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Hemp Agriculture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 24
Term Effective: Fall 2020


The Hemp Agriculture Certificate of Achievement 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.

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 certificate is focused on hemp agriculture students may apply the knowledge and skills attained to a variety of agricultural production careers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Demonstrate primary methods of plant propagation in the hemp industry;
  2. Identify and compare important developmental stages of the hemp plant;
  3. Design a hemp production plan and schedule from soil preparation through harvest.
  4. Identify and analyze sustainable agronomic hemp cultivation practices.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Hemp Agriculture Certificate program are:

  • Complete 24 units from
    • Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Requirements

Environmental Horticulture: Nursery Requirements - complete 24.00 units
AGRI 20 Introduction to Plant Science3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
HORT 70 Plant Propagation3.00
HORT 72 Greenhouse Production3.00
HORT 144 Landscape Irrigation3.00
SUSAG 50 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
SUSAG 64 Warm Season Vegetable Production2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 7 Agricultural Economics3.00
AGMEC 50 Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Skills3.00
AGRI 98 Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99I Agriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
HORT 71 Nursery Production3.00
HORT 91 Landscape Construction/Estimation3.00
SUSAG 65 Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 103 Composting for Commercial Organic Farming and Gardening1.00
SUSAG 109 Organic Crop Planning and Production4.00
SUSAG 160 Direct Farm Marketing2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

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.

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.


Only one unit of AGRI 98 Independent Study or AGRI 99I Work Experience/Internship is required, but students may elect to take additional units.

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