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Agriculture - Plant and Soils Science

Industry Description
Production agriculture is an applied science industry requiring trained technicians and professionals with knowledge of biological and chemical principles. Persons employed in the agricultural science field need to apply this knowledge to the production of food and fiber at the primary producer, support services, or research and development level. As the agricultural science industry advances in the use of technology, there is a continued demand for trained individuals.  

Department Overview
Agriculture Science combines the fields of biology and chemistry with a practical understanding of crop and livestock production and management. The primary objectives of the program are to offer students technical knowledge in the areas of soils and fertilizers, pests and control procedures, and crop and livestock production and management. These objectives are accomplished with lecture/discussion periods, lab exercises, and field trips to production enterprise areas. Some courses are available for distance learning for students. The Agriculture Science curriculum is reviewed by an advisory committee composed of local and regional industry members and adheres to national and state skill standards.  

Degrees

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Plant and Soil Science or Animal Science, upon completion of a two-year program of study. The Plant and Soil Science option focuses on crop production, soil fertility and management, and weed biology and identification. The Animal Science option focuses on livestock production, animal nutrition and health, and practical meat cutting. A Plant and Soil Science or Animal Science Certificate, are available upon completion of the first year of study.

For those students interested in attending a baccalaureate institution, WWCC offers a number of direct transfer degrees in Agriculture Science. This allows students to complete the first two-years at WWCC before transferring to a baccalaureate institution.



Career Opportunities
  • Farm/Ranch Managers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Field Personnel
  • Greenhouse/Nursery Personnel


Scholarships
Ag Business/Ag Science Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. The award will range from $250-$1500 depending on available funds. Contact the Ag Science Department to request a scholarship application.


Entrance Requirements
It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement and paying a priority list fee to determine specific quarter start in the program. Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall. A placement test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.

Other Information

The Agriculture Science program is part of the Tech-Prep consortium in the State of Washington. Tech-Prep credits from specific high school studies can be awarded for selected courses. Contact your local school counselor or WWCC for more information. Students considering transferring should consult with an advisor in the agriculture department prior to taking courses for transfer credit. Program scholarships are available each year to assist students. Contact a program advisor to obtain an application or for more information.

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.

The Agriculture Center of Excellence is a flagship institution connecting education and industry to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce. The Center of Excellence addresses workforce training needs and education for the agricultural industry by supporting the community and technical college system, as well as collaborating with the K-12 system and four-year colleges/universities. Visit www.agcenterofexcellence.com for more information.