Judging
Forestry and Natural Resources
Wildlife Conservation Biology
Environmental Management
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Fire and Society
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Water Systems Technology, Issues and Impacts
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Ethnicity and the Land
Forest Health
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Ornamental Horticulture
General Botany
Landscape Installation and Maintenance
Plant Propagation
Principles of Landscape Design
Cut Flower Production
Potted Plant Production
Turfgrass Management
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Nursery Crop Production
Specialized Operations for Golf Courses and Athletic Fields
Park and Public Space Management
Landscape Irrigation

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units52