Overview

The future of agriculture depends on the next generation of professionals who are interested in learning about agroecology, animal science, policy, plants, technology, soil and sustainability. Students must first complete an associate-level degree before applying to the BAS program.

The most direct pathway is to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Integrated Agricultural Systems then transition to the BAS in Agricultural Systems. Other AAS degree options include:

  • Agri-Business
  • Animal Science
  • Enology & Viticulture
  • Irrigation Management
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Turf Management
  • Watershed Management

The BAS in Agricultural Systems 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Agronomist
  • Agricultural/Research Technician
  • Agriculture Extension Agent
  • Crop Advisor/Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Farmer/Owner/Operator
  • International Development Officer
  • Livestock Manager
  • Loan Officer
  • Natural Resource Conservation Specialist
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Production Supervisor
  • Sales Manager

Program Outcomes

Students in the Agricultural Systems degree at Walla Walla Community College will:

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Analyze the interactions between the natural, human, climatic, political and economic components of the agroecosystem
  • Adjust or identify pathways to minimize the many potential negative effects on environmental, societal and human health
  • Contribute to the agricultural industry through hands-on exposure to diverse experiences and perspectives grounded in applied science and reality

Entrance 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.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Systems with a concentration in Ag Business 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
    • ACCT& 201 – Principles of Accounting I (or AGRI 102 – Farm Records and Analysis)
  • 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.

Scholarships Available

Many scholarships are available for agricultural systems students through the Walla Walla Community College Foundation office. Please contact Jacky Alonso at 508-527-1867 or [email protected] with questions. Other scholarships may be available as well; check with the BAS Navigator for details.

Other Information

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.

Contact

Cristie Crawford

Phone: (509) 527-4260 or (541) 362-1863