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Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Science Program - Man stands in grass outside greenhouse

Program Contact:
Stefan Seiter

Additional Faculty:
Rick Klampe, Clayton Weber

The Agriculture program provides a broad range of instructional services. It provides (1) occupational training for students who intend to receive a technical degree and work in agricultural production; (2) supplemental technical training for current agricultural industry employees; (3) instruction for community members interested in specific aspects of agriculture; and (4) instruction for students interested in continuing their education in a four-year college program.

The Agriculture curriculum is based on competencies identified and reviewed by industry representatives and agricultural educators. Students study principles of agronomy, crop science and soil science with an emphasis on sustainable production and ecologically sound management of agricultural resources. Additionally, the program allows students to focus their field of study into one of four topical focus areas based on student interest and career goals. Available focus areas include: (1) Agricultural Business, (2) BioFuels, (3) Shop Skills and Diesel Equipment, or (4) an Interdisciplinary Focus selected with the help  of a faculty advisor. Independent Pathways Certificates in focus areas may also be available. Students interested in pursuing Pathways Certificates should speak with an advisor to determine availability.
Students develop the skills necessary for entry- and mid-level technical employments and for entering a four-year college program. Typical career fields for graduates of the Agriculture program include agricultural production; plant protection; natural resource conservation; chemical supplies and services; grain, fertilizer, feed, and seed supplies and services; and inspection services.

The Agriculture curricula lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) or a one-year certificate. Most classes in the Agriculture program are offered during the day, and part-time enrollment is common. Full-time students can complete the AAS degree in two years if they meet prerequisite basic skill requirements as determined through the Computerized Placement Test. Many students start in the middle of the academic year.

Career Information*
Demand for employees in these fields is significant, and average growth is expected through 2018. Beginning wages for landscapers and groundskeepers in Oregon average about $9.63 per hour, with top wages of $14.31. Pesticide sprayers wages begin at $10.82, and starting wages for tree trimmers and pruners is $12.70. Nursery workers in Oregon start at $8.65 per hour, with the top wages reaching $9.85. About 18,700 people work in Oregon’s nurseries. Major employers for the state’s 14,700 landscapers and groundskeepers include landscaping and horticultural services, golf courses, amusement parks and local government agencies (parks and recreation departments). About 23 percent of landscaping and groundskeeping laborers are self-employed. For more information on careers, plus the current employment outlook, access the Oregon Career Information System (CIS) located in the Career Center, Takena Hall 101.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture will:

  • Effectively analyze crop production problems.
  • Effectively adapt a cropping system to changing production, market, environmental, social, and regulatory issues.
  • Successfully compete in the job market for a position in the agricultural industry.

Students who successfully complete a one-year Certificate in Agriculture will:

  • Effectively analyze crop production problems.
  • Effectively manage agricultural crops or production supplies.
  • Successfully compete in the job market for a position in the agricultural industry.

Program Requirements
Students are expected to have basic mathematical, reading, and writing skills. To graduate with an AAS degree, students need to complete a four-credit algebra course (MTH 065 Elementary Algebra) in addition to the other general education requirements.

Facilities
Instructional facilities, including crop production fields, a greenhouse, labs, ornamental gardens, and the campus grounds, are used for skill building and demonstrations.

Cooperative Work Experience
Students can earn up to 14 hours of college credit for on-the-job training through LBCC’s Cooperative Work Experience program. The Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture requires 12 hours of CWE; ?the Horticulture program requires three hours.

Accountability Information for our Students and Graduates
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*    Information taken from the Career Information System. CIS can be accessed through the Career and Counseling Center. Call 541-917-4780 for an appointment.