Certificate and Degree Programs
The Agriculture Business major (pdf) focuses on business concepts as they relate to the agricultural industry of California and the Central Coast region. Production of fresh vegetables and fruits exceeds $3.5 billion yearly in Monterey County alone. The suppliers of goods and services to producers of vegetables and fruits is also an important part of the agri-business industry.
Because of the selection of course offerings, a broad range of occupational choices is available to the student. These include positions in production management, sales and marketing positions, federal, state and county government units, agricultural communications, and farm and ranch management. The core curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic functions of agriculture economics and business and the application of theory and practice to the agribusiness industry. The electives allow the student to design a curriculum that is more closely aligned with the student's education and career goals.
One of the goals of the Agribusiness major is to prepare students for the baccalaureate major in Agribusiness. Courses required in the program are designed to be transferable to fulfill the lower division major requirements in three different four-year colleges. Since the Agribusiness major requirements vary widely from college to college, not all courses are articulated to all three transfer programs. Students from Hartnell's agriculture business program have transferred successfully to CSU Fresno, Chico, and Cal Poly. Other students transfer to the Business program at CSU Monterey Bay with a concentration in Agriculture Business. The major electives offer flexibility, and students can tailor their elective choice to fit the major requirements of the chosen transfer institution. In addition, the lower division general education courses provide a foundation for upper division work.