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Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems Associate Degree

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Program Code: 100903

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

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Farmer
  • Gardener
  • 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
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Sustainable Food & Ag Systems associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
16
Second Semester
Semester Total
15
Summer Before Third Semester
Semester Total
3
Third Semester
Semester Total
16
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
12
Total Credits
62

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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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
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Start here. Finish at a four-year.

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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.

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