Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree - Technical/Professional Studies
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Miriam Huddleston, 443-412-2426,; Admissions, 443-412-2109. Additional contacts: Glori Hyman, Acting Director Institute of Applied Agriculture University of Maryland, College Park 301-405-4685.

Harford Community College cooperates with the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA), University of Maryland, College Park, to offer this program. HCC offers general education courses to prepare students for transfer to the Institute of Applied Agriculture. The Institute of Applied Agriculture offers the subject-specific courses required for this program. HCC awards the Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Technical/Professional Studies upon successful completion of the program.

In order to graduate with this degree, a student must have an approved written learning plan including concentration area on file in the Advising, Career, and Transfer Services Office. The plan must be developed in collaboration with a Faculty Advisor or an Academic Division Dean and include courses from the Technical/Professional core courses listed below.

 NumberTitle Credits
 ENG 101English Composition 3   
 Arts/Humanities Elective 3   
 Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3   
 Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4   
 General Education Elective 6   
 Mathematics Elective 3   
 Technical/Professional Electives17  
 Technical/Professional Core Courses 20  
 Physical Education Elective 1   
 Total Credits60  

Advances in technology continue to change agriculture in Maryland and across the nation. This technology can be used to ignite creative solutions to the challenge of protecting natural resources while managing productive, profitable businesses. Effective management and business skills can be applied to careers in feed or seed sales and service, nutrient management consulting, and crop and livestock production. The business skills emphasized in this program are an important part of success in any career area. Coupled with courses in agricultural mechanics and crop and animal science, students gain skills that are important for managing an effective agricultural enterprise. Internship experiences provide work with industry professionals and interaction with others in agriculture.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.

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