Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture


The Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture (PBS) Academic Subject Certificate is designed to provide students with education and training in horticulture, propagation/micropropagation, agriculture, pest management, and crop improvement.

Program Admission Requirements

Kaua‘i Community College has an open door policy so that once students are admitted to the College they can designate themselves as Liberal Arts students and be in the program.

Graduation Requirements

To meet graduation requirements, all programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in Standard American English, and interpret, and/or express themselves in, some other form of communication at a basic level, whether from knowledge of second language or through artistic or symbolic expression.
  2. Make and express critical judgments about issues and ideas after accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant information, using technology where appropriate; use creative and critical thinking skills to weigh the relative merits of opposing positions; and apply knowledge of formal systems of reasoning and logical fallacies in arriving at informed opinions.
  3. Apply quantitative methods appropriately; analyze real-life situations using numeric, graphical, and symbolic models, and verbally explain these models; and recognize the impact of mathematics on the sciences, society, and everyday life.
  4. Analyze the behavior of people from psychological, sociological, philosophical, and anthropological perspectives, and knowledgeably consider the social, political, and economic implications of human interactions in order to make informed personal and social choices.
  5. Support opinions and make decisions based upon a scientific understanding of the physical and natural world, and appropriately apply the scientific method to test ideas, measure and evaluate results, develop models, solve problems, and generate new ideas.
  6. Demonstrate a sympathetic awareness of the values and beliefs of their own and other cultures; explain the historical dimensions of contemporary affairs and issues; analyze the interactive roles that social, religious, artistic, political, economic, scientific, and technological forces play in society; and engage responsibly in their roles as citizens with issues affecting themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.
  7. Demonstrate an aesthetic appreciation of creative and original expression and, making use of natural gifts, acquired knowledge, and the intense discipline of art, engage in creative activities which enrich their quality of life.
  8. Make informed decisions based on an understanding of the qualities of a healthful lifestyle, explain the connection between a healthy body and a thoughtful mind, perform group activities cooperatively, and engage in healthful physical activity.


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Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture Academic Subject Certificate, 24-25 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • AG 102 (1 credits)
  • BOT 101 or SCI 121 (3 credits)
  • BOT 101L or SCI 121L (1 credits)
  • Diversification (DP): Any DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DY): Any DY course (1 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • AG 141 (3 credits)
  • AG 200 (3 credits)
  • AG 200L (1 credits)
  • AG 293V (2-3 credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • AG 264 (3 credits)
  • AG 271 (3 credits)

Total credits 24-25

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