Life Sciences/Sustainable Agriculture

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Life Sciences (Sustainable Agriculture)

Credits required 61

Dean

Sarmad Saman, sarmad.saman@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Kimberly Amaral Newton, Coordinator and Professor of Biology, kimberly.newton@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: LF

Concentration Code: LFSA

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.

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

Students should choose from AGR, BIO, SCI, SOC, SUS to complete at least 61 credits.

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

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

EGR 141Introduction to Environment

3 credits

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

BUS 114Small Business Planning

1 credit

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:30

Program Courses

AGR 114Sustainable Agriculture

4 credits

AGR 116Water Acquisition and Conservation

2 credits

AGR 123Entomology and Plant Disease

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Elective Courses

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

And

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3-4 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

0-3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-13

Choose from two Behavioral 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.

Choose at least two of the following

AGR 122Natural Beekeeping Practices

2 credits

AGR 124Permaculture: Design for Regeneration

3 credits

AGR 125Specialized Crops

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

Additional courses will count towards electives in the program.

Electives

Electives as needed to complete at least 61 credits

Choose electives as needed to achieve a total of at least 61 credits from the approved list of electives:

Recommended electives choose from: AGR, BIO, SCI, SOC or SUS.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

EGR 141Introduction to Environment

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

AGR 114Sustainable Agriculture

4 credits

BUS 114Small Business Planning

1 credit

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

AGR 122Natural Beekeeping Practices

2 credits

Or

AGR 124Permaculture: Design for Regeneration

3 credits

Or

AGR 125Specialized Crops

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-19

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

AGR 116Water Acquisition and Conservation

2 credits

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

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:11-14

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Electives

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

AGR 122Natural Beekeeping Practices

2 credits

Or

AGR 123Entomology and Plant Disease

3 credits

Or

AGR 124Permaculture: Design for Regeneration

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:11-17
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