Sustainable Agriculture Degree

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Sustainable Agriculture Associate in Science Degree with Certificate Option
First Year
Fall Semester
  ACCT 101C Accounting I 3 0 3
# BIOL 115C Introduction to Ecology (Fall only)* or 3 2 4
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective++ 3 0 3
  BUS 170C Principles of Marketing 3 0 3
  SOCI 180C Environment and Society (Fall only) 3 0 3
  12-13
Spring Semester
# AGRI 110C Sustainable Agriculture I 3 2 4
# AGRI  112C Practical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture I 1 3 2
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
# ENVS 101C Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring only)* or 3 2 4
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective++ 3 0 3
  13-14
Summer Semester
# AGRI 115C Practical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture II (8 weeks) 1 3 2
# BIOL 111C General Biology I 3 2 4
  6
Second Year
Fall Semester
# CHEM 103C General Chemistry I 3 2 4
# ENVS 250C Agroecology (Fall only) 3 2 4
  MATH 124C College Algebra or Higher Level Math (excluding MATH 129C) 4 0 4
  ENGL 2xxC English Literature Elective or 3 0 3
  XX xxxC General Education Requirement 3 0 3
  15
Spring Semester
# ENVS 220C Introduction to Soil Science 3 2 4
  MATH 251C Statistics or 3 0 3
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 0 3
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
TOTAL CREDITS 61-62
  15
Sustainable Agriculture Associate in Science Degree with Transfer Option
First Year
Fall Semester
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
  SOCI 180C Environment and Society (Fall only) 3 0 3
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
  14
Spring Semester
# AGRI 110C Sustainable Agriculture I 3 2 4
# BIOL 111C General Biology I 3 2 4
# ENVS 101C Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring only) 3 2 4
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
  16
Second Year
Fall Semester
# ENVS 250C Agroecology (Fall only) 3 2 4
# CHEM 103C General Chemistry I 3 2 4
  MATH 124C College Algebra or Higher Level Math (excluding MATH 129C) 4 0 4
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
  16
Spring Semester
# ENVS 220C Introduction to Soil Science 3 2 4
  ENGL 2XXC English Elective or 3 0 3
  MATH 251C Statistics 3 0 3
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
# XX xxxC Major Elective♦ 3 2 4
  15
TOTAL CREDITS 61

# Indicates major field courses.
* Choose either BIOL 115C or ENVS 101C.
++ Choose only one humanities elective.
♦ Major elective classes: ARET 160C; BIOL 112C, BIOL 117C, BIOL 159C, BIOL 212C, BIOL 202C, BIOL 211C; CHEM 103C, CHEM 104C, CHEM 105C, CHEM 115C; GEOG 110C; PHYS 133C, PHYS 134C, PHYS 231C, PHYS 232C

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2017-18.

The Associate of Science in Sustainable Agriculture degree will not only prepare future farmers for both the business and science behind running a small profitable farm in Northern New England, but also provide those students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture the courses needed for transfer. The career pathway of this program focuses on sustainable alternatives to industrialized farming and how to be successful in the marketplace without competing with industrialized and specialized large-scale operations.  Students will develop the skills necessary to market their product through farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture and restaurants as part of the local food-to-table movement.  In the transfer pathway students will take a series of core courses and electives that will prepare them to complete a Bachelor of Science as well as work in this field.

As advocates for the production of healthy, environmentally friendly food in their community, students will understand the holistic role of the agro-ecosystem and how to balance the economic, environmental and social needs of the farmer and community. Students will specialize through guided pathways based on their agricultural preference, such as greenhouse and high tunnel farming, open field farming, fruit, tree, vineyard as well as agricultural management, policy and marketing.

The program will provide students with the knowledge and local connections to overcome some of the barriers facing a new farmer. Students will: 

  • Apply the basic principles of environmental science and ecology to sustainable agriculture
  • Read and interpret soil and water chemistry testing results
  • Identify basic agricultural pests and diseases
  • Select plants, order materials, plant and transplant in greenhouses, directly sew seeds and harvest plants
  • Identify trees and use the principles of  forest ecology and tree identification  to select planting sites and predict how these principals will affect soil type and chemistry
  • Calculate the ratios of fertilizers and  nutrients for application per area
  • Prepare a portfolio with information on pests, climate, frost dates, plant types, pest resistance, planting dates, costs and potential markets needed for licensing and financial documentation
  • Evaluate the consequences of a history of industrialized agriculture and explain how that affects current agricultural systems
  • Advocate for policy change to support sustainable agriculture
  • Manage a working landscape
  • Promote healthy eating and value added agricultural products
  • Maintain financial records and apply for and procure loans and grants
  • Identify niche markets and properly market materials ensuring a profitable business 
  • Gain skills through internships and apprenticeships and establish mentoring relationships with successful agribusinesses

Students will develop the skills necessary and complete the appropriate classes needed to either pursue a B.S degree in Sustainable Agriculture or for direct workforce entry.  Such careers include:  

  • Farmer
  • Market Gardener
  • Farmers Market Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Sustainable agriculture consultant
  • Local food buyer for Supermarket
  • Organic/Sustainable Retail and Support (seed/ equipment company)
  • Greenhouse manager
  • High tunnel grower
  • Agrotourism
  • 4-H coordination
  • Agricultural fair worker
  • Management and marketing of agricultural
  • Operations
  • Management of working lands and landscapes
  • Agriculture/food/nutrition/natural resources-related research
  • Policy-making

This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

Technical Standards

Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Technology certificate must have sufficient strength, stamina, motor coordination, and sensory capabilities to perform the following:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time, walking, running, bending, and sitting on the floor/ground to meet farming needs and accomplish tasks;
  • Frequent lifting, moving, and transferring of equipment, plants, and/or livestock;
  • Sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly to clients, colleagues, and professional partners in the event of an emergency;
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions to clients, colleagues, and professional partners;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, including situations requiring immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange, to demonstrate safe and required care for colleagues and the workplace as a whole, and to cope with substantial variations in workload and stress levels;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes and laboratories in a timely manner;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills and time management in classes and at the laboratory site;
  • Ability to abide by NHTI’s Student Code of Conduct.

NHTI reserves the right to amend its technical standards at any time and impose them on all current students.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Amy Liptak
Natural Sciences
Department Head

(603) 271-6484 x4243
aliptak@ccsnh.edu

Tracey Lesser
Program Coordinator

(603) 271-6484 x4423
tlesser@ccsnh.edu

Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011
nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu

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