WWCC is now offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems. A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree expands on the knowledge gained in a two-year applied associate degree program by using higher order thinking skills gained in upper division coursework to prepare the student for today’s demanding workforce. This unique degree offers hands-on career training. Employers actively seek graduates of BAS programs because they have gained the necessary knowledge and applicable skills to immediately enter the workforce with minimal to no additional training.

Agricultural systems science is an interdisciplinary science, which systematically analyzes the interactions between the natural, human, climatic, political and economic components of the agroecosystem. The Agricultural Systems degree at WWCC provides successful students with a broad and complete understanding of these complex interactions. Students will learn to adjust current pathways as well as identify new pathways to minimize the many potential negative effects on environmental, societal and human health. In addition to classes in foundational agricultural knowledge, like that of basic soil, plant and animal science, students will be engaged in topics such as agroecology, policy, technology and sustainability to develop their critical thinking skills. This perspective is essential for meeting the increasing demands placed on today’s agricultural systems. The Agricultural Systems degree prepares students to make an active contribution to the agricultural industry through hands-on exposure to diverse experiences and perspectives grounded in applied science and reality. Students who achieve a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Agricultural Systems may also continue their education and enroll in graduate programs.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems must have:

  • Achieved at least an associate-level degree
  • Completed the following courses prior to acceptance in the program:
    • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
    • AGPR 201 Basic Soil Science
    • At least one of the following plant science courses:
      • AGPR 113 Cultivated Plants
      • AGPR 114 Plant Physiology
      • AGPR 215 Field Crop Production
      • BIOL& 213 Plant Biology
    • At least one of the following economics courses:
      • AGRI 201/ECON& 201 Microeconomics
      • AGRI 221 Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets
      • AGRI 222/POLS 222 Agricultural and Water Policy

Note: Substitutions may apply for applicants with degrees from other colleges. Contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for assistance or questions regarding the entrance requirements.

General Education Requirements

Students must complete the following courses with a C or better:

General Education Requirements

60 Credits

Communications 15 Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
CMST 201 or CMST& 210 or CMST& 220 Intercultural Communications or Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking 5
Quantitative Skills 5 Credits
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
Humanities 10 Credits
PHIL 131 Introduction to Ethics 5
PHIL 330 Professional Ethics 5
Social Science 15 Credits
AGRI 201 or ECON& 201 Microeconomics in Agriculture or Microeconomics 5
HIST 105 or SOC& 101 Roots of World Issues or Introduction to Sociology  5
AGRI 222/POLS 222 Agricultural and Water Policy  5
Natural Science 15 Credits
AGPR 201 Basic Soil Science 5
BIOL 130 General Ecology  5
GEOG 212 Introduction to Climate with Lab  5

Lower Division Major Course Requirements

Students must complete the following courses with a C+ or better:

Lower Division Major Course Requirements

66 Credits

AGPR 113 or AGPR 215 Cultivated Plants or Field Crop Production 5
AGPR 114 or BIOL& 213 Plant Physiology or Plant Biology 5
AGPR 1201 Agricultural Chemistry 5
AGPR 140 Agriculture Safety and Pesticides 5
AGPR 202 Soils Fertility and Management 5
AGPR 2242 Pasture and Range Management 5
AGPR 230 Plant Diseases and Insects 3
AGRI 221 Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets 5
ENT 150 Introduction to GIS 3
ENT 151 Advanced GIS  3
ENT 152 Practical Agricultural Applications of GIS  3
EST 202 Biochemical Conversion  5
WTM 112 Irrigation Principles 5
WTM 135 Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources 5
WTM 220 Drip Irrigation 2
1WTM 190, CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161 can be substituted for AGPR 120.
2AGPR 112, AGPR 115 or BIOL& 212 can be substituted for AGPR 224.

Upper Division Major Course Requirements

Students must complete the following courses with a C+ or better:

Upper Division Major Course Requirements

62-65 Credits

BUS 310 Foundations of Leadership 5
BUS 420 Business Strategy and Sustainability 5
PHIL 330 Professional Ethics 5
SAS 310 Principles of Sustainability 5
SAS 330 Water, Soil and Energy Conservation 5
SAS 340 Integrated Pest Management 5
SAS 360 Agricultural Management Systems 5
SAS 420 Advanced Water and Natural Resources Policy 5
SAS 440 Advanced Cropping Systems I 5
SAS 450 Advanced Cropping Systems II 5
SAS 470 Sustainable Agriculture Systems 5
SAS 494 Capstone Project Design 1-5
SAS 495 Sustainable Agriculture Capstone 1

Note: Students may begin upper division coursework in the fall or winter quarter. Part-time options are available. Please contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for details.