Catalog 2019-20

Agriculture Business

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.S.-T. in A.S. for Transfer (AS-T) Agricultural Business

The Associate in Science in Agricultural Business for Transfer degree fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system, although not necessarily to a particular campus or major.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AGB 321 Agriculture Economics 3
PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition  (3) 3 - 5
  or CHEM 300 Beginning Chemistry  (4)
  or CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry  (5)
  or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I  (5)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting  (3)
AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication  (3)
AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications  (3)
Total Units: 22 - 24

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analyze problems and recommend a solution.

Analyze, classify, examine, record, and interpret financial information to solve economic and accounting concerns.

Examine and apply the concepts and principles underlying economic issues.

Apply effective listening skills to comprehend spoken messages, analyze information critically and consider multiple perspectives.

Explain the principles of management and how managers differentiate their leadership styles.

Differentiate the various functions of marketing.

Design a model plan to allocate resources for an agribusiness organization.

Career Information

Agriculture Business Management; Supervision; Finance; Insurance; Government; Marketing; Distribution; International Trade; Sales and Service.

NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS:
The Associate Degree for Transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some CSU-GE Breadth or IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as “double-counting”). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of your transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate Degree for Transfer may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions, because many universities require more lower division courses than those in this degree. Even the CSU's that accept this transfer degree may likely require more lower division courses to achieve the Bachelor degree. Specifically, courses in general chemistry, differential equations, linear algebra, and computer programming may better prepare the transfer student for certain universities. It is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Agriculture Business

The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college/university in agriculture business or immediate employment in an entry-level agriculture business related career.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the only community college agriculture program in the Sacramento region, the CRC Agriculture Business program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in agriculture, receive an Agriculture Business Associate in Science degree, or transfer to CSU or UC.
  • The faculty in this program works closely with the five California agricultural degree offering universities to provide a quality transfer program for students interested in agriculture business, management and economics.
  • The Sacramento region is fortunate to have some of the best high school agriculture programs in California. The faculty in the CRC Ag Business program works closely with these feeder schools to articulate coursework and facilitate the successful transition of agriculture students from high school to the university.
  • Internships in Ag Business are available for students interested in work experience opportunities.

Career Information

Agriculture Business Management; Supervision; Finance; Insurance; Government; Marketing; Distribution; International Trade; Sales and Service. Some positions require a four-year degree for which CRC's program is a good base for transfer.

Certificate of Achievement

Agriculture Business Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in agriculture business.

Agriculture is a vital component of our local, state, and national economies and offers many exciting employment opportunities. In addition to the production of a wide range of valuable agricultural commodities, the Sacramento region is home to numerous multi-national agricultural corporations and statewide governmental agencies. It is also a center for international agricultural trade and commerce.

Agriculture Business (AGB) Courses

AGB 300 Introduction to Agriculture Business

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID AG - AB 104

This course provides a survey to the business and economics of the agriculture industry; and, an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture including the agricultural producer, consumer and food system. The management principles encountered in the day-to-day operation of an agricultural enterprise are stressed as they relate to the decision making process.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Analyze and account for complex issues in agricultural business

AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID AG - AB 108L

This course introduces computer use in the workplace with emphasis on agribusiness situations. Computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation managers will be covered. Also included will be accessing information through the Internet and World Wide Web, telecommunications, an introduction to web page design and other software appropriate to agribusiness.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Create professional looking business documents and presentation materials.

AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID AG - AB 128

This course introduces the principles of agriculture accounting systems and types of records, their use and how to compute and use measures of earnings and cost of production to improve agribusiness efficiency. Also included are farm income tax, Social Security, and employee payroll records.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply accounting concepts and principles in making decisions about agricultural business operations.

AGB 321 Agriculture Economics

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID AG - AB 124

This course introduces the analysis of economic principles of resource allocation, production, cost analysis, and market price equilibrium with primary application to the agricultural sector; supply and demand in commodity pricing under perfect and imperfect competition; and agricultural credit, marketing and policy issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply various economical principles in agriculture.

AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: COMM 301

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID AG - AB 112

This course involves the study of principles and practices of the selling process: selling strategies and approaches, why and how people buy, prospecting, territory management, and customer service. Self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary in developing managerial abilities, leadership qualities, and facilitating teamwork within the agribusiness sector will be explored. Students will gain experience through role-play, formal sales presentations, and job shadowing. The course content is organized to give students an in-depth understanding of the factors and influences that affect the agribusiness industry on a day-to-day basis. Communication, leadership, and management skills are basic tools necessary for future career development within the agribusiness sector, as well as other aspects of life.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Explain and interpret the history of agriculture sales industry.

AGB 331 Agriculture Marketing

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course is a survey of marketing aspects of the agriculture industry. Students will acquire an overview of the structure and institutional aspects of the marketing system including global agricultural markets. Student projects will include industry studies of the marketing of selected locally grown commodities.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO # 1 Define the function of marketing, where and how they are performed and implement them into a scenario that is provided by the instructor.

AGB 495 Independent Studies in Agriculture Business

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

AGB 498 Work Experience in Agriculture Business

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Agriculture Business.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Howard Lewis
Office: Winn 215J
Phone: (916) 691-7614
E-mail: LewisJH@crc.losrios.edu