Agriculture & Natural Resources

Program Overview

Associate of Applied Science / 60-62 credits

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Program provides science-based instruction and hands-on skills training to work in a wide variety of sustainable “green industry” jobs.  An emphasis on entrepreneurship is included to prepare students to be a vibrant part of Hawaii’s growing kama’aina economy.  Degree seeking students, students intending to transfer, as well as those  interested in a few targeted courses for professional development are encouraged to be part of the program.

There are three general academic tracks in the program: crop production, landscaping, and resource management.  Students can work toward an Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production or Horticulture and Landscape Maintenance; or work with the Program Coordinator to develop an Associate in Technical Studies in Cultural and Natural Resource Management.  Farmer development training is condensed in a Certificate of Competence.

Length of Program
An Associates degree takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete as a Full-Time student. However many working students will come on a part time basis and spend more time to earn a degree. A 2 semester set of courses prepares students to become farming entrepreneurs. Other specializations such as Beekeeping are offered as Certificates.

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Take The Next Step

Request more information about this program or contact:


Mach Fukada, Program Coordinator

Phone: 808 984 3243



Lyons Cabacungan, Farm Manager

Phone: 808 984 3285



Eri Nomura, Counselor

Appointments: 808 984 3306

Fax: 808 984 3872


Program Articulations

Oregon State University Ecampus General Agriculture
UH Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Course Schedules

View a month-by-month schedule of courses, as well as descriptions for each.


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Career Outlook

Graduates have obtained jobs as: Independent Farmer, Independent Landscaper, Farm Technician, Farm Manager, Landscape Maintenance Technician, Landscape Maintenance Foreman, Landscape Maintenance Manager, Nursery Manager, National Park Ranger, Resource Management Technician, Retail specialist.