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Agriculture

Course Descriptions for Agriculture

AG-14 Principles of Landscape Design
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
Basic design principles are applied to the development of landscapes including actual site analysis and planning.

AG-15 Landscape Maintenance
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
This course is an introduction to and application of the skills and knowledge required by a maintenance gardener. It will include pruning, turf care, soils, fertilizing, pest control, irrigating, equipment maintenance and planting.

AG-16 Ornamental Plant Identification
CSU and UC (3 units LEC/LAB)
This course will emphasize plants suited to this area and showy in the spring. Students will learn to identify plants used in landscaping and interior decoration and discuss their growth habits, uses and cultural requirements.

AG-17 Introduction to Soils
CSU and UC (3 units LEC/LAB)
An introduction to soil morphogenesis, classification and properties. Topics will include characteristics and descriptions of local and regional soils, soil mapping, basic soil chemistry, physics and water concepts. Discussion topics will include erosion, mineral nutrition of plants and impacts of soil structure on management potential.
Note: Field trips are required; the College does not provide transportation.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350, MATH-120 and CHEM-100

AG-18 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
A study of the management of a soilís fertility level relative to meeting specific plant requirements. Composition and use of both organic and inorganic fertilizer materials will be studied. Correctives for pH adjustment and high sodium soils, which include dealing with salt problems in California soils, will be covered.
Prerequisite: AG-17

AG-19 Weed Identification and Control
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
The study of the identification and control of common, noxious, and poisonous weeds found in California with emphasis on the local area. Weed control in cropland, pastures, landscaping and wild lands will also be covered.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-150

AG-21 Plant Propagation
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
A discussion of the principles of sexual and asexual propagation of plants with practice in propagating plants by seeding, cuttings, budding, grafting, division, layering, and micro-propagation.

AG-22 Sustainable Vegetable Production
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
An introduction to the commercial production of vegetable crops, especially those of local importance. Students will research specific cultural practices, variety selection, and marketing needs. Commercial scale and sustainable practices are emphasized.
Recommended Prep: AG-17 and AG-23 and AG-63

AG-23 Introduction to Plant Science
CSU and UC (3 units LEC/LAB)
An introduction to basic plant biology. Students conduct experiments illustrating basic principles of plant growth and development. The relationship to species diversity, population, climates, water utilization, air quality and similar environmental interactions resulting from growing plants of agronomic value will be discussed.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350

AG-25 Landscape Construction
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
This course will include layout and construction of decks, patios, walks, borders, planters and steps. It will also cover site grading and plant installation.

AG-26 Landscape Plant Identification
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
This course will emphasize plants suited to this area and showy in the fall. The student will learn to identify plants used in landscaping and interior decoration and discuss their growth habits, uses and cultural requirements.

AG-27 Nursery Practices
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
An exploration of the cultural practices used by nurseries in growing nursery crops. Topics include soils, fertilizers, lighting, pests, watering, temperature control, and plant manipulation. Retailing is also discussed.

AG-29 Pest Management
CSU (1 unit LEC)
An overview of the types of organisms causing harm to plants and a presentation of management concepts for pests and diseases, related safety and environmental concerns, laws, and regulations.

AG-3 Introduction to Animal Science
CSU and UC (3 units LEC/LAB)
A course in basic principles of animal physiology, anatomy, genetics, and disease and the importance of these principles to animal agriculture. Topics include farm animal breeds and breeding, effect of management conditions on animal health, production methods, including slaughter, processing and marketing, the importance of animal agriculture to human food supply and global economics, and ethical issues in farm animal care.
Note: Field trips are required as part of this course and the College does not provide transportation.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-150 and MATH-380

AG-30 Introduction to Agricultural Business And Economics
CSU (3 units LEC)
The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems. The role of agricultural resources (land, labor, capital management), major agricultural resource issues and their policy remedies. Examine the effect of market structure and price on agricultural products and inputs.

