Agroecology, Associate of Applied Science

Agroecology integrates ecological, social, economic, and agricultural principles into research, education, and the practices of our food system and land management. This two-year program provides a broad understanding of the various aspects of ecology and agriculture, with the health and well-being of local populations and the workforce. Courses may include topics that discuss soil nutrient and building, orchard maintenance, vegetable production, native plant propagation, agroforestry, and mushroom cultivation. In addition to the agriculture core courses, there are pathways for business courses to give students the business framework to make their ideas into a successful and sustainable business. Students will have hands-on internship experiences to develop and use the skills that are essential to be a successful vegetable farmer, nursery manager, landscaper, watershed technician, or an entrepreneur.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  •  Apply scientific concepts and practices within the disciplines of ecology, soil science, and plant biology to methods of sustainable farming and ecological land management. 
  •  Employ agroecology principles to support ecosystems and communities.
  •  Understand the role of the existing biodiversity and design systems to support and enhance and improve conditions.
  •  Examine principles and examples of successful and viable farms or business and marketing plans.
  •  Review history, ethics, and trends in agriculture systems.
  •  Develop hands-on ecological food production and land management skills and assess techniques through field-based instruction and internships.
  • Communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree.

Plan of Study Grid
Completion of MTH20 or placement into MTH82
Completion of WR90R or placement into WR115
First Year
AG101 Introduction To Agroecology 5
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
WR115 Fundamentals of Report Writing 4
Specific Elective 2 3
AG102 Agroecology II 5
AG150 Applied Plant Biology 3
BI140 Practical Ecology 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 4
AG103 Agroecology III 5
AG180 Agroecology Internship 3
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
Specific Elective 2 4
Second Year
AG201 Horticulture Science 4
BA150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
Specific Elective 2 3
AG202 Integrated Pest Management 4
ANTH202 Introduction to Archaeology 3
NR210 Restoration And Fire Ecology 2
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Communication 7 4
Specific Elective 2 4
AG203 Plant Ecology Of The Pacific Northwest 4
AG277 Agroecology Capstone 2
AG280 Cooperative Work Experience- Agroecology 4
Specific Elective 2 4
 Total Credits90

May substitute for WR121Z or WR121.


Specific Electives: Any AG, ART, BA, ENV, NR, or F class or a specific elective from this list with guidance from advisor (FS131, CRT115, GEOG265, WLD100, GS105, SPAN101, CIS125S, or FN225).


MTH60 or MTH65 higher excluding MTH211.


Internship: Call 541-888-7405 to schedule with Internship Coordinator one month prior to term.


May substitute for  ANTH230, ANTH231, ANTH232.


PE231 or Three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses will satisfy this requirement.


COMM111Z or SP111, COMM218Z or SP218, COMM219 or SP219 may be substituted for COMM100Z or SP100.