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Agricultural Studies

Are you interested in vertical farming, beekeeping, animal science, or hydroponics? In this program, you can put scientific principles to work and gain hands-on experience from industry professionals in topics ranging from urban farming, greenhouse crop production, greenhouse management, sustainable practices that translate to large or small farm operations, and animal husbandry. 

Agriculture is the art and science of raising plants and animals for human benefit. It is the foundation of civilizations and contributes to food security. The Collin College Agricultural Studies department offers students an opportunity to learn sustainable practices in agriculture, improve production practices, and meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.

Urban Sustainable Agriculture

Collin County has a rich agricultural history, that continues to be strong today. According to the USDA census data, 50% of acreage in Collin County is identified as agricultural, and although the sizes of local farms are decreasing, the number of small farms is increasing. Small footprint farms are producing more crops per square foot with less water and a smaller environmental impact!

The urban sustainable agriculture program offers students an opportunity to learn sustainable practices, incorporate precision technology, and develop food solutions to an ever-increasing population. Students will develop the skills to create their own small farm, develop the technical knowledge and marketable skills needed to manage controlled-environment growing operations, and market locally sourced produce to chefs and families. Students will learn how to manage a small growing operation and help create a local farm-to-table program.

Texas Farm Bureau is hosting a monthly lunch at the Wylie Campus for Agriculture Students or students wanting to know more about agriculture. Email AgStudies@Collin.edu for more information for dates and times. Collin County Farm Bureau just recently announced an endowed scholarship in the name of Butch Aycock for Agriculture majors. Scholarship applications are due this week for the Collin Education Foundation! The foundation also has the Lawler endowed scholarship for Agriculture students. Visit the Collin College link for scholarships for more information http://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/financialaid/scholarships.html

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AAS Urban Sustainable Agriculture Degree Plan

Certificate Level 1 - Sustainable Agriculture - 16 SCH 

  • AGCR 2305 Entomology - 3 SCH 
  • AGCR 2371 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture - 3 SCH 
  • HALT 2421 Small Farming + Lab - 4 SCH 
  • CHEF 1305 Sanitation and Safety - 3 SCH WEB OR F2F
  • ECON 1301 Introduction to Economics - 3 SCH WEB OR F2F

Certificate Level 1 - Controlled Environment Agriculture - 17 SCH 

  • AGCR 2313 Soil and Water Conservation Management - 3 SCH 
  • AGRI 1415 Horticulture - 4 SCH (ACGM Transfer course) 
  • AGRI 2303 Agricultural Construction - 3 SCH (ACGM Transfer course) 
  • HALT 2308 Greenhouse Management - 3 SCH 
  • HALT 2402 Greenhouse Crop Production - 3 SCH 

Transfer Courses

We are offering two Agriculture Transfer courses that are NOT part of the AAS Degree. For students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution that offers a degree in Agriculture, these two courses are available at Collin College!!!

  • AGRI 2317 Introduction to Agricultural Economics - 3 SCH   
  • AGRI 1419 Introduction to Animal Science - 4 SCH  

AGRICULTURE TRANSFER COURSES - embedded in AAS degree but can be taken as part of an AA or AS degree. 

We offer 17 SCH in academic transfer agriculture courses.

  • AGRI 2303 - Agricultural Construction - 3 SCH 
  • AGRI 1415 - Horticulture - 4 SCH 
  • AGRI 1325 -  Agricultural Marketing - 3 SCH 
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