The Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science for Transfer Degree provides for applying the various principles of the biological and physical sciences in agriculture. The course offerings are fundamental and broad in scope to transfer and prepare to seek employment. Careers may include Agricultural Products Inspector, Crop Consultant, Soil Surveyor, Farm Manager/Operator, Land-Use Planner, Plant Breeder, and Organic Certification Specialist.
The Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts and knowledge related to the selection, propagation, and management of various plant commodities produced for food, feed, and ber;
Display competency for the use of standard lab, industry equipment, and techniques commonly used in production;
Demonstrate an understanding of scientific research and display critical thinking skills related to hypothesis development and data interpretation as applied to the decision-making process related to commercial production.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Agribusiness Representative, Agricultural Products Inspector, Agronomist, Chemical Fertilizer Sales, College Instructor, Cooperative Extension Agent, Cooperative Manager, Crop Consultant, Crop Production, Crop Scout/Consultant, Education Specialist, Farm Manager, Farming Operation, 4-H Association Youth Specialist, Genetic Engineering Scientist, International Agronomist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land-Use Planner, Organic Certification Specialist, Plant Breeder, Research Technician, Sales Representative, Seed Production, Soil Conservation Specialist, Youth Development Specialist, Waste Management Specialist, Water Quality Specialist, Agronomic Production Manager, Conservation/Environmental Technician, County Agricultural Extension Agents, High School Agriculture Teacher, Plant Geneticist Post secondary Teacher, Seed, Chemical and Fertilizer Consultant, Soil Surveyor Vocational Agriculture Teacher.
California is one of the top states in the nation in annual gross agricultural returns. The livestock industry and over 250 speciality crops provide a variety of career choices. Trained personnel are employed on ranches and farms, as well as the vast agriculture service industry. Career opportunities also exist with governmental agencies. Every year there are several openings in Agriculture Education in California as well as other states. Many will usually require the completion of degree requirements at 4-year colleges and universities of the career opportunities identified.