Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science Degree
This award is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Sustainable Agriculture offers courses that focus on ecological farming, quality of life and farm profitability. The courses are designed to provide agricultural production and business skills training. Courses range from foundational principles in soil science to marketing and will provide hands on instruction at the campus student farm to cultivate a working knowledge of ecological farming practices and the seasonal processes.
Link to the Program Map.
|Semester I||Credit Hours|
|EDUC 1300||Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success||3|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra||3|
|BIOL 1411||General Botany||4|
|AGCR 1371||Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture||3|
|AGRI 1415||Horticulture with Lab||4|
|Semester II||Credit Hours|
|ENGL 1301||English Comp||3|
|AGRI 1419||Introductory Animal Science||4|
|CHEM 1311||General Chemistry+||3|
|CHEM 1111||General Chemistry Lab+||1|
|AGCR 2313||Soil and Water Conservation Management||3|
|Semester III||Credit Hours|
|HIST 1301||US History I2||3|
|AGRI 1325||Marketing of Agricultural Products||3|
|AGCR 2418||Soil Science||4|
|AGCR 1393||Special Topics in Plant Protection – Integrated Pest Management||3|
|Semester IV||Credit Hours|
|PHIL 1301||Intro to Philosophy2||3|
|HALT 2421||Small Scale Farming||4|
|AGRI 2317||Introduction to Agricultural Economics||3|
|AGME 1315||Farm and Ranch Shop Skills I||3|
|#AGMG 2386||Internship – Agricultural Business and Management||3|
# Capstone course
+ Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
+ All first time Austin Community College (ACC) students with fewer than 12 SCH of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300 in their first semester at ACC. All other students may select either EDUC 1300 or a SPCH course from the Component Area Option List of courses in the Core Curriculum list. See an advisor or a full-time faculty member in the Agriculture program for more information.
2 May select an alternate course from the appropriate section of the Core Curriculum Course List.
AGCR 1371 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
Course Description: an introduction to the principles of sustainable agriculture through sustainable management practices to address current agriculture issues related to soil, tillage, irrigation, pests (insects, weeds, and diseases) and nutrients will be discussed. Emphasis on ecological concepts and principles to design and manage sustainable agroecosystems. Also, we will examine the complex set of interactions between ecological, social, and economic components of an agroecosystem.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Understand the current state of agriculture globally and its effects on the environment and society. Describe sustainable management practices that can reduce the amount of inputs needed on farm and increase the longevity of production and increase soil and water health. Knowledge of alternatives to chemical pest and nutrient management. Design agroecosystems that use light, water, and nutrients in an efficient and synergistic way. Understand the complexity of political, social, economic and environmental components that interact to result in our current agriculture system.
AGRI 1415 Horticulture with Lab
Course Description: Structure, growth, and development of horticultural plants. Examination of environmental effects, basic principles of reproduction, production methods ranging from outdoor to controlled climates, nutrition, and pest management. Laboratory activities will reinforce the structure, growth, and development of horticultural plants. Examination of environmental effects, basic principles of reproduction, production methods ranging from outdoor to controlled climates, nutrition, and pest management.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify the various horticultural industries and their roles in our society. Describe the fundamentals of plant science. Assess the interactions of soils, water, and fertility in plant science. Contrast the methods of plant reproduction and propagation. Explain the impacts of production methods and technologies on plant science. Contrast methods of pest management in plant science. Investigate methods of environmental manipulation (e.g. greenhouse controls, frost management methods, hot caps). Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific and horticultural tools to collect and analyze data and demonstrate methods. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations. Identify the various horticultural industries and their roles in our society. Describe the fundamentals of plant science.
AGRI 1419 Animal Science with Lab
Course Description: Scientific animal production and the importance of livestock and meat industries. Selection, reproduction, nutrition, management, and marketing of livestock. Laboratory activities will reinforce scientific animal production and the importance of livestock and meat industries. Selection, reproduction, nutrition, management, and marketing of livestock.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Explain the role of animal agriculture in providing benefits for mankind. Identify common livestock breeds and classes. Define terminology specific to animal science disciplines. Demonstrate understanding of fundamental animal science principles including selection, reproduction, nutrition, and health. Apply animal science principles by solving common problems. Identify animal issues of interest to society, and related responsibilities. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize animal science tools to collect and analyze data and demonstrate methods. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
AGCR 2313 Soil and Water Conservation Management
Course Description: Study of physical and chemical soil deterioration and loss, water conservation, and principles for protection and maintenance of these resources. Topics include plant/water relationships, water conservation methods, basic terrace engineering principles, sediment loss, and land use plans.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Summarize the principles of soil and water conservation; explain soil loss potentials; develop treatment plans to protect soil resources; demonstrate water conservation, runoff, and water quality maintenance techniques; evaluate land use; and develop land use plans.
AGRI 2303 Agricultural Construction
Course Description: Safety procedures, selection, use, and maintenance of hand and power tools, metal cutting and welding; and construction materials and principles.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Demonstrate proper safety procedures in an agricultural construction laboratory. Determine the proper usage of common hand and power tools. Demonstrate principles of project layout (e.g. measurements, squaring, leveling). Demonstrate proper use of metal cutting and welding equipment. Apply basic wiring and plumbing techniques. Illustrate the principles of surveying and concrete layout.
AGCR 2418 Soil Science
Course Description: Introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Topics include the relationship between crops and soils, conservation of soil and water resources, and the economic use of fertilizer.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Explain principles of soil formation and classification; determine soil physical, chemical, and biological properties; utilize the principles of soil and water conservation; interpret soil analysis; and determine application of fertilizers.
AGCR 1393 Special Topics in Plant Protection – Integrated Pest Management
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Learning outcomes/objectives are determined by local occupational need and business and industry trends.
HALT 2421 Small Scale Farming
Course Description: Instruction in small farming techniques with emphasis on horticulture science including comprehensive and profitable guidelines. Topics include herbs, fruit, nut, and vegetable crops.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify major physical and biological factors that affect crops; utilize innovative production techniques for a small farming operation; demonstrate creative marketing techniques for small farming operations; and design productive and profitable small farming operations.
AGRI 2317 Introduction to Ag Economics
Course Description: Fundamental economic principles and their application in the agricultural industry.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe fundamental macro- and micro-economic principles.
Apply economic principles to agricultural production, marketing and consumption. Describe the different agricultural economics fields (e.g. food industry, demand theory, supply theory, competitive environments).
AGMG 2312 Marketing of Agricultural Products
Course Description: Study of operations in the movement of agricultural commodities from producer to consumer including the essential marketing functions of buying, selling, transporting, storing, financing, standardizing, pricing, and risk bearing.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Analyze the structure and operation of the food marketing system; interpret the effects of the market system on producers, consumers, and middlemen; explain the marketing system’s response to technological, social, economic, and political changes over time; describe food wholesaling, retailing, and movement through the market place; and explain governmental responsibilities and involvement in food marketing.
AGMG 2386 Internship – Ag Business and Management
Course Description: Hands on experience on a local farm, ranch or food organization where you will work with an industry professional to develop skills and knowledge in plant and animal production, direct marketing, and business planning. Learning soft skills (interpersonal skills) that will allow you to communicate with other producers, partners, and costumers.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Have an understanding of the day to day responsibilities to succeed in an agriculture business or food organization. Complete a set of projects developed by your internship supervisor that gives a breadth of the skills needed to be successful in the given agricultural field. Develop professional skills in communication, problem solving, and organizing.
Link to the ACC Catalog for the Fall 2019 course schedule.
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