Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship, A.A.S.

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Applied Science

Nature of Program

Interested in entering the work force dealing with food, agricultural and forestry products? Graduates of the AAS SAGE degree will be able to develop enterprises to address the expanding micro –scale production of wine/beer, craft food industries, food desert concerns within our region, the farm to school, and farm to table movements. The level of regional production for all agricultural and forestry crops will need to increase to meet these changing markets. The SAGE degree is aimed at those who are driven to learn the production and business skills to successfully meet this demand with safe and healthy products

Potomac State College is the only college in West Virginia offering a two year associate of applied science in agriculture production.  There are no similar programs within the neighboring states of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The Associate of Applied Science in sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship (SAGE) will provide the basic training workers will need to enter various production related industries such as support personnel to private producers.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor regarding the GEF courses available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
MATH 121Intro Concepts Of Mathematics (or higher: GEF 3)3
BTEC 107Business Communications3
BTEC 109Business Mathematics3
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUe 191)1
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGEE 101Global Food and Agricultural Industry (GEF 7)3
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
AGEE 203Agriculture Mechanics Practica3
ARE 150Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics (GEF 4)3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 2)4
SAGE 141Introduction to Horticulture and Agronomy3
SAGE 215Agricultural Marketing3
SAGE 231Innovation Exploration Seminar1
SAGE 280Principles of Ag Entrepreneurship3
Major Electives (Select four of the following):12
Customer Service Relations
Introduction to Event Logistics
Intro to Networking and Security
Equine Safety and Behavior
Introduction to Horsemanship and Training
Advanced Horsemanship and Training
Equine Facilities and Stable Management
Food Production 1
Sanitation
Applied Horticulture and Agronomy
Applied Animal Husbandry
Woodlot Management
Open Electives (Additional courses from the Major Electives list may be used as Open Electives)5
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3BTEC 1073
BTEC 1093MATH 121 (or higher: GEF 3)3
AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3A&VS 2514
ARE 150 (GEF 4)3AGEE 1103
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUE 191)1SAGE 1413
 13 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 2033SAGE 2153
PLSC 206 (GEF 2)4SAGE 2311
SAGE 2803Major Elective3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Major Elective3Open Elective3
 Open Elective2
 16 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship, a.a.s.

Graduates will be able to:

  • effectively use technical and learned knowledge to collaborate and develop team-based problem solving proficiency to be a productive worker.
  • demonstrate appropriate soil, water, and crop management plans that follow sustainable agricultural practices.
  • demonstrate marketing skills for sustainable agricultural commodities.
  • apply the foundational skills for developing a small-scale sustainable farm or agricultural business.
  • use appropriate state of the art technology and software applications for record keeping and accounting to support a successful farming enterprise.
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • work effectively on teams and competently apply teamwork skills in management groups.