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Contact: Agricultural SciencesTitle: DepartmentContact: agsci@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Agriculture Plant Science, AS-T

Natural Sciences Division
The A.S. in Agricultural Science and Technology is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. It is also ideal for those who desire a career in agricultural education.  The curriculum is flexible in nature to allow for previous experience and specialization in a given area of agriculture.  The program is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experiences designed to give the students a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. 
This program is intended to prepare students for employment following graduation or to transfer to a university.  Students desiring a bachelor's degree should consult with the department chairperson, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.
Upon completion of the A.S. in Agricultural Science and Technology degree students will understand the foundations of agriculture, animal production practices, plant production practices, soil science, crop nutrition, crop pest and disease control, and the operation of agricultural equipment.  Students will be prepared for careers within a wide variety of specializations in the field of agriculture.  This degree also prepares students with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue baccalaureate degrees in Agriculture, Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences, Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Plant Science, Agriculture Education, Agriculture Studies or related majors.

Required Courses
 

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Agricultural Managers

      Agricultural Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-9013.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $60.65

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $34,227.77
      Annual Job Openings
      6,974

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Soil and Plant Scientists

      Soil and Plant Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1013.00

      Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $67.09

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $80,054.93
      Annual Job Openings
      253

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Conservation Scientists

      Conservation Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1031.00

      Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $57.16

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $64,964.30
      Annual Job Openings
      201

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Range Managers

      Range Managers

      SOC Career Code: 19-1031.02

      Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $57.16

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $64,964.30
      Annual Job Openings
      201

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

      Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

      SOC Career Code: 45-1011.00

      Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.48

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $41,501.73
      Annual Job Openings
      2,194

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Agriculture Plant Science, AS-T

    Natural Sciences Division
    The A.S. in Agricultural Science and Technology is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. It is also ideal for those who desire a career in agricultural education.  The curriculum is flexible in nature to allow for previous experience and specialization in a given area of agriculture.  The program is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experiences designed to give the students a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. 
    This program is intended to prepare students for employment following graduation or to transfer to a university.  Students desiring a bachelor's degree should consult with the department chairperson, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.
    Upon completion of the A.S. in Agricultural Science and Technology degree students will understand the foundations of agriculture, animal production practices, plant production practices, soil science, crop nutrition, crop pest and disease control, and the operation of agricultural equipment.  Students will be prepared for careers within a wide variety of specializations in the field of agriculture.  This degree also prepares students with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue baccalaureate degrees in Agriculture, Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences, Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Plant Science, Agriculture Education, Agriculture Studies or related majors.

    Required Courses
     
    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    AGAG 1Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective3
    AGOR 1Horticultural Science3
    AGOR 2Plant Propagation/Greenhouse Management3
    AGOR 50Soil Science and Management3
    AGOR 51Tractor and Landscape Equipment Operations3
    ASCI 1Animal Science3
    ASCI 2Animal Nutrition3
    ASCI 2LAnimal Nutrition Laboratory0.5
    Choose three from the following:9
    AGOR 13
    Landscape Design
    AGOR 24
    Integrated Pest Management
    AGOR 32
    Landscaping and Nursery Management
    AGOR 39
    Turf Grass Production and Management
    AGOR 53
    Small Engine Repair I
    AGOR 62
    Irrigation Principles and Design
    AGOR 71
    Construction Fundamentals
    ASCI 14
    Swine Production
    ASCI 16
    Horse Production and Management
    ASCI 17
    Sheep Production
    ASCI 30
    Beef Production
    ASCI 51
    Animal Handling and Restraint
    WELD 40
    Introduction to Welding
    Total Units30.5

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Contact: Agricultural SciencesTitle: DepartmentContact: agsci@mtsac.edu

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