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

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science in Agriculture Science



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*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, available each semester, 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.


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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5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Canyon County Center


2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651


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News and Blogs

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