The Agricultural Science Department offers a wide array of courses that reflect agricultural production in the desert southwest from plant science, pest management, and soils to animal science, turfgrass management, and plant propagation.
The department is continuing to work with research specialist, industry leaders, and university academia to develop advanced courses and degrees that meet the needs of the community and industry.
Graduates of the agriculture programs or certificates will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:
- Demonstrating the skills required in diagnosing farm business problems.
- Analyzing new and innovative production techniques.
- Identifing and solving some of the problems facing production and distribution.
- Correlating soil properties with plant growth and making recommendations regarding nutrient availability, crop water requirements and basic soil management.
- Demonstrating necessary skills and knowledge to effectively control common agricultural pests.
- Describing the complexities and functions of pollination, fertilization, and embryo development.
- Describing the critical conditions that can lead to growth of food-borne pathogens.
- Demonstrating an understanding of manufacturing practices and evaluating facility and inventory practices for food safety risks.
- Writing, evaluating, and revising when needed effective standard operating procedures.