AG-39 Field Experience in Agriculture
CSU (1 unit LAB) Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The practical application of skills needed to be successful in agriculture, plant science, and ornamental horticulture. This course extends the opportunity to practice skills learned in classes by applying them in a real setting.
Prerequisite: Complete 6 units of AG

AG-46 Computers in Agriculture Management
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
Application of computer software to the management of agricultural operations and farm businesses involving livestock, crop and financial management. Topics will include computer-integrated management of contracts and accounts, materials, work processes, spreadsheets, and personnel.
Recommended Prep: CIS-1

AG-51 Agricultural Machine Systems
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
The operation and evaluation of tractor and agricultural equipment. The course covers the principles of operation, adjustments, calibration, service, and repair of tractors, common farm implements, and equipment; with emphasis on safety and safe practices.
Note: This course will be held at the Shively Farm and the College does not provide transportation.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-376

AG-52 Agricultural Mechanics
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
An applied survey course in universal farm maintenance skills. Identification and use of hand and power tools and materials; shop safety; tool sharpening and care; concrete and masonry; simple electrical wiring; metal working and welding; pipe fitting, plumbing and hydraulics; basic woodworking; agricultural structures; fencing; agricultural applications of ropes and knot-tying; land measurement and surveying principles; estimating quantities and costs. Students are required to meet safety regulations in laboratory work.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-376

AG-55 Introduction to Viticulture
CSU and UC (3 units LEC/LAB)
An introduction to viticulture, including history and development of the wine industry, grape growing, distribution, processes and factors affecting wine and table grape quality. Also covers biology, anatomy, propagation, cultivated varieties, rootstocks, climate, vineyard practices, common diseases and pests. Provides basic knowledge required to establish a vineyard.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350

AG-63 Introduction to Organic/Sustainable Agriculture
CSU (2 units LEC)
An introduction to the principles of sustained production of vegetables, fruit and flowers with an emphasis on organic techniques. Topics include soil management, cultivar selection, crop nutrition and pest management as well as common problems faced by producers. Emphasis will be on locally important crops with discussions on practical applications of sustainable techniques.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-150

AG-63L Introduction to Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Lab
CSU (1 unit LAB)
Study and practice in growing fruits and vegetables in the field. Students will grow crops on grounds provided by the college. Students will prepare soil, plant, weed, and harvest cultivars of vegetables that grow well on the north coast. Techniques of organic and sustainable agriculture will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: AG-63 or other appropriate crop production class

AG-65 Agriculture Enterprise Project
CSU (1 unit LEC) Repeatable to a maximum of two enrollments
Prepares students to select and plan for a management/production project. Actual projects are subject to approval by the instructor and Farm Manager. Lecture includes project budgeting, schedule planning, marketing and market arrangements, record keeping, and related planning necessary for success in execution of the selected project.

AG-65L Agriculture Enterprise Project Lab
CSU (1-3 units LAB) Repeatable to a maximum of three enrollments
Execution of the project plans developed in AG-65. Actual projects are subject to approval by the instructor and Farm Manager. The appropriate college staff supervises project.
Note: Courses needed for the safe and technical execution of the project may be necessary for the specific enterprise. Units offered may vary by semester. Consult Schedule of Classes for section information.
Prerequisite: DHET-166 and AG-65

AG-66 Agriculture Enterprise Project-2nd Year
CSU (1-3 units LAB) Repeatable to a maximum of three enrollments
Execution of an additional year of project plans developed in AG-65. Actual projects are subject to approval by the instructor and Farm Manager. The appropriate college staff supervises projects.
Note: Units offered may vary by semester. Consult Schedule of Classes for section information.
Prerequisite: AG-65

AG-7 Animal Feeding and Nutrition
CSU (3 units LEC/LAB)
An applied introductory course in livestock feeding and nutrition, based on the science of animal nutrition. The concepts of digestion and nutrient absorption in ruminants and non-ruminants are studied, with an emphasis in the formulation of animal rations based on the nutritive value of feeds. By-product feeding is also discussed.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-376



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