Associate in Applied Science in Controlled Environment Agriculture

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Class Requirements


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

Sustainability (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health, and Wellness (1 hr.)


GRHS 121        Greenhouse Operation and

Management (4)

GRHS 123        Introduction to Hydroponic Systems (3)

GRHS 125        Hydroponic Plant Systems (3)

GRHS 127        Hydroponic Vegetable Production (4)

GRHS 221        Aquaponics (4)



Choose from the following

BSAD 119         Entrepreneurship – Planning and (3)


ALTF 111         Introduction to Alternative Fuels and (3)

Vehicle Technology

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)

Water Systems

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)