Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture

What type of work would I do if I studied Viticulture?

Viticulture is the science of growing and cultivating grapes. Those who study viticulture learn the skills needed to own and operate a vineyard or to work at a commercial vineyard.

What type of degree would I earn at Missouri State University-West Plains?

Students will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture degree. Topics of study include current practices for establishing a commercial vineyard while maintaining its health and productivity. Classroom and practical field experiences focus on providing the underlying principles of managing a vineyard through each seasonal change in order to develop an understanding of current best practices. Students also can choose to complete a certificate program in viticulture. While the associate’s degree combines practical experience with general education courses, the certificate program focuses on just the practical experience required for viticulture careers.

Why should I major in Viticulture?

The viticulture and enology (winemaking) industries continue to grow and thrive in the U.S. According to the WineAmerica website (, the U.S. grape crop has more than tripled in 21 years from $955 million in 1985 to almost $3.5 billion in 2006. Winegrape production has increased far faster than the overall grape crop and now represents almost two thirds of the total crop. Grapes are the highest value crop in the nation and the sixth largest crop overall, and grapes produced in agricultural areas for wine and juice now make up 67% of the entire national crop, according to WineAmerica’s website.

What salary can I expect to earn with this degree?

Faculty within this degree program estimate that, in the private sector, a vineyard manager who oversees 100 acres of grapes in the Midwest can expect to start at $35,000. Experience and incentives would add to that salary.

Viticulture (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture is designed to prepare students for a career in horticulture and grape growing. This academic guide is based on the 2021-2022 Missouri State University–West Plains Catalog. The time to complete the degree will vary, depending on the degree option taken, remediation, summer enrollment, number of classes taken per semester, etc.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
BIO 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry 1
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Algebra or higher (except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization) 3
Physics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • PHY 100 Survey of Physics with Laboratory  OR
  • VIN 106 Physics for the Wine Industry
Civics: Select three (3) credit hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877  OR
  • HST 122 US History Since 1877  OR
  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship
Communications / Writing II: Select six (6) credit hours
  • COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
  • MGT 286 Business Communications
General Education Total 27
Agriculture Business Requirements Credit Hours
AGR 112 Introduction to Agricultural Business 3
QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics 3
Agriculture Business Total 6
Viticulture Requirements Credit Hours
VIN 111 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment 3
VIN 112 Botanical Viticulture 4
VIN 211 Integrated Pest Management 2
VIN 212 Winter Viticulture Technology 2
VIN 213 Regional Vineyard Management 2
VIN 214 Spring Viticulture Technology 2
VIN 215 Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology 2
VIN 293 Soils for Viticulture 3
Chemistry: Select VIN 105, or CHM 116 and CHM 117
  • VIN 105 Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine OR
  • CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry AND
  • CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
Enology Elective: Select three (3) credit hours
Viticulture Totals 27
Viticulture (AAS) Degree Credit Hours
Total Hours Required 60

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor degrees