WWCC is now offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable 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 Sustainable 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 Sustainable 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 Sustainable Agricultural Systems may also continue their education and enroll in graduate programs.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agricultural Systems (BAS SAS) must have achieved at least an associate-level degree prior to acceptance in the program.

General Education Requirements

Students must complete the following general education courses1:

Sustainable Agricultural Systems General Education Requirements

AGPR 2012 Basic Soil Science 5
AGRI 201 or ECON& 201 Microeconomics in Agriculture or Microeconomics 5
AGRI 222/POLS 222 Agricultural and Water Policy 5
BIOL 130 General Ecology 5
CMST& 210 or CMST& 2202 Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking 5
ENGL& 1012 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
GEOG 211 Introduction to Climate and Climate Change 5
HIST 105 or SOC& 101 Roots of World Issues or Introduction to Sociology 5
MATH& 1462 Introduction to Statistics 5
PHIL 131 Introduction to Ethics 5
 PHIL 3303  Professional Ethics  5
 Total 60

Lower Division Major Course Requirements

BAS SAS students must also complete the following lower division major courses1:

Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lower Division Major Course Requirements

AGPR 1132 or AGPR 215 Cultivated Plants or Field Crop Production 5
AGPR 114 or BIOL& 213 Plant Physiology or Plant Biology 5
AGPR 1402 Agriculture Safety and Pesticides 5
AGPR 202 Soils Fertility and Management 5
AGPR 2244 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 1122 Irrigation Principles  5
WTM 135 Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources  5
WTM 190 Water Quality and Environmental Chemistry  5
Degree Program Required Courses5 2
Total 66

Upper Division Major Course Requirements

BAS SAS students must complete the following upper division major courses:

Sustainable Agricultural Systems Upper Division Major Course Requirements

BUS 310 Foundations of Leadership 5
BUS 360 Project Management 5
BUS 420 Business Strategy and Sustainability 5
SAS 310 Principles of Sustainability 5
SAS 330 Water, Soil and Energy Conservation 5
SAS 340 Integrated Pest Management 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 495 Sustainable Agriculture Capstone 7-10
Total 57-60

1 Substitutions may apply for applicants with degrees from other colleges; contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for assistance

2 Prerequisite course required prior to entering the BAS SAS degree program

3 This upper division course cannot be taken until the student is enrolled in the BAS SAS degree program

4 AGPR 112, AGPR 115 or BIOL& 212 can be substituted for AGPR 224

5 Minimum of 2 credits from WWCC Agriculture or Water Technologies Management programs

Example coursework for years 3 & 4 of the BAS in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

The actual order may vary depending on student placement, start date, quarter, and courses previously completed; there is also a part-time option available. Please contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for details.

Year 3

Year 4

Fall Quarter

Fall Quarter

Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
BUS 310 Foundations of Leadership 5 PHIL 330 Professional Ethics  5
SAS 440 Advanced Principles of Agroecology 5 SAS 330 Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry 5
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10 SAS 340 Integrated Pest Management 5
SAS 495 Sustainable Agriculture Capstone 2-3
Total Credits 15-20 Total Credits 17-18

Winter Quarter

Winter Quarter

BUS 420 Business Strategy and Sustainability 5 SAS 420 Advanced Water & Natural Resources Policy  5
SAS 310 Principles of Sustainability 5 SAS 470 Sustainable Agriculture Systems 5
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10 Program Required Course(s)***** 5-10
Total Credits 15-20 Total Credits 15-20

Spring Quarter

Spring Quarter

BUS 360 Project Management 5 SAS 450 Advanced Cropping Systems II  5
Program Required Course(s)5 10-15 SAS 495 Capstone Project 5-7
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10
Total Credits 15-20 Total Credits 15-22
Year Three Total Credits 45-60 Year Four Total Credits 45-60
YAS Degree Total 183-186

5 Lower division courses required to complete the BAS SAS degree program.

Example coursework for years 3 & 4 of the BAS in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

The actual order may vary depending on student placement, start date, quarter, and courses previously completed; there is also a part-time option available. Please contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for details.

Year 3

Fall Quarter

Course # Course Name Credits
BUS 310 Foundations of Leadership 5
SAS 440 Advanced Principles of Agroecology 5
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10
Total Credits 15-20

Winter Quarter

BUS 420 Business Strategy and Sustainability 5
SAS 310 Principles of Sustainability 5
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10
Total Credits 15-20

Spring Quarter

BUS 360 Project Management 5
Program Required Course(s)5 10-15
Total Credits 15-20
Year Three Total Credits 45-60

Year 4

Fall Quarter

Course # Course Name Credits
PHIL 330 Professional Ethics  5
SAS 330 Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry 5
SAS 340 Integrated Pest Management 5
SAS 495 Sustainable Agriculture Capstone 2-3
Total Credits 17-18

Winter Quarter

SAS 420 Advanced Water & Natural Resources Policy  5
SAS 470 Sustainable Agriculture Systems 5
Program Required Course(s)***** 5-10
Total Credits 15-20

Spring Quarter

SAS 450 Advanced Cropping Systems II  5
SAS 495 Capstone Project 5-7
Program Required Course(s)5 5-10
Total Credits 15-22
Year Four Total Credits 45-60
YAS Degree Total 183-186

5 Lower division courses required to complete the BAS SAS degree program.