Turn your passion into a profession with an agriculture degree from MCC. Agricultural career options are not limited to farming and ranching. If working with crops, animals and resources that contribute to the worldwide food supply appeals to you, a career in agriculture can provide a rewarding and fulfilling future.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in agriculture will serve students pursuing a degree and employment in the agriculture industry, and it will create a transfer pathway for students who wish to move on to university agriculture programs to earn a bachelor's degree.

Degree pathways


Agribusiness pathway is for students who want to go into the business, economics, marketing, farm management or logistics of agriculture.

Agribusiness deals with the business of production, processing and distribution of agricultural products. This includes agricultural economics and business through managing risk and realizing positive returns.

Students will learn to apply business strategies and economic principles to solve problems in production and distribution of agricultural goods and services. MCC's agribusiness management provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates studies in agriculture and business management.

Agribusiness will help entrepreneurial students prepare for their future agriculture business and those students who want to work in the Kansas City agribusiness industry.

Animal science

The animal science pathway is for students who want to go into livestock production, aquaculture, animal nutrition, meat science, or veterinary science.

Animal science focuses on animal, food and fiber production, and management. The courses encompass animal biology, breeding and genetics, nutrition, growth, behavior and management.

Graduates of the program can enter the animal science workforce, start their own business, or pursue an advanced degree at the universities in veterinary science, animal production, agribusiness, biotechnology, conservation and agriculture education.

The animal science field is diverse. Graduates of the program can go on to 4-year institutions for bachelor’s degrees in veterinary medicine, animal production, agribusiness, biotechnology, medicine, conservation and education or find a job after completing their degree at MCC.

Plant science

The plant science pathway is for students who want to go into horticulture, agronomy, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, landscaping, turf management, greenhouse management, or urban agriculture.

Plant Sciences is the study of plant growth, reproduction, evolution and adaptation, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber and ornamental purposes. Students might even go on to create a new variety of plant with desired characteristics that may be climate and disease resistant.

Topics in plant science could include: mapping genes in crops, land management and insect control. Plant scientists are in high demand to address many of the world’s most challenging dilemmas:

  • Producing enough food for a growing world population.
  • Breeding plants to tolerate the heat and drought stress caused by climate change.
  • Developing sustainable cropping practices to produce more nutritious food.
  • Creating urban indoor agriculture utilizing  hydroponics and aeroponics.
  • Researching methods to fight plant diseases.
  • Restoring damaged environments to help feed populations that are struggling.
  • Conserving plant species for future generations.

Career and salary information

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