Agriculture Science


For thousands of years, agriculture has been an impetus for innovation and technology. Today’s agricultural sciences are a driving force in numerous industries that have vital influence on the global economy. If you are interested in Animal Science/Pre Vet CWI offers the courses necessary for you to complete your associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and prepare you for transfer into a 4 year Animal Science/Pre Vet degree.  CWI also has an agreement with the University of Idaho which allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in the Treasure Valley in Agricultural Science Communications and Leadership. Therefore students who complete a Liberal Arts degree from CWI; we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to ensure you complete the necessary coursework, can graduate and enroll at the University of Idaho, stay in the Treasure Valley, and earn your Bachelor’s degree. For more information on the Transfer options to University of Idaho


Agriculture Science at CWI will foster a comprehensive understanding of, and lifelong appreciation for, the contributions of agriculture locally, statewide, nation and global community. Our Agriculture program courses will empower students to meet the challenges of their individual career goals as well as enable them to be responsive to future changes in the agricultural industries.

Why This Program

A degree from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) can put you on the path to a professional position in public service or private industry as you transition to a career or to a university setting.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Gain a robust foundation to support increasingly comprehensive knowledge in the agricultural sciences
  • Become a critical thinker who utilizes scientific approaches when addressing questions regarding the production of food, feed and fiber
  • Recognize and effectively communicate the importance of the agricultural sciences as a resource for human society

Requirements and Costs

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

  • Students who are planning to transfer to University of Idaho after the completion of their A.S., should consult the specific UI articulation agreement for the expected CWI coursework needed for the specific major in order to select the applicable elective classes. 
  • Students who plan to transfer into Agriculture Science at any other 4-year college should consult that institution’s catalog to help select the most appropriate CWI courses.
  • Students who earn English credit by exam still need to take a writing course. ENGL 201 can be taken if both 101 and 102 are awarded by exam.
  • The progression of MATH 143, then CHEM 111, then AGRI 205/205L must be followed as each is a pre-requisite of the next. However, if you did not take Chemistry in high school, consider taking CHEM 101 before 111.

If you would like more information on how to get started at CWI and pursue some options in Agricultural Science through our Liberal Arts degree we would be happy to get you set up. Please contact Andrea Schumaker at [email protected] or Nicole Frank at [email protected]

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Transfer is made easy with CWI’s articulation agreements for selected Bachelor of Science in Agriculture programs offered at University of Idaho.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Agriculture, agriculture support services, and agribusinesses operate in every state in the US, as well as in almost every country in the world. Consider a rewarding career in one of the many industries that produce, process, transform, and market agricultural products.


  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Health
  • Biotechnology
  • Crop Improvement
  • Education
  • Food Processing
  • Food Safety
  • Genetics
  • International Development
  • Nutrition
  • Operations
  • Pest Management
  • Resource Conservation
  • Soil science


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1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

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2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651



News and Blogs

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 1:30pm
Who would have thought that science really had so much to do with aging?  Not me, until I read this article from They explain that while there is still a hearty debate regarding what the true cause of aging is, scientist do have some good theories to follow up on.  One is that as you get older, the proteins and cells in your body start to deteriorate and actually get to a point where they can no longer replenish! Another possible cause is that oxidants getting churned out by...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 2:30pm
Are you looking for something fun and different to do this summer? If so, working on a citizen science project may be your ticket for summer fun. Here’s one excellent opportunity:
Blog by Nicole Frank
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 1:45pm
Recently, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver ran a special segment on the nature of scientific research and how it is reported in the media. Oliver discusses the importance of not just reading the headlines of a science story, or even the article/press release, but actually looking at the nuances of a study before taking the data to heart.
Blog by Nicole Frank
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs are excited to the latest installment of its video blog series, Science is a Verb. CWI faculty share some of their favorite experiments, as well as tips and tricks for bringing science to life. In this episode, Nicole Frank shows how you can conduct bacteria tests--like the effectiveness of hand washing--by creating your own Agar.


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