The purpose of this program is to revitalize agricultural traditions in order to build local food security in a way that is ecologically, economically and culturally viable; socially just, sustainable, and regenerative for current and future generations. Students will receive hands-on and classroom training in greenhouse management. Through various program concentrations, completion of this degree prepares students for careers in controlled environment agriculture with a focus on hydroponic and aquaponic production techniques.
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of sustainable agriculture production techniques such as hydroponics and aquaponics in controlled environment agriculture.
- Provide leadership in creating and maintaining safe working and production environments.
- Demonstrate an awareness of economic, environmental, and community impacts of soilless agriculture.
- Demonstrate an understanding of soilless plant growth.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
Any SPCH course (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs.)
BLDG 115 Trades Math (3)
Any MATH 119 or higher
Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology (3) and
BIOL 111L Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
BIOL 114 Environmental Science (3) and
BIOL 114L Environmental Science Lab (1)
BIOL 115 Introduction to Ecology and Field Biology (4)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)
ANTH 252 Anthropology of Food (3)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)
PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics and
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health, and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (18 hrs.)
GRHS 121 Greenhouse Operation and
GRHS 123 Introduction to Hydroponic Systems (3)
GRHS 125 Hydroponic Plant Systems (3)
GRHS 127 Hydroponic Vegetable Production (4)
GRHS 221 Aquaponics (4)
RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (12 hrs.)
Choose from the following
BSAD 119 Entrepreneurship – Planning and (3)
ALTF 111 Introduction to Alternative Fuels and (3)
ENVR 111 Introduction to Sustainability (3)
ENVR 215 Active Water Harvesting and Distribution Systems (3)
HMRG 118 Sanitation and Safety (2)
SOLR 111 Introduction to Solar (1)
SOLR 131 Design and Installation of Solar Hot (3)
SOLR 121 Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems I (3)
GRHS 298 Greenhouse Internship (1-4)
ELECTIVES: (9 hrs. min.)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 62 CREDITS MIN.