Sustainable Agriculture*

Degree offered

Associate in Science in General Studies (Sustainable Agriculture)

Credits required 61


Sarmad Saman

Program contact

James Corven, Professor of Biology, ext. 3047 

Program Goals Statement

The Sustainable Agriculture program is designed to address the issues of a safe, reliable food supply and the environmental relationships of agriculture with resource use, energy consumption and climate change.  The goal of this program is to provide the practical training and experience for sustainable farming and gardening and is directed towards new farmers, gardeners, landscapers, nursery producers, and  farm managers.  Graduates will be prepared to enter farming, gardening, community organizations, agricultural businesses, or to continue their education in sustainable food production and agricultural professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

  • Graduates are prepared with the scientific basis and technical skills necessary to pursue a career as a sustainable agriculture professional.
  • Hands-on experience in laboratories and field experiences allows students to put into practice knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Graduates of this program are not only prepared to work as sustainable agricultural professionals, advisors, and managers; they also are prepared with the fundamentals for pursuing further study in the field of agriculture and related natural sciences.

Recommended Electives

After BCC

  • Continue education at a 4-year program such as University of Massachusetts/Amherst Sustainable Food and Farming Program or University of Rhode Island (URI) Sustainable Agriculture Program.
  • Pursue a career as a professional organic landscape or garden consultant.
  • Pursue a career as an organic producer.
  • Employment on one of over 170 S.E. Massachusetts or Rhode Island organic farms.
  • Employment at a nursery, landscaper, or garden center business.
  • Employment with a community development organization or school gardens program.
  • Students with a 2 year Associate Degree are eligible to serve as an agricultural volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

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

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:27

Elective Courses

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits


Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3-4 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

0-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-13

Chose from two Behaviorial Social/Science electives:  from SOC 101, SOC 226 or transfer electives and elective recommendations

Technical Literacy: Waived for students who have successfully completed two (2) online courses. See General Education Competency courses -Technical Literacy for course listings.

Program Courses

OFP 114Sustainable Agriculture I

4 credits

OFP 115Sustainable Agriculture II

4 credits

OFP 116Water Acquisition and Conservation

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Choose at least one of the following

OFP 120Solar Greenhouse Production

1 credit

OFP 122Natural Beekeeping Practices

1 credit

OFP 123Pest and Disease Control

1 credit

SCI 132Aquaculture: Introduction to Principles and Practices

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Additional courses will count towards electives in the program


Electives as needed to complete at least 61 credits

Choose electives from the approved list of transfer electives and elective recommendations.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 111, CSS 101, ENG 101, OFP 114

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102, OFP 115, SCI 115, Behavioral/Social Science Elective, Program Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

COM 101, MTH 119, OFP 116, SOC 216, Humanities Elective, Program Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Behavioral/Social Science Elective, Electives, HST 114, Program Elective, Technical Literacy Elective
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