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Viticulture (AS) Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 32
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Viticulture major focuses on the growing of grapes for winemaking, including seasonal practices in the vineyard and vineyard management. The program also includes enology and winery operations components.

This program of study is also available as a career certificate option. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Conduct in-depth feasibility studies for new vineyard development, and from the results, prepare comprehensive reports and cost projections appropriate to their planting recommendations;
  2. identify and implement sustainable farming practices that will improve fruit quality, provide efficacious pest and disease management, protect natural resources and the environment, and prepare a farming plan that encompasses these practices;
  3. research and apply all county, state and federal laws regarding vineyard development and maintenance, worker safety, pesticide use, and environmental protection;
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the latest technological advances in vineyard management and incorporate current technology into their farming plans and budgets;
  5. work cooperatively and effectively with wineries to determine optimum harvest parameters, coordinate the operations required, and negotiate a grape contract;
  6. show management and leadership capabilities by effectively training others to perform hands-on vineyard tasks: and
  7. contribute to the winegrape industry and participate in professional organizations at the local, state-wide, national and international levels.

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Viticulture (AS) program are:

  • Complete 32 units from
    • Viticulture Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Viticulture Requirements - complete 31.00 units
AGBUS 2 Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
VIT 1 World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
VIT 51 Viticulture: Fall Practices3.00
VIT 52 Viticulture: Spring Practices3.00
VIT 55 Basic Wine Grape Viticulture3.00
VIT 60 Vineyard Management3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
WINE 42.1 and WINE 42.2
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 7 Agricultural Economics3.00
AGBUS 56 Introduction to Agriculture Business and Management3.00
AGBUS 61 Agricultural Marketing3.00
AGMEC 60 Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
SPAN 72 Spanish for the Wine Industry3.00
VIT 53 Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production3.00
VIT 54 Viticulture: Summer Practices1.00
VIT 114 Sustainable Viticulture1.50
VIT 113 Organic Viticulture1.50
VIT 120 Vineyard Pruning0.50
VIT 121 Pruning Techniques for Vine Balance0.50
VIT 122 Vineyard Canopy Management1.00
VIT 123 Spring Budding & Grafting0.50
VIT 130 Grapevine Physiology1.00
VIT 131 Working with Your Winemaker - Fruit Quality Assurance1.00
VIT 133 Advances in Viticulture1.00
WINE 70 Wine Component Tasting1.50
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Viticulture - effective Summer 2011
Viticulture - effective Spring 2010
Viticulture - effective Fall 2009
Viticulture - effective Fall 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2008
Viticulture - effective Spring 2007
Viticulture - effective Fall 2004

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.

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.

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