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Agribusiness: Enology/Viticulture

Award Type: Associate in Arts

The associate degree program is designed to prepare students for upper division course work leading to a baccalaureate degree in enology or viticulture. The curriculum prepares students for entry level and advanced positions in the wine industry including wine production, quality assurance and control, cellar supervision, vineyard management, research, and grape production.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Agribusiness: Enology/Viticulture will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the yearly cycle in the vineyard.
  • Describe and demonstrate proficiency in pruning, irrigation, canopy management, pest and disease control, fruit quality assessment and determining time of optimal harvest.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make sound viticultural decisions during the entire year to ensure quality fruit and healthy vines.
  • Make appropriate additions to maintain wine stability and to determine the optimum time to bottle and release the wine.
  • Make sound enological decisions during the course of the entire year (or years to bottling) to ensure wine quality and a clean, safe winery workplace.

Program Requirements

A major of 22 units is required for the associate in arts degree.

Required core courses (14 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
VEN 101 Introduction to Winemaking/Enology 3.0
VEN 102 Introduction to Viticulture 3.0
VEN 310 Winemaking Operations I 2.0
VEN 311 Winemaking Operations II 2.0
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4.0

Plus a minimum of 8 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
VEN 103 Sensory Evaluation of Wine 3.0
VEN 114 Wine Business 3.0
AG 125 Introduction to Soil Science 4.0
VEN 135 Grapevine Physiology 1.0
AG 126 Fertilizers & Plant Nutrition 4.0
BIOL 128 Microbiology 4.5
BIOL 154 General Botany 5.0
BUS 121 Business Economics 3.0
ECON 121 Business Economics 3.0
CHEM 140 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4.0
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
MATH 135 Calculus with Applications 4.0
MATH 181 Calculus 1 4.0
MATH 182 Calculus 2 4.0
PHYS 141 General Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 142 General Physics 2 4.0

General Education Requirements

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Last Modified Apr 30, 2024