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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Because agriculture is California’s most important economic industry, California is often called the breadbasket of the world. If you love nature, animals, or growing things, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Sector may hold a great career for you.

A strong demand exists for well-trained, environmentally-sensitive individuals to provide the state, nation, and world with food, fiber, and a healthy environment. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Industry Sector provides a foundation for agriculture students in California. This sector emphasizes real-world, occupationally-relevant experiences. Classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience, projects, leadership, and interpersonal skill development activities prepare students for advanced training, higher education, and entry to a career.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC


Love scientific research or clinical testing? Here you’ll learn how plant cells and DNA can be used to clean up the environment, fight disease, improve food production and make manufacturing more efficient and profitable.


  • Biotechnology 


  • A.S. Biotechnology 

Learn more about Biotechnology

Horticulture & Landscape Design

If you love working with plants or designing landscapes, this program has it all! Learn everything from plant identification to soils and pest management. You can grow edible and ornamental plants in our green houses, out in the nursery, arboretum, or vineyard.


  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Design Technology


  • A.S. Horticulture 
  • A.S. Landscape Design Tech 

Learn more about Horticulture

Natural Resources

With increased awareness of conservation and sustainability, learning about plants, animals or ecological systems can help you to work in a variety of areas including non-profit, government, and private industries.


  • Environmental Conservation 


  • A.S. Environmental Conservation 

Learn more about Natural Resources

Start your application

Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

(916) 484-8011