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Regional College
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture provides students with the foundational scientific and mathematical knowledge, practical experiences and technological skills of the cultivation of grapes for winemaking. This program emphasizes hands-on experiences and internships at local vineyards and wineries.

Upon completion of the degree program, students will:

  • Identify and safely use planting, cultivating, spraying and harvesting equipment found in a vineyard.
  • Identify the various parts of a grapevine and describe the sequential growth cycle of grapevines.
  • Properly prune grapevines, including calculations regarding the appropriate balanced bud formula.
  • Identify and treat major pest, weed and fungus infestations in a vineyard, including preventative treatments.
  • Perform random sample on vines to predict crop yield and maintain vine balance.
  • Collect fruit samples and perform lab analyses regarding harvest parameters.
  • Make decisions regarding vineyard management practices, including planting, pruning, harvest and winterization.
Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are qualified for entry into positions in the commercial winemaking industry as a viticulturist or vineyard manager.

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 65 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Describe planting and managing a vineyard from planning st\ages through the first and into the 10th harvest.

Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (23 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title
  VIN 10500 Molecular Principles in Grape and Wine 4
    11100 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment 3
    11392 Winter Viticulture Practicum 2
    11492 Spring Viticulture Practicum 2
    11592 Summer/Fall Viticulture Practicum 2
    14600 Introduction to Enology 3
    21100 Integrated Pest Management 2
    21300 Regional Vineyard Management 2
    29300 Soils for Viticulture 3
Type Course Title Credits
  BMRT 21020  Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
    16001 Horticultural Botany 3
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems 3
  GEOG 31080 Geography of Wine 3
  VIN Electives (Enology courses) 7-9
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences 3
  General Electives (number of hours depends on meeting minimum 65 credits) 6