Precision Ag
Precision Agriculture Program
GIS Student surveying

Student Success

"The time I spent at West Hills College in the Precision Ag program has been very beneficial and the lessons learned there have been useful in my everyday life."

Kerri Birdwell,
Pacific Coast Field Support Technician
Ag Leader Technology, Iowa


Overview

The Precision Agriculture program prepares students to work with global positioning satellite (GPS) systems, geographic information system (GIS) software, automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, and related computer software. Students will learn through hands-on, real-world applications.

Associate Degree

Program student learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to use agricultural technology.
  • Students will understand agronomic fundamentals (soil, plant, water relationships).
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to physically map using GPS and digitize field boundaries to create maps in GIS.
  • Students will demonstrate job readiness skills needed to obtain employment upon graduation.


Students must fulfill the following requirements to qualify for an associate degree.

  • Complete the General Education pattern for the associate degree or
  • Complete CSU Breadth or IGETC
  • Complete a minimum of 25 additional units chosen exclusively from the major lists below
  • Complete electives to reach a total of 60 degree applicable units
  • Earn a grade of C or better in each course in the major
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00
  • Complete the English and math proficiency requirements with a C grade or better



Courses

AG 15X Work Experience 1
AGBUS 15 Computer Application to Agriculture 3
CRPSCI 1 Introduction to Plant Science 3
CRPSCI 6 Applications of GPS Technology in AG 4
CRPSCI 7 GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring 4
CRPSCI 19 Water Management 3
Math 87 Mathematics for Life 3
SLSCI 21 Soils 4
Electives 3
TOTAL 28


Recommended electives: GEOG 4, AG 10, 11

Certificate of Achievement - Precision Agriculture

Completing the certificate qualifies the student to enter the professional job market in the public sector as well as the agriculture industry. Units for the Precision Agriculture Certificate apply to the Associates Science Degree in Agriculture.

Completion of the 28 units listed above fulfills the requirements for an Agriculture Science and Technology Certificate of Achievement.

> Gainful Employment

Program student learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to use agricultural technology.
  • Students will understand agronomic fundamentals (soil, plant, water relationships).
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to physically map using GPS and digitize field boundaries to create maps in GIS.


Courses

AGBUS 15 Computer Application to Agriculture 3
CRPSCI 1 Introduction to Plant Science 3
CRPSCI 6 Applications of GPS Technology in Ag 4
CRPSCI 7 GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring 4
CRPSCI 19 Water Management 3

TOTAL 17





Degrees & Certificates

Agriculture Science and Technology
  AS Degree (+GE units)

Precision Agriculture
  Certificate (28 Units)
  > Gainful Employment

Precision Agriculture
  Local Certificate (17 Units)

Contact US

David Castillo CLINT COWDEN
Agriculture Science
and Technology Instructor
ClintCowden@whccd.edu
(559) 934-2700

Careers

  • GPS/GIS Technician
  • Crop Consultant
  • Dealer/Manufacturer Representative
  • Private Applicator

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