What You’ll Learn in the Food and Agriculture Program

Prepare for your future career with an Associate of Science in Food and Agriculture from UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County.

In this two-year degree program, you will gain the scientific knowledge, professionalism, and effective communication and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in multiple agricultural fields. Our program offers a combination of fundamental courses in agriculture, including agribusiness, animal science, soil and crop science, marketing, and sales, combined with business and general education coursework, such as college writing and oral communication.

You will also gain professional experience through an internship after your first year, where you can expand your network, and apply your learning in a real-world setting. 

To learn more about the program, review the fact sheet.

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Why Earn an Associate Degree?

With an associate degree, you will gain a strong start to your dream career. An associate degree offers you several benefits, including: 

  • Higher earning potential
  • Faster entrance into the workforce
  • Increased job security
  • Broader job opportunities
  • More potential for career advancement
  • Seamless transition to a four-year degree

At UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, you will also have exciting opportunities to learn inside and outside of the classroom. You can access career preparation services and career counseling, and you can do an internship or co-op with a local employer to gain work experience in your chosen career field. Additionally, you will have access to student support services designed to help you succeed, such as academic advising, health and mental health services, mentoring, tutoring, and related resources.

Discover by Doing

With this hands-on degree program, you will put your learning into practice. You can participate in student clubs and orgs, gain career experience with local employers, and conduct undergraduate research to discover solutions to real-world agricultural challenges.

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Invest in Your Education and Your Future Career

Earning an associate degree is a smart investment. With an associate degree, you will be prepared to launch your career or take your career to the next level. The skills and knowledge you learn in the Food and Agriculture program will be suited for employment with companies and organizations such as agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, agronomy centers, food processors, and agricultural equipment manufacturers. 

You will also be prepared for entry-level work in research labs, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations addressing issues such as global food resources, international aid, and international development.

Potential career opportunities can include: 

  • Project manager 
  • Account manager
  • Sales representative 
  • Lab assistant
  • Researcher
  • Consultant 
  • Agronomist
  • Small business owner 
  • Territory manager
  • Office manager 
  • Livestock manager
  • Food industry technician 
  • Artificial insemination technician

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree

If you decide to continue your educational journey towards a bachelor's degree, you can seamlessly transition to our UW-Platteville main campus and our School of Agriculture. With your associate degree, you will also be prepared to transfer to another college or university within the University of Wisconsin system or elsewhere.