Explore Academic Programs - Agricultural Science

The Agriculture program offers multiple degrees and certificates allowing students to gain critical-thinking, interpersonal and mechanical skills. These skills are integral to managing the day-to-day operations on farms, ranches, nurseries and greenhouses. They are also critical to overseeing the nutrition and health care of animals/livestock and the production of row crops, vegetables and ornamental plants.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Agricultural inspector

Potential Earnings: (2016) $20.58 hourly $42,800 annual

Market Growth Rate: (2014-2024) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)

Agricultural technician

Potential Earnings:  (2016) $18.05 hourly $37,550 annual

Market Growth Rate: (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%)

Agricultural worker

Potential Earnings: (2016) $14.98 hourly $31,160 annual

Market Growth Rate: (2014-2024) Decline (-2% or lower)

Farm and ranch manager

Potential Earnings: (2016) $31.91 hourly $66,360 annual

Market Growth Rate: (2014-2024) Decline (-2% or lower)

Agricultural equipment operator

Potential Earnings: (2016) $13.87 hourly $28,850 annual

Market Growth Rate: (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%)

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

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Degrees and Certificates

The Agricultural offerings at CTC include an Associate of Science (AS) degree in agriculture and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in agriculture production, equine management and horticulture development.  We also offer certificates in agriculture industries and production technology.

The associate degree is a two-year program designed to transfer courses to a four-year university. The certificate programs are designed to provide specialized training with a "hands-on" approach to learning.

Agricultural students have access to a 360-acre livestock center with newly-designed horse stalls, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, cattle production facilities, tillable cropland and pasture/rangeland for both the equine and bovine herds. Horticulture students have access to a climate-controlled greenhouse for classes and labs.

Degrees & Certificates Delivery Mode
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Agriculture Science (AS)
60 credit hours, four semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Agriculture Production (AAS)
60 credit hours, four semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Equine Management (AAS)
60 credit hours, four semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Horticultural Development (AAS)
60 credit hours, four semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Agricultural Industries (CC)
51 credit hours, four semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Production Technology (CC)
28 credit hours, two semesters full-time
 Central Campus - Day
Course Descriptions

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Office: 254-526-1288

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