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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Agriculture program focuses on hands-on skills in sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, and urban farming.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Academic Plan
- Sustainable Agriculture (CER)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Effective Term
- Fall 2019
- Program Notes
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Utilize computer applications relevant to the field for communication, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
- Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to agricultural business planning and operations.
- Effectively plant, maintain and harvest crops by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients, and pests.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
- Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
- Apply environmentally and socially responsible agricultural practices.
- Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients, and organic matter.
- Design and install irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate equipment.
- Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
- Evaluate sustainable food production systems in rural and urban settings.
- Analyze sustainable and conventional food production systems within historical and contemporary contexts.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|AGS164||Plant Growth and Development||SQ||4|
|AGS165AA||Fall Sustainable Crop Production||Prerequisites or Corequisites: AGS164 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|AGS262||Irrigation Design, Installation, Operation, and Trouble Shooting||RC||3|
|CHM130||Fundamental Chemistry||Prerequisites: C or better in [CHM090 or MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or (MAT103AA & MAT103AB) or higher or satisfactory placement score] and [RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101], or permission of the Instructor/Department/Division Chair.||Or permission of Program Director||RC||0–3|
|FON161||Sustainable Food Production Systems||RC||3|
|AGB130||Establishing And Running An Agribusiness||RC||3|
|AGS165AB||Spring Sustainable Crop Production||Prerequisites or Corequisites: AGS164 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|AGS260||Soils||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM130 or permission of Instructor.||SQ||4|
|AGS268||Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment||RC||4|
|AGB132||Agribusiness and Management||RE||3|
|AGS186||Greenhouse Management And Construction||RE||3|
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Course Area Key
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Agriculture (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=135279).
Previous Catalog Years
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.