AGRI Course Descriptions



AGRI 100 Principles of sustainable agriculture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is an overview of the historical, social and ecological foundations for a sustainable agriculture. Students gain an understanding of the origins of agriculture, the rise of industrial agriculture, the rise of sustainable agriculture, and the context in which we find ourselves today. This course is intended for students interested in agriculture, environmental science and sustainability. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.


AGRI 102 Sustainable urban agriculture practice - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of small-scale organic urban farming. It includes hands-on instruction and an introduction to a range of farm-related topics, including composting and vermicomposting, irrigation systems, propagation and greenhouse management, soil fertility, integrated pest management, plant pathology and disease management, permaculture techniques, and small fruit orchard management. Students explore personal agricultural interests through research projects, visit local farms and gardens and attend key sustainable garden and farm events throughout the semester. This course is intended for students interested in Agriculture, Environmental Science and Sustainability.(FT) AA/AS; CSU.

AGRI 104 seasonAL organic production - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course is a hands-on study of cultural practices, varieties, and economics of production of major seasonal vegetable crops in San Diego County. Topics include strategies for starting and maintaining crops, innovative irrigation methods, essential weed and pest control measures, and marketing. Organic methods are emphasized. This course is intended for students interested in agriculture, environmental science, agricultural education and sustainability. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

AGRI 108 building fertile soil organically - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course demonstrates the vital connection between soil and the food chain that sustains life on this planet. Topics include current trends in soil erosion and degradation, the many roles that soil plays in our environment, symbiotic relationships between beneficial microorganisms and plants, and disease and pest suppression through proper soil management practices. Students participate in creating and maintaining enhanced soil fertility. This course is intended for students interested in the theory and practice of organic soil conservation and management.(FT) AA/AS; CSU.

agri 110 organic fruit tree care- 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course introduces students to fruit tree selection, planting and care for small-scale orchards or home gardens. The course includes knowledge about desirable varieties, hands-on pruning and training methods, and details on pest management. The emphasis is on organic production methods. This course is intended for students interested in agricultural production, agricultural education and sustainability. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

agri 112 organic greenhouse management & plant propagation - 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course introduces skills and concepts associated with the propagation of crop plants. Beginning with seed and seedling biology, the course introduces the cultural requirements and management practices involved in seed germination and seedling development, propagation media, soil mixes, greenhouse structures, greenhouse pest and pathogen management, and general skills in getting plants off to a healthy start, which is critical to successful crop production. Organic methods are emphasized. This course is intended for students interested in agricultural production, management and education and ecology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

agri 116 drip irrigation basics - 2 hours lecture, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of modern high efficiency, low volume irrigation design, installation and maintenance. Topics include water use in California’s Southwestern desert climate, site analysis, soil/water relationships, and transformation of existing wasteful irrigation systems to efficient low volume systems. Students troubleshoot and solve irrigation system problems and prepare a cost estimate for an irrigation system. This course is intended for students interested in agriculture, water conservation, or landscape technology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

agri 128 food preservation skills - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course introduces students to the practice of Food Preservation in a time of energy descent. Topics include canning, dehydrating, fermenting, food preservation history and philosophical approaches associated with insuring food security. This course is intended for students interested in agricultural production, culinary arts and food science. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

AGRI 130 Agriculture Direct marketing internship- 3 Hour Lab, 1 Unit (Letter Grade Only)

Advisory: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level W6/R6
This course provides theory and practice in the direct marketing of fresh produce by way of community supported agriculture (CSA) and farmers’ markets. Classroom time provides an introduction to the marketing options available to small urban farmers and to the business planning process. Students learn to harvest and prepare produce for sale, and gain hands-on experience managing the campus’ weekly farm stand and CSA program. This course is intended for students who plan to complete the Urban Farming Certificate of Achievement. It is also intended for urban agriculture students interested in learning direct marketing of farm products or running a related business.

AGRI 270 Work Experience in Sustainable Urban Agriculture - 60 - 300 hours other, 1-4 units (Grade Only)

A program of on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job related to an occupationally oriented major for which no work experience course is offered. This course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. However, the combined maximum credit for all Work Experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.