Sustainable Agriculture

Degree Type
Associate of Applied Science

Program Description

This degree prepares individuals for work in the sustainable agricultural industry, including traditional agribusiness and the emerging field of controlled environment agriculture. Agriculture continues to be the largest industry in the State of Pennsylvania. The benefit of a controlled agriculture program is the ability to produce food year-round without dependence upon ideal weather conditions, use of pesticides, or need for the expense of land and heavy equipment.

Students will learn skills that can be transferred to any controlled agriculture industry, including the new medical marijuana production industry that has been introduced in PA, which is highly regulated, with plants grown and harvested in a controlled environment. Additionally, students will learn techniques of horticulture and aquaculture which are growing sectors in sustainable agriculture. Finally, students will gain experience to own and/or operate an agribusiness.  

In partnership with Sandyvale Memorial Park, this program will be able to offer both theory and practical hands-on application.  The College will use the greenhouse for both hydroponic plant growth and traditional greenhouse growing.

Career Opportunities

  • Traditional agribusinesses
  • Greenhouses
  • Controlled environment agribusinesses  

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the competencies necessary to work in a controlled environment agriculture sector.
  2. Identify the need for sustainability in traditional and non-traditional agribusinesses.
  3. Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of the skills common to the contemporary business environment.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements.

Social Science Electives

(See Social Science Track I and Social Science Track II under Liberal Arts and Sciences for course options)

Total Credits