Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems - Associate Degree
As a graduate of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems associate degree program, you're ready for careers in sustainable gardening, field crop production, livestock operations as well as emerging areas like aquaponics. You will have the necessary knowledge to run your own successful food-related business and add value to your farm products or be qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with sustainable agriculture, including commercial gardens, livestock operations, farmer support, and local food system efforts.
Follow Your Path
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
Sustainable Agriculture, 900901
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
- Submit the following to email@example.com: High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript) College transcript
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Sustainable Food & Ag Systems associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
- 10890101 - College 101 1
- 10090111 - Sustainable Ag: Issues & Pract 2
- 10090118 - Beekeeping & Pollinators 1
- 10090130 - Herbs & Health 2
- 10090115 - Aquaculture/Aquaponics 2
- 10090139 - Org Soils, Nutrients, Compost 2
- 10001117 - Applied Botany 2
- 10090119 - Cheese Making & Fermentation 1
- 10809198 - Intro to Psychology 3
Summer Before Third Semester
- Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
- Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enroll in Technical Reporting.
- Evaluate sustainable food systems and farms
- Balance soil health
- Make business and financial decisions
- Maintain farm records
- Market sustainable, diverse products
- Grow sustainable crops
- Practice animal husbandry
- Assist in the management of farm operations
- Innovate in value-added food and logistics
- Fill out organic certification paperwork and comply with standards
- Use effective oral and written communication skills
- Utilize problem solving skills
- Perform safe work practices
What careers are in my future?
A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
- Crop production specialist
- Farm-to-school program leader
- Livestock operations manager
- Sustainable agriculture wholesale and retail management
- Feed/animal health sales/consulting
- Certifying agency inspector
What's next after graduation?
Start here. Finish at a four-year.
NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.
What else do I need to know about the program?
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.
Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.