AGRI Program Descriptions

 

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture program within the Life Sciences Department includes both an Associate Degree track for students planning to transfer and continue their agriculture education at a four-year university, as well as three career tech tracks:


  • Organic Gardening for the Culinary Arts (6 units) gives you a taste of the skills needed to work in urban farming as a profession,
  • Urban Gardening (12 units) is for those who are interested in obtaining an agriculture-related job or developing a larger-scale home garden, and
  • Urban Farming Professional (30 units) was developed specifically for those who are preparing to establish and operate an urban farm-related business.

You do not have to declare a certificate track to take courses in the program. Students apply for a certificate upon completion of all courses in that track.


URBAN FARMING PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

This certificate prepares students and professionals to establish and operate an urban farm business.

COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

UNITS

AGRI 100 

Principles of Sustainable Agriculture

3

AGRI 102 

Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice

3

AGRI 104 

Seasonal Organic Production

3

AGRI 125

Introduction to Soil Science*

3

AGRI 110 

Organic Fruit Tree Care

3

AGRI 114

Plant Propagation**

3

AGRI 116 

Drip Irrigation Basics

2

AGRI 130 

Agriculture Direct Marketing Internship

1

AGRI 270 

Work Experience in Sustainable Urban Agriculture

3

BUSE 157 

Starting a Small Business

3

BUSE 119 

Business Communications 

3

Total Units

 

30

 

URBAN GARDENING - CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

This certificate prepares students for careers at an organic farm, nursery, or commercial greenhouse; and to manage a community garden

 COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

UNITS

 

 

AGRI 102 

Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice

3

 

 

AGRI 104 

Seasonal Organic Production 

3


CHOOSE 6 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES:

UNITS

 

AGRI 100 

Principles of Sustainable Agriculture

 

AGRI 125

Introduction to Soil Science*

 

AGRI 110 

Organic Fruit Tree Care 

 

AGRI 114

Plant Propagation

 

AGRI 116 

Drip Irrigation Basics 

 

AGRI 128 

Food Preservation Skills

 

SUST 250 

Field Experience In Sustainability

 

Total Units 

12 

 

 

ORGANIC GARDENING FOR THE CULINARY ARTS - CERTIFICATE OF PERFORMANCE

This certificate provides the skills and knowledge needed by professionals to implement a healthier, more sustainable food system that emphasizes small-scale urban food production.

COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

UNITS

AGRI 102 

 

Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice

AGRI 128 

 

Food Preservation Skills

AGRI 104 

 

Seasonal Organic Production

Total Units 

 

SUSTAINABLE URBAN AGRICULTURE - ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE

This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year college to continue their studies in agriculture-related fields.

COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

UNITS

 

AGRI 100 

Principles of Sustainable Agriculture 

 

AGRI 102 

Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice

 

AGRI 104 

Seasonal Organic Production

 

AGRI 125

Introduction to Soil Science

 

BIOL 107 

General Biology-Lecture and Laboratory

 

CHEM 100 

Fundamentals of Chemistry

 

CHEM 100L 

Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory

 

SUST 101 

Introduction to Sustainability

 

 

*Previously AGRI 108: Building Fertile Soil Organically

**Previously AGRI 112: Greenhouse Management and Plant Propagation

Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Program Description:
Sustainable Urban Agriculture offers a hands-on approach for students to enter into the academic and/or professional fields related to sustainable agriculture. Students gain skills to critically analyze historical and current food systems in order to offer alternative solutions to create more sustainable food system models. Students gain practical experience working alongside professional urban farmers and farm educators in the Seeds at City Urban Farm on the City College campus.

Program Goals:
This program provides students the opportunity to analyze issues and implement solutions related to small-scale urban agriculture and to apply their knowledge in hands-on learning at the Seeds at City Urban Farm. The primary aim is to train a diverse group of skilled organic practitioners who actively participate in improving the health of their environment, food, and communities through small scale organic food production, education, advocacy, and social service programs.

Program Emphasis:
This program provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management, and crop production while focusing on ecological principles of sustainable agriculture. Courses emphasize the how-to aspects of organic gardening and farming, including compost production, greenhouse propagation, crop planning and production.

Career Options:
San Diego City College offers certificates, degrees and transfer options in the Sustainable Urban Agriculture program. The Certificate of Performance, Organic Gardening for the Culinary Arts, compliments educational programs in the culinary arts. The Urban Gardener Certificate of Achievement provides skills and knowledge for careers at an organic farm, nursery, commercial greenhouse or to manage a community garden. The Certificate of Achievement in Urban Farming prepares students and professionals to establish and operate an organic urban farm business. The Sustainable Urban Agriculture, Associate in Science Degree, prepares students to transfer to a four-year college to study agriculture, sustainable agriculture, plant science, crop science, agricultural business, or ecology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete this program should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the three facets of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) both in general and as they apply specifically to landscaping, practices.
  • Understand and explain the components of a food system.
  • Design an organic urban farm that support natural ecosystems, human health, and water conservation.
  • Evaluate the soil food web.
  • Create a crop plan that is appropriate for the southwest region.
  • Identify plant disease and pests and incorporate integrated pest management and other organic strategies for a resilient food system.
  • Demonstrate basic propagation techniques.