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
General Education Core Requirements Credit Hours
AGR 157 Principles of Agricultural Mechanization 3
BIO 101 Biology in Your World 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 103 Intermediate Algebra or higher
(except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics 3
VIN 106* Physics for the Wine Industry 3
Select two of the following:
  • COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
  • MGT 286 Business Communication
General Education Core Total 33
Viticulture Core Requirements Credit Hours
VIN 105** Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine 4
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
Enology Elective 3
Viticulture Core Totals 27
Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Total Hours 60
† Note: Total hours revised from 58 to 60 to correct data entry error. 2017/11/06
* Note: PHY 100 Survey of Physics with Laboratory may be substituted for VIN 106.
** Note: CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry and CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab may be substituted for VIN 105.

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’s degrees