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The Sustainable Agriculture major 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.
This program of study is also available as a career certificate option. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.
The requirements for the Sustainable Agriculture (AS) program are:
Complete 25 units from
- Sustainable Agriculture Requirements
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Sustainable Agriculture Requirements - complete 24.00 units
|Introduction to Plant Science
|Soil & Plant Nutrition
|Integrated Pest Management
|Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
|Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills
|Direct Farm Marketing
|Organic Crop Planning and Production
|Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
|Agricultural Enterprise Project
|Independent Study in Agriculture
|Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals
|Warm Season Vegetable Production
|Cool Season Vegetable Production
|Composting for Commercial Organic Farming and Gardening
|Organic Apple Production
|Organic Fruit Tree & Berry Production
|Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation
|Specialty Crop Production
|Organic Gardening and Food Production
|Community Supported Agriculture
|Community Supported Agriculture Late Spring
|Community Supported Agriculture Summer
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
|Introduction to Information Literacy
|Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects
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.