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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 26
Term Effective: Fall 2024


The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate of Achievement program is designed to train farmers and gardeners in the techniques of sustainable food production. It provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management, and ecological agriculture, and emphasizes the "how-to" aspects of organic gardening and farming, including tillage, compost production, and crop planning and production.

Students will engage actively in their learning experience by working on SRJC's Shone Farm, participating in the production and distribution of sustainable agriculture products, and participating with local farmers to discover and support best practices.

This program will prepare students for occupations that involve sustainable agriculture practices. Typical job titles include: farming, agricultural production, market gardener, farm manager, propagator, crop consultant, organic inspectors, farm advisor, agricultural supplier, compost production and sales.

For students interested in an Associate degree, a Sustainable Agriculture major is available.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Plan and manage diverse crop farming enterprises based on ecological management practices.
  2. Apply scientific literacy to the management of agricultural systems.
  3. Identify and pursue appropriate market channels for vegetable and fruit crops.
  4. Utilize appropriate tools and techniques for the propagation, maintenance, and harvest of organically grown crops.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program are:

  • Complete 26 units from
    • Sustainable Agriculture Requirements

Sustainable Agriculture Requirements - complete 26.00 units
AGMEC 50Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Skills3.00
AGRI 20Introduction to Plant Science4.00
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70Integrated Pest Management3.00
SUSAG 50Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
SUSAG 160Direct Farm Marketing2.00
SUSAG 109Organic Crop Planning and Production4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
AGRI 56Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
AGRI 98Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
ANSCI 153Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals3.00
SUSAG 56Sustainable Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
SUSAG 64Warm Season Crop Production2.00
SUSAG 65Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 103Composting for Organic Farming and Gardening1.00
SUSAG 116Organic Apple Production1.00
SUSAG 117Organic Fruit Tree and Berry Production1.50
SUSAG 119Specialty Crop Production2.00
SUSAG 120Organic Gardening and Food Production2.00
SUSAG 153Community Supported Agriculture2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2024

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2023
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2022
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2017
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2014
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2013
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2010
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2006
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2004

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


The Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon completion of all requirements with a grade of "C" or better.

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