Explore Academic Programs - Agricultural Science


The CTC Department of Agriculture offers multiple degrees and certificates allowing students to gain analytical, critical-thinking, interpersonal and mechanical skills to excel in owning or operating family-owned farms, managing the day-to-day operation of large farms, ranches, nurseries or greenhouses, oversee nutrition and health care for animals/livestock, oversee breeding and marketing of animals/livestock or oversee the production of row crops, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Agricultural inspector

Potential Earnings: $43-45,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: little to no change 


Agricultural technician

Potential Earnings:  $35,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: average growth


Agricultural worker

Potential Earnings: $27-30,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: slight decline (1%)

Farm and ranch manager

Potential Earnings: $68,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: slight decline (less than 2%)


Other agricultural manager

Potential Earnings: $68,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: slight decline (less than 2%)


Agricultural equipment operator

Potential Earnings: $27,000 annually

Market Growth Rate: average growth

* Further study (bachelor's degree) required | ** Study beyond bachelor's degree required


Degrees and Certificates

The CTC Department of Agriculture offers an Associate of Science (AS) degree in agriculture, a two-year agricultural industries certificate and three one-year certificates specializing in equine, horticulture and agriculture production.

The associate degree is a two-year program designed so the student can transfer course hours to a four-year university. The certificate programs are designed to provide specialized training with a "hands-on" approach to learning.

The Department of Agriculture manages a 360-acre livestock center which includes newly-designed horse stalls, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, cattle production facilities, tillable cropland and pasture/rangeland for both the equine and bovine herds.

The Department of Agriculture also includes a climate-controlled greenhouse for horticulture classes and labs.

Delivery Mode

Associate of Science

Agriculture Science

60 credit hours, four semesters full-time

Associate of Applied Science

Agriculture Production

60 credit hours, four semesters full-time

Associate of Applied Science

Equine Management

60 credit hours, four semesters full-time

Associate of Applied Science

Horticultural Development

60 credit hours, four semesters full-time

Certificate of Completion

Agricultural Industries

51 credit hours, four semesters full-time

Certificate of Completion

Production Technology

28 credit hours, two semesters full-time