Biomass Cultivation – AS

SFSC’s bioenergy programs provide a foundation of introductory courses to environmental sciences and renewable energy. With a rising interest in green chemistry, sustainability, and escalating oil prices, the bioenergy industry is rapidly expanding. Many companies have an increasing need for individuals with advanced, multidisciplinary skills in bioprocessing and bio-based materials.

Students in the bioenergy program complete an industry internship with firms such as biogas generation plants, research facilities, and municipalities.  Practicum placements and internships are a key component of the program allowing our students to graduate with state of the art technical skills and a solid work experience in their field.

Students who earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree in bioenergy have a broad understanding of biomass-generated energy and the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to begin thir bioenergy careers. After completion of the program, you are ready to enter the job market or continue your education in a baccalaureate program at a state university or independent college.

The AS degree program in Biomass Cultivation prepares you to work in an agriculture operation where biomass crops are grown, harvested, and shipped to a biofuels production facility for processing into biofuels. The curriculum will emphasize an understanding of biofuels, plant science, crop production, pest management, environmental management, equipment management, employability and human relations skills, marketing, and business management.

Jobs in this sector include:

  • Grower
  • Foreperson or manager
  • Agriculture equipment operator
  • Harvest supervisor
  • Biofuels technology

Program Plan – four semesters, 60 credit hours

First Year: Fall Term
ENC 1101
Freshman English I
MAC 1105
College Algebra
ETP 1511
Introduction to Biofuels
AOM 1310
Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
SLS 1106
First-Year Experience Seminar
Social Sciences Elective
First Year: Spring Term
ENC 2210
Technical Writing
FNR 1060
Environmental Science and Policy
CHM 1025C
Introduction to General Chemistry
Soils and Fertilization
Humanities Elective
Second Year: Fall Term
BOT 2000
Introduction to Botany
AGR 2643
Biomass Feedstock Crop Production
PMA 2230
Pest Management for Biomass Feedstock
MAN 2021
Principles of Management
Second Year: Spring Term
AGR 2645C
Biomass Feedstock Analysis and Quality Control
AEB 2102
Principles of Agri-Business Management
AGR 2940
Biomass Cultivation Internship
CET 2114C
Digital Electronics I