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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 visit http://www.uidaho.edu/cals/academics/undergraduatestudies/fouryearplans.


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 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.

  • 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


Nampa Campus Academic Building

5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651



News and Blogs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
CWI employees and students are invited to the Fall Native Plant Garden clean-up this Friday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m. 
Blog by Molly Wolk
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
On Saturday, Nov. 7, nine College of Western Idaho (CWI) students and their instructor, representing the Allied Health, Education, and Biology Departments, hosted two different workshops at CWI’s annual STEM Out! Into PTE event. This event was designed to ignite the curiosities of Treasure Valley girls ages 10-15 as they consider future careers in STEM fields.
Blog by Nicole Frank
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 2:30pm
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” is saying that has been around for as long as we know, but let’s pause for a moment and consider what it would mean if we didn’t have access to drugs such as aspirin.  Aspirin is used to treat pain, fever, inflammation, and to treat or prevent heart attacks and strokes. (There has even been preliminary data that suggests regular aspirin use can help treat/prevent cancer [1].) Prior to the 1950s there weren’t many alternatives to aspirin.
Blog by Nicole Frank
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:00pm
Yesterday, the internet exploded (as it does regularly) over an infographic about what a can of coke does to the human body after consumption. The original post was created by the website www.therenegadepharmacist.com. Unsurprisingly, fact checking was not utilized by many parties before this post was shared and before long it was trending on Facebook and other outlets.


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