Viticulture, B.S.


Department of Viticulture and Enology

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements Viticulture Major

1. Major requirements (66 units)
BIOL 161 or PLANT 100, CHEM 8 or CHEM 3B, CHEM 150 or ENOL 168, ENOL 15, MEAG 3 or MEAG 20 or MEAG 120, PLANT 99 or VIT 100, PLANT 101, PLANT 160, PLANT 162 or BIOL 132, PLANT 172, VIT 15, VIT 101, VIT 102, VIT 103, VIT 106, VIT 160, VIT 165, VIT 166, VIT 194i (4 units), VIT 199 (1 unit)

Select 8 units in consultation with faculty advisor from the following courses: BIOL 125, ENOL 45, ENOL 163, ENO 170, ENOL 175, IT 109, IT 118, IT 186, PLANT 110W, PLANT 161, PLANT 163, PLANT 164, PLANT 165, PLANT 168, PLANT 172L, SPAN 1A,VIT 167, VIT 168, VIT 190, VIT 196

Additional requirements (13 units)
AGBS 1, BIOL 11, CHEM 3A, and MATH 11

2. General Education requirements (48 units)
12 units in additional requirements count towards G.E. requirements.
CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 11 (Area B2); MATH 11 (Area B4);  AGBS 1 (Area D2)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Viticulture majors are exempt from the MI requirements. 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. During the Add/Drop period of their first semester, students are required to attend a department undergraduate orientation session. Alternatively, they are required to meet with the department chair. In either case, they will be assisted in selecting an appropriate faculty advisor.
  2. Students meet with their academic advisors prior to registration each fall semester.
  3. General Education courses designated as required by the department are prerequisites to many courses in the program of study.
  4. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major except for VIT 194i.
  5. Upper-division G.E. courses (i.e., 100-level course) should not be attempted prior to the semester in which 60 units toward the degree have been completed.
  6. The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by taking a 3- to 4-unit W course (e.g., PLANT 110W) and pass a grade of C or higher.
  7. Viticulture students are encouraged to become certified crop scientists/specialists and pest control advisors (PCAs). Students should consult their faculty advisor for additional requirements for certification.
  8. All courses listed under the major and additional requirements require a grade of C or better.


In their fields of specialization, faculty members hold advanