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. Ag science is one of the many applied fields of biology and is an excellent area of study for students interested in issues such as resource optimization, animal health, and production of animals and plants for food, feed, or fiber. After completing the Associate of Science degree in Agriculture Science from CWI, you may choose the opportunity to transition to a four-year college or university and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. You will then be in position to pursue a rewarding career in agriculture education, civil service, production, veterinary science, or research.


The Agriculture Science program 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

An Associate of Science degree in Agriculture Science from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) can put you on the path to a professional position in public service or private industry while remaining on the farm or ranch as you transition from high school 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


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Requirements and Costs

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See 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.

For additional information, to accompany the Advising Worksheet, please see the Recommended Degree Course Progression and/or the Recommended Degree Course Progression for Students Transferring to the UI Ag Science, Communication & Leadership B.S. Program.

  • 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 and complete an Agriculture degree 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.
  • It is recommended that Biology be taken before either AGRI 102/102lL or AGRI 109/109L.
  • 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.

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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News and Blogs

Blog by Steve Lysne
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00am
Tyrell Styhl, a sophomore natural resources major at the College of Western Idaho (CWI), claimed Best Paper Presentation for an Undergraduate Student at the 57th Annual Meeting & Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering last month in Boise. He won for his paper titled Entrainment of Freshwater Mollusks: A Bioenergetic Sink for Primary Consumers which was result of two years of faculty-mentored research at CWI. The full text of Ty’s abstract is below.
Blog by Steve Lysne
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:45am
On March 20, several CWI faculty and students will present on various topics at the 57th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. Life Sciences Department Chair, Nicole Frank, will be joined by Assistant Professors Steven Lysne and Brian McClain during the STEM Education plenary session.
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:45pm
The link below has several modules and courses aimed at teaching earth sciences at the university/college level.  Topics range from climate change to mineral resources to natural hazards!  I worked with a team to develop the "Map Your Hazards! – Assessing Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk" module.  When we piloted the module in our courses (including courses at CWI), we found that the majority of students were both more excited and more engaged in the subject matter.  Check it out!
Blog by Maia Kelley
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1:15pm
As a member of the CWI mathematics department it likely comes as no surprise that I majored in math in college and graduate school.  When I meet new people the assumption that they make upon learning what I do for a living is probably not unlike the reaction that dentists get.  In other words, “Wow, you must be really smart and kind of a sadist.”  They also assume that studying math is the fulfillment of a lifelong obsession with math, that I really want to hear their horror stories about math...


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