Viticulture: AS Degree

The programs of the Viticulture and Winery Technology department are designed to prepare students for careers in the North Coast wine industry. The one-year Certificate and two-year Associate of Science options provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success. The Certificate in Viticulture and Winery Technology consists of production-oriented courses in viticulture and winemaking. The Certificate in Wine Marketing and Sales is a mix of viticulture, winemaking and business courses. Certificate programs may be modified to meet the career goals of the individual student. The typical student will be able to earn a Certificate in one to two years. Students who complete the Associate of Science in Viticulture and Winery Technology degree specialize in either Viticulture, Winemaking or Wine Marketing and Sales. The Associate of Science degree includes general education courses, basic science courses and core courses in the degree option. The typical student will be able to earn an Associate of Science degree in two to three years.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. (Viticulture) – Demonstrate an advanced understanding of viticulture including operations, physiology, vineyard management, soils, and integrated pest management.
  2. (Professionalism) – Display a basic range of professional habits and skills to meet standards of the wine industry.
Degree Requirements
Required Courses
VWT-130General Viticulture3
VWT-132Vineyard Soils, Fertilizers & Irrigation3
VWT-180Fundamentals of Enology3
VWT-230Fall Viticulture Operations3
VWT-231Spring Viticulture Operations3
VWT-232Vineyard Management3
VWT-233Advanced Viticulture3
VWT-234Integrated Pest Control for Grapes3
VWT-190Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 12
or VWT-191 Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 2
VWT-290Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 33
or VWT-291 Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 4
BIOL-110Survey of Biology4
or BIOL-120 General Biology
CHEM-110Introduction to Chemistry4
or EART-110 Earth Science
Total Units37
Notes:
  1. All required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Consultation with Program Coordinator is required.
  2. ​Transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution: Students are encouraged to coordinate their courses with those required by the four-year institution of choice, and to closely consult with a Napa Valley College counselor and the Program Coordinator.

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

The following is a suggested course sequence and does not replace an educational plan created with you and your counselor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallUnits
VWT-130 General Viticulture 3
VWT-230 Fall Viticulture Operations 3
BIOL-110
Survey of Biology
or General Biology
4
NVC GE Area D2: Mathematics 3-5
 Units13-15
Spring
VWT-132 Vineyard Soils, Fertilizers & Irrigation 3
VWT-231 Spring Viticulture Operations 3
VWT-232 Vineyard Management 3
CHEM-110
Introduction to Chemistry
or Earth Science
4
NVC GE Area D1: English Composition 3-4
 Units16-17
Second Year
Fall
VWT-180 Fundamentals of Enology 3
VWT-234 Integrated Pest Control for Grapes 3
VWT-190
Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 1
or Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 2
2
NVC GE Area B: Social and Behavioral Science 3
NVC GE Area C: Humanities 3
 Units14
Spring
VWT-233 Advanced Viticulture 3
VWT-290
Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 3
or Viticulture & Winery Technology WOEX 4
3
NVC GE Area E: Multicultural/Gender Studies 3
Graduation Requirement: Physical Education/Health 3
 Units12
 Total Units55-58