AGRI Program Descriptions

 
The Sustainable Urban Agriculture program within the Life Sciences Department includes two Associate Degree tracks for students planning to transfer and continue their agriculture education at a four-year university, as well as three certificate programs. The program also hosts the San Diego Viticulture Apprenticeship. 

Associate degrees:
  • Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science Degree for Transfer 
  • Associate in Science in Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Certificates:
  • Organic Gardening for the Culinary Arts (6 units) 
  • Urban Gardening (12 units) 
  • Urban Farming Professional (30 units) 
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.

Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science Degree for Transfer:

This is best suited for students who would like to transfer to a 4-year university in California for agriculture plant science or related topic. This degree currently articulates (requiring no more than 60 units to graduate) at California State Universities: Chico, San Jose, Stanislaus, and at California Polytechnic Institute at Pomona. More articulation agreements are expected, and other schools may accepted these classes but may not guarantee the 60 unit.

Careers for graduates in plant science could include: agronomist, greenhouse manager, golf course superintendent, horticulturalist, plant biologist, plant researcher, agronomy sales and management, cooperative extension agent, landscaper designer, research associate, seed production technician, soil scientist etc. 

Courses required for major (20 units + general education requirements):
  • AGRI 125 Introduction to Soil Science – 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 114 Plant Propagation – 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 107 Introduction to Agricultural Plant Science – 4 units  (SP)
  • CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry – 3 units (B)
  • CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory – 1 units (B)
  • ECON 121 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 units (B)
  • MATH 119 Elementary Statistics – 3 units (B)

Associate in Science in Sustainable Urban Agriculture:

This degree is best suited for students who would like to gain an associates degree, but who are not interested in transferring, or would like to transfer for a agriculture related topic other than plant science. Depending on whether or not students transfer and gain a 4-year degree, careers could include: greenhouse technician, nursery manager, educational farm management, farm production assistant, farm manager, organic certification specialist, crop consultant, crop production, and more. 

Courses required for major (23 units + general education requirements):
  • AGRI 100  Principles of Sustainable Agriculture  - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 102  Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice - 3  units (F)
  • AGRI 104  Sustainable Vegetable Production - 3  units (SP)
  • AGRI 125 Introduction to Soil Science - 3 units(F)
  • BIOL 107  General Biology-Lecture and Laboratory – 4  units (B - soon to be replaced by AGRI 107 SP)
  • CHEM 100  Fundamentals of Chemistry – 3  units (B)
  • CHEM 100L  Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory - 1 units (B)
  • SUST 101  Introduction to Sustainability - 3 units (F)

Urban Farming Professional Certificate of Achievement (29 units)

This certificate is designed for students planning to start their own farm or food production business, or for students who would like to enter the workforce in an agriculture field. Graduates with this certificate typically start a farm business; work as a crop production manager, nursery assistant/manager or in related fields. 

Courses required for the major (29 units)

  • AGRI 100 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture – 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 102  Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 104  Sustainable Vegetable Production - 3 units (SP)
  • AGRI 125 Introduction to Soil Science* - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 110  Introduction to Fruit Tree Management - 3 units (SP)
  • AGRI 114 Plant Propagation** - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 116  Drip Irrigation Basics - 2 units (SP)
  • AGRI 270  Work Experience in Sustainable Urban Agriculture - 3 units (B)
  • BUSE 157  Starting a Small Business - 3 units (B)
  • BUSE 119  Business Communications  - 3 units (B)

Urban Gardening Certificate of achievement (12 units)

This certificate is generally utilized by students who are pursuing another degree, or already possess another degree, but would like a career change or to gain agriculture skills without the commitment of the larger certificate. Graduates with this certificate could expect to work at an organic farm, nursery, or commercial greenhouse, or to manage a community garden. 

Courses required for the major:

  • AGRI 102  Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 104  Sustainable Vegetable Production - 3 units (SP)
Choose 6 units from the following:
  • AGRI 100 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture – 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 125 Introduction to Soil Science* - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 110  Introduction to Fruit Tree Management - 3 units (SP)
  • AGRI 114 Plant Propagation** - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 116  Drip Irrigation Basics - 2 units (SP)
  • AGRI 270  Work Experience in Sustainable Urban Agriculture - 3 units (B)

Urban gardening for the culinary arts Certificate of Performance (7 units) 

This shorter certificate is generally used by students who are interested in agriculture, but do not want the commitment of a larger certificate. 

Courses required for the major:

  • AGRI 102  Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice - 3 units (F)
  • AGRI 104  Sustainable Vegetable Production - 3 units (SP)
  • AGRI 128 Food Preservation - 1 unit (B)

San Diego Viticulture Technician Apprenticeship Program

Students must apply at sdvtap.org. 

This 2 year Apprenticeship program includes working as an apprentice on San Diego Vineyards, and taking 15 credits at City College. Apprentices may not use previous coursework. Apprentices receive a certificate from SDVTAP. 

Courses required for the major (15 units)

  • AGRI 102  Sustainable Urban Agricultural Practice - 3 units 
  • AGRI 107 Introduction to Agriculture Plant Science - 4 units
  • AGRI 125 Introduction to Soil Science* - 3 units 
  • AGRI 110  Introduction to Fruit Tree Management - 3 units
  • AGRI 116  Drip Irrigation Basics - 2 units

*F = this course is generally offered in the fall semester.
*SP = this course is generally offered in the spring semester.
*B = this course is offered in both semesters


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.