YAKIMA – Yakima Valley College will begin offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Sciences this next fall. The degree adds to the growing list of community college agricultural programs. Students can apply for the program between March 1 and March 31 to enter the first classes of the program in September.
The program will be offered at the Yakima and Grandview campuses, which aims to provide agricultural students in the region with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while staying close to home.
The degree will cover strategic operations, harvesting technology, soil health, plant physiology, pest management, and other topics that build on the existing curriculum. There is a blended learning option, combining in-person and online teaching methods, allowing students to have classes only once or twice a week. Either way, each course will incorporate practical learning techniques.
Full-time students with an associate will be able to complete the program in two years. YVC’s Department of Agriculture has developed the diploma and program over several years. The hope was to reduce the effects of the looming high rate of agricultural retirement in the region, due to the fact that more than a third of Yakima’s agricultural producers are over 65.