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Soil and Crop Sciences - Liberal ArtsCertificates

Start or advance your career with one or more of these two-semester soil and crop science certificates. Learn hands-on crop management and production skills, agriculture machinery and mechanic skills. This certificate prepares you for entry-to-mid-level positions in fields such as weed control, tillage systems, irrigation systems and crop management.

Production Agriculture and Crops Certificate

Learn a broad spectrum of plant and soil fundamentals with this certificate. Gain skills in horticulture, crop production, soil science, and farm and ranch management, with an introduction to the computer skills managers and scientists need.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides students with practical experience in applying principles of economics, business, marketing and finance to the management of a farm/ranch operation. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the biology of horticultural plants, and basic horticultural practices. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on production and adaptation of cultivated crops, principles affecting growth, development, management, and utilization. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on formation, physical properties, chemical properties and management of soils emphasizing conditions that affect plant growth. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

4
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 18

Production Agriculture Mechanics Certificate

Learn fundamental agriculture and power mechanic skills and the basics of agricultural machinery and welding, with an introduction to essential computer skills.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Focuses on production and adaptation of cultivated crops, principles affecting growth, development, management, and utilization. Four credits.

4
required

Covers safety, proper tool use, tool reconditioning, A.C. electricity, D.C. electricity, domestic water supply and farm sanitation systems. Two credits.

2
required

Teaches the theory of operation and maintenance of small engines and related power equipment used on the farm. Two credits.

2
required

Emphasizes the safe operation, construction, purpose, maintenance and adjustment of farm machinery. Three credits.

3
required

Develops basic welding skills, principles, and practices in arc and oxy-acetylene welding. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 17

Introduction to Precision Agriculture Certificate

Learn about advanced geospatial technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Gain fundamental computer skills along with an understanding of how these technologies are used to enhance agricultural equipment for precision planting and harvesting and other applications.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces applied geospatial principles and advanced technologies in Agriculture, including: coordinate systems, mapping use, general navigation, computer technology, Precision Agriculture concepts, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing. Attention is also given to the history, development and future of these technologies. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces various methods in precision navigation of agricultural equipment utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other support networks. Focus is placed on working with control consoles, equipment, GIS data integration, field planning, zone management, and variable rate applications. Attention is also given to differential correction systems, error sources, environmental variables, and precision accuracy. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Surveys the development, application and use of geographic information systems (GIS). Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 12

Precision Agriculture Certificate

Learn the basics of crop production and foundational farm machinery skills along with advanced geospatial technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Understand how these technologies are used to enhance agricultural equipment for precision planting, harvesting and other applications, and gain the fundamental computer skills you’ll need in the field.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces applied geospatial principles and advanced technologies in Agriculture, including: coordinate systems, mapping use, general navigation, computer technology, Precision Agriculture concepts, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing. Attention is also given to the history, development and future of these technologies. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces various methods in precision navigation of agricultural equipment utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other support networks. Focus is placed on working with control consoles, equipment, GIS data integration, field planning, zone management, and variable rate applications. Attention is also given to differential correction systems, error sources, environmental variables, and precision accuracy. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on production and adaptation of cultivated crops, principles affecting growth, development, management, and utilization. Four credits.

4
required

Emphasizes the safe operation, construction, purpose, maintenance and adjustment of farm machinery. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Surveys the development, application and use of geographic information systems (GIS). Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 19