These degrees are a blend of theoretical and practical learning designed to prepare graduates to assume a broad range of positions in the agriculture and bioresources industries. While designations may vary, associate's degrees in agriculture are generally offered in many of the same fields as bachelor's degrees. Depending upon the degree chosen and student interests, graduates may chose to enter the work force directly upon graduation or transfer to a 4-year university to complete a bachelor's degree in agriculture.
Associate of Science (AS) in Agriculture - designed for students interested in continuing their education and pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. There are several patterns of study available depending upon the student's desired career goals. The general agriculture emphasis can be tailored to meet the prerequisites for the student's desired bachelor's program. For example, an animal science emphasis is tailored to students wishing to pursue a bachelor's in animal science or a closely related field; a natural resources emphasis is designed for students seeking a bachelor's in natural resources or rangeland livestock production. An AS degree in agriculture may also be referred to as a "pre-agricultural education transfer program".
Associate of Arts (AA) in Agriculture - designed for students interested in continuing their education and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. The pattern of study is designed to provide an agricultural background for students interested in careers such as agriculture journalism, agricultural event promotion, agriculture business and economics, and agriculture communications.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Agriculture - designed for those students who are interested in getting a broad associate's degree in agriculture but are not necessarily interested in transferring to a 4-year institution. This degree prepares students for careers such as farm and ranch management, natural resource technician, and agricultural sales and service.
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