California and the Central Valley lead the world and the nation in agricultural production. The scope and diversity of this broad industry is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

As an Agriculture Major at Merced, students will explore this diverse industry through a variety of programs and courses, while taking advantage of local opportunities. We connect students with entry level employment positions and develop skills along with the ability to transfer to a college or university to continue their studies in a wide variety of agricultural fields.

Our Programs

  • Agriculture class


    Our general agriculture major is tailor made for students wishing to explore this diverse industry with a multitude of classes offered.

  • Agriculture business class

    Agriculture Business

    The Merced College Agriculture Business curriculum develops students’ abilities to make decisions in the management of a farm or a ranch enterprise.

  • Agriculture Education

    coming soon…

  • Animal science

    Animal Science

    The Animal Science curriculum provides the student with a broad overview of the latest trends and innovations in the care and production of livestock.

  • Equipment repair

    Diesel Equipment Technology

    In this program students will obtain skills used throughout the entire diesel equipment field in repair and maintenance of equipment.

  • environmental horticulture

    Environmental Horticulture

    Environmental Horticulture students receive well-rounded training in the field with exposure to Tree and Plant Identification, Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance, and Nursery and Garden Center Practice.

  • horse care

    Equine Science Management

    Students enrolled in the Merced College Horse Management Program study theory and apply practical experiences in a variety of classes that are related to the horse.

  • student presenting dish in nutrition class

    Nutrition & Foods

    Diverse coursework that satisfies the needs of Dietetic Service Supervisory Levels, foodservice management, as well as those seeking a career within healthcare, public health programs, and theĀ restaurant field.

  • Agricultural field

    Plant & Crop Science

    Benefiting from our 240 acres of cropland on campus, the Crop Science Program introduces the latest practices in crop-oriented production areas.

Agriculture Support & Workforce Development

Agricultural Ambassadors

The Agricultural Ambassador Program began in 1997 to provide superior leadership training for Merced College students pursuing careers in the agricultural industry.

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Agricultural classes enjoy well-equipped classrooms and workshops, 40 acres of permanent pasture, facilities for animal raising, 240 acres of cropland, greenhouses, and a campus nursery.

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The foundation of a successful career begins here.

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