Sustainable Agriculture (formerly Organic Agriculture Technician)

Degree offered

Certificate of Accomplishment  

Credits required 17

Dean

Sarmad Saman

Program contact

James Corven, Program Coordinator and Professor of Biology, ext. 3047

Program Goals Statement

Gain the academic knowledge and practical skills to enter the expanding world of sustainable organic agriculture and technology. The program is for those with an appreciation for the natural world, ecology, human health and welfare, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

Program Information

  • The program addresses the growing need to make food and agriculture production more local, sustainable, and ecologically sound.
  • Students learn business and technical skills to pursue an organic agricultural enterprise.
  • Hands-on experience gives students practical skills and connections in the agriculture community.

After BCC

  • The certificate provides graduates with a credential to pursue employment as a skilled technician in agricultural production, as a farm manager, or to develop their own agricultural enterprise. Graduates who also receive an Associate degree are eligible to join the U.S. Peace Corps as an international agricultural development volunteer or work with a nonprofit community development organization. Graduates may pursue an Associate of Science degree at the University of Massachusetts/Stockbridge or a bachelor's degree in Organic/Sustainable Agriculture at a number of four-year universities including University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, Green Mountain College (VT), and Sterling College (VT).

Program Requirements

Program Courses

OFP 114Sustainable Agriculture I

4 credits

OFP 115Sustainable Agriculture II

4 credits

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

SOC 216Food, Famine, and Farming in the Global Village

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Choose one of the following

OFP 116Water Acquisition and Conservation

2 credits

OFP 122Natural Beekeeping Practices

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:1

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

OFP 114SOC 216, plus one elective OFP 123

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

OFP 115, SCI 115, plus one elective OFP 116 or OFP 122

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