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Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operations and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

California is home to the largest food and agricultural economy in the nation. California’s farmers and ranchers have made this state the leader in agricultural production for more than 50 years. With 350 crops and an agricultural economy that exceeds $28 billion, the rest of the world looks to California to see what’s next in agriculture.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Agriculture are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Students enrolled in the Agriculture courses receive both theoretical scientific knowledge and practical hands-on training—both very necessary to become successful in a career in agriculture. Students also learn about the complex interrelationships between agriculture, the environment, political and social forces and other sectors of the economy.

The Agriculture Department offers A.S. degrees and certificates in Agriculture, Animal Science, Equine Studies and Suburban Agriculture. All of the agriculture programs are designed to be student-centered and offer flexibility in course offerings allowing students to customize each degree based on their specific interests and career or educational goals.

Sustainable Agriculture

A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

If you want to work in the agriculture trade, this standard degree program is an ideal start. You will study plant and soil science, animal science and business in a hands-on approach. The practical knowledge you gain can be put directly into finding a career, or in seeking a higher degree at a university.

Sustainable Agriculture Gainful Employment Information

Occupations (SOC code - links to summary report) Farmers/Ranchers
First Line Supervisors
Purchasing Agents: Ag
Sales Reps, Agricultural
CIPC Code 010000
Semester Units Required 25
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 18
Estimated Total Fees $1222
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $1975
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $10,236
Students Completing the Program 2011-12* *
On-Time Completion Count* *
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* *
Median Loan Amount* *
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Assess the interdependence of relationships that exist between plants, animals, the environment and humans.
  • Evaluate the economic importance of agriculture to various societies / cultures.
  • Assess the impacts of agricultural production practices on the environment and society.
  • Relate the biology of plants and or animals to agricultural management practices.


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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Peter Bowman PT Faculty, Agriculture

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kathryn Jackson Part-time Instructor, Agriculture

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Patricia Kiehl Part-time Instructor, Agriculture

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Mark Laws Laboratory Technician, Agriculture and Biology

  • S 122
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Michelle MacFarlane Instructor, Agriculture, Staff Development Coordinator

  • LR 130
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Michelle Macfarlane of Sierra College has been a lecturer and assistant professor of agriculture for more than seven years, also serving as... More

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