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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Agriculture Science

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Agriculture Science

Agriculture Science Program
Bruce Hicks, Chair (530) 895-2514
Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2551
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Agriculture Science program offers an Associate of Science degree for those students interested in a more general course of study. Students with a background in production agriculture, 4-H or FFA will find success in this program as they pursue a career with an emphasis in agriculture sciences, agriculture education, and agribusiness occupations.

Career Opportunities
California ranks first in the nation in annual gross agricultural returns. The livestock industry and over 250 specialty 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.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Agriculture Science 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and apply the principles and techniques of modern crop and livestock management.
  • Describe fundamental care practices for animals, including selection, handling and management.
  • Distinguish common types of agricultural pests including weeds, diseases, and insects.
  • Calibrate plant protection equipment including hand-held, ATV, trailer, and orchard sprayers.
  • Select appropriate fertilizers, basic application methods, and recognize their effect on plants and the environment.
  • Describe how breeding, genetics, and biotechnology are used to increase agricultural production.
  • Demonstrate scientific evaluation skills including interpreting graphs and data from scientific papers.
Required courses for the major: 43 Units

AGR 99 Work Experience-AGR Has prerequisite(s)2
Electives - Select 6 units from the following:6

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