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.

Academic Programs Offered

The academic tracks listed here illustrate a seamless pathway between AWC and the University of Arizona. For more information about the programs offered with UA, contact Tanya Hodges at thodges@cals.arizona.edu.

Agriculture Management Track

The Associate in Arts in Agricultural Science Degree at AWC provides students with an overview of the food and fiber production industry. Coursework focuses on plant science and business management. Students may specify focus among a variety of course choices. Coursework is fully transferable to a university.

With the completion of the associate’s degree and AGEC-A certificate, students may seamlessly transfer into a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag Technology Management and Education, Ag Systems Option offered by the University of Arizona (Yuma or Tucson). Coursework focuses on supervision, plant science, and business management. A plant science minor is included.

Agronomy Track

The Associate in Science in Crop Production Degree at AWC provides students with an in-depth background on the foundations of crop production: soils, plant science, pest management, chemistry, and food safety. Coursework is fully transferable to a university.

With the completion of the associate’s degree and AGEC-S certificate, students may seamlessly transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Plant Systems, Agronomy/Fresh Produce Food Safety Option offered by the University of Arizona (Yuma or Tucson). Coursework focuses on the principles of agronomy and qualifies a graduate to apply for the Pest Control Advisor license.

Career Enrichment Options

The Associate in Applied Science in Agriculture Degree is designed for students currently employed in the agriculture industry or those not interested in transferring to a university. Students may specify a focus among a variety of course choices including plant science, food safety, welding, animal science, and food production.

With a Certificate in Food Science and Safety students attain skills necessary to properly implement and manage a food safety program for any produce-based farm. Coursework is eligible for university transfer.

A Certificate in Agriculture, Occupational provides students with an overview of food and fiber production in the desert southwest. Not intended for university transfer.

Agricultural Sciences Division Faculty and Staff

Sarah Berner
Professor of Agricultural Sciences
928.344.7562
Office: AS 136
Ron Berens
Adjunct Faculty, Plant Science and Vegetable Crop Production
Andrew Costanza
Adjunct Faculty, Food Safety
Bill Forden
Adjunct Faculty, Horticulture and Turfgrass Management
Leigh Loughead
Adjunct Faculty, Animal Science
Bobbi McDermott
Adjunct Faculty, Animal Science
Kevin Watson
Adjunct Faculty, Food Safety
Clark Webb
Adjunct Faculty, Pest Management and Fertility
Juan Carlos Zepeda
Land Lab Technician