The Hemp Agriculture major provides a rigorous and comprehensive foundation
for students seeking positions in the hemp industry that propagate, grow, and
market a variety of products for consumers, commercial enterprises, or the
wholesale market. The program delivers both lecture and hands-on laboratory
experience in: Plant science, growth, and development; Soil and plant nutrition;
Integrated pest management; Nursery and crop production; Irrigation methods,
system design, and troubleshooting; and Principles of sustainable agriculture.
While these topics apply to production of any crop, these courses will offer
contextualized units, assignments, and/or lab activities that apply these topics to
specific aspects of the hemp plant.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
Hemp represents a multi-billion dollar industry and is poised to grow
exponentially following federal legalization in 2018. Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is
a genetically distinct biotype of cannabis sativa grown for fiber, seed or oil. In
federal law, hemp by definition contains less than 0.3% THC, the compound in
marijuana known for its psychoactive effects (the euphoric “high”). Hemp is used
in the production of a wide range of products, including food and beverages,
cosmetics and personal care products, nutritional supplements, fabrics and
textiles, construction and insulation materials, and other manufactured goods. In
addition, hemp is used to produce non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD), which
has shown enormous promise for a variety of medical applications.
While this major is focused on hemp agriculture students may apply the
knowledge and skills attained to a variety of agricultural production careers.
This program of study is also available as a certificate option.
- Demonstrate primary methods of plant propagation in the hemp industry.
- Identify and compare important developmental stages of the hemp plant.
- Design a hemp production plan and schedule from soil preparation through harvest.
- Identify and analyze sustainable agronomic hemp cultivation practices.
The requirements for the Hemp Agriculture (AS) program are:
Complete 26 units from
- Hemp Agriculture
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Hemp Agriculture - complete 25.00 units
|Introduction to Plant Science
|Soil & Plant Nutrition
|Integrated Pest Management
|Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
|Warm Season Crop Production
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
|Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Skills
|Independent Study in Agriculture
|Cool Season Vegetable Production
|Composting for Organic Farming and Gardening
|Organic Crop Planning and Production
|Direct Farm Marketing
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
|Introduction to Information Literacy
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.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
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.
Only one unit of AGRI 98 Independent Study or AGRI 99I Work Experience/Internship is required, but students may elect to take additional units.