BS Wine and Viticulture

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. An understanding of the fundamental principles of wine grape growing, winemaking, and wine business, both domestically and globally, with in-depth knowledge in a chosen sub-discipline (viticulture, enology, or wine business).
  2. Development of the ability to think critically and creatively, analyze and interpret data, and make reasoned and informed decisions.
  3. Development of effective leadership skills, and strong written and oral communication skills.
  4. An understanding of legal and environmental issues, and sustainability principles, within the wine industry.
  5. A high commitment and respect for cultural diversity.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to collaborate with other wine industry professionals.
  7. Create the desire to engage in lifelong learning.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units upper-division
  • GWR
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major, Support or Concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

WVIT 102Global Wine and Viticulture4
WVIT 202Fundamentals of Enology4
WVIT 233Basic Viticulture4
WVIT 331Advanced Viticulture - Fall4
WVIT 339Internship Wine and Viticulture4
WVIT 343Branded Wine Marketing4
WVIT 423Wine Law and Compliance4
WVIT 442Sensory Evaluation of Wine4
WVIT 463Issues, Trends and Careers in the Wine Industry2
AGB 214Agribusiness Financial Accounting4
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B3) 14
BRAE 340Irrigation Water Management (Upper-Division B) 14
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
ECON 222Macroeconomics (D2) 14
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B4) 14
or MATH 141 Calculus I
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
Concentration courses (see below)58-60
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives6-8
Total units180

Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units48