Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Institute of Agricultural Technology

Programs
Viticulture

The Viticulture certificate is delivered in partnership between Monroe Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA), and the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.  The combination of online viticulture courses delivered by experts from throughout the United States, hands-on experience at local vineyards, fresh markets, juice processors, packing plants and wineries and fundamental plant science courses provide graduates with the specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the rapidly expanding grape industry – supplying grapes for table, juice and wine making.

Graduates of the program will receive a certificate from the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology. Students may continue their course work to obtain an Associate in Applied Science Degree from the community college partners in addition to the certificate from Michigan State University. Should students wish to continue their education, the appropriate pre-designated credits may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program at Michigan State University if students meet the established transfer guidelines.

Requirements for Viticulture

1. All of the following courses (21 credits):
AT 202 Agricultural Regulations, Compliance and Safety 3
AT 293 Professional Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
CSS 143 Introduction to Soil Science 2
ENT 110 Applied Entomology of Economic Plants 3
HRT 231 Clerkship in Grape Harvesting and Processing 1
HRT 232 Principles and Practices of Grape Production 3
HRT 233 Field Practices of Viticulture 3
HRT 234 Current Issues in Viticulture and Enology 1
PLP 105 Fundamentals of Applied Plant Pathology 2
2. Complete 21 credits of additional course work through Monroe Community College, Northwestern Michigan College or Southwestern Michigan College as well as 6 credits through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance. All course work must be approved by the student’s program coordinator.