WWCC is now offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems. A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree expands on the knowledge gained in a two-year applied associate degree program by using higher order thinking skills gained in upper division coursework to prepare the student for today’s demanding workforce. This unique degree offers hands-on career training. Employers actively seek graduates of BAS programs because they have gained the necessary knowledge and applicable skills to immediately enter the workforce with minimal to no additional training.

Agricultural systems science is an interdisciplinary science, which systematically analyzes the interactions between the natural, human, climatic, political and economic components of the agroecosystem. The Agricultural Systems degree at WWCC provides successful students with a broad and complete understanding of these complex interactions. Students will learn to adjust current pathways as well as identify new pathways to minimize the many potential negative effects on environmental, societal and human health. In addition to classes in foundational agricultural knowledge, like that of basic soil, plant and animal science, students will be engaged in topics such as agroecology, policy, technology and sustainability to develop their critical thinking skills. This perspective is essential for meeting the increasing demands placed on today’s agricultural systems. The Agricultural Systems degree prepares students to make an active contribution to the agricultural industry through hands-on exposure to diverse experiences and perspectives grounded in applied science and reality. Students who achieve a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Agricultural Systems may also continue their education and enroll in graduate programs.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems must have:

  • Achieved at least an associate-level degree
  • Completed the following courses prior to acceptance in the program:
    • ENGL& 101 – English Composition I
    • AGPR 201 – Basic Soil Science
    • At least one of the following plant science courses:
      • AGPR 113 – Cultivated Plants
      • AGPR 114 – Plant Physiology
      • AGPR 215 – Field Crop Production
      • BIOL& 213 – Plant Biology
    • At least one of the following economics courses:
      • AGRI 201/ECON& 201 – Microeconomics
      • AGRI 221 – Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets
      • AGRI 222/POLS 222 – Agricultural and Water Policy

Note: Substitutions may apply for applicants with degrees from other colleges. Contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for assistance or questions regarding the entrance requirements.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

60 Credits

Communications 15 Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
CMST 201 or CMST& 210 Intercultural Communications or Interpersonal Communications 5
Quantitative Skills 5 Credits
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
Humanities 10 Credits
PHIL 131 Introduction to Ethics 5
PHIL 330 Professional Ethics 5
Social Science 15 Credits
AGRI 201 or ECON& 201 Microeconomics in Agriculture or Microeconomics 5
HIST 105 or SOC&101 Roots of World Issues or Introduction to Sociology  5
AGRI 222/POLS 222 Agricultural and Water Policy  5
Natural Science 15 Credits
AGPR 201 Basic Soil Science 5
AGPR 130 Fundamental Agroecology  5
GEOG 212 Introduction to Climate with Labs  5

Lower Division Major Course Requirements

Lower Division Major Course Requirements

66 Credits

AGPR 1131 Cultivated Plants 5
AGPR 1202 Agricultural Chemistry 5
AGPR 140 Agriculture Safety and Pesticides 5
AGPR 202 Soil Fertility and Management 5
AGPR 2153 Field Crop Production 5
AGPR 224 Pasture and Range Management 5
AGRI 230 or AGPR 115 Plant Diseases and Insects or Animal Health and Disease 5
AGRI 221 Introduction to Food and Agricultural Markets 5
ENT 150 Introduction to GIS 3
ENT 151 Advanced GIS  3
ENT 152 Practical Agricultural Applications of GIS  3
WTM 112 Irrigation Principles  5
 WTM 220 Drip Irrigation 2
Agricultural Systems Elective4 10

1AGPR 114 or BIOL& 213 can be substituted for AGPR 113.
2A college-level chemistry course can be substituted for AGPR 120, upon approval by the BAS Instructor.
3AGRI 103 can be substituted for AGPR 215.
4Students will work with the Baccalaureate Navigator to select an approved Agricultural Systems elective.

Upper Division Major Course Requirements

Upper Division Major Course Requirements

62 Credits

BUS 310 Foundations of Leadership 5
BUS 430 International Business 5
PHIL 330 Professional Ethics 5
SAS 310 Principles of Sustainability 5
SAS 330 Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry 5
 SAS 340 Integrated Pest Management 5
SAS 360 Agricultural Management Systems 5
SAS 420 The Political Ecology of Agriculture and Natural Resources 5
SAS 440 Advanced Cropping Systems I 5
 SAS 450 Advanced Cropping Systems II 5
SAS 470 Food Systems Science 5
SAS 494 Capstone Project Design 6
 SAS 495  Agricultural Systems Capstone  1
 Total Credits  183

Note: Students may begin upper division coursework in the fall or winter quarter. Part-time options are available. Please contact the Baccalaureate Navigator for details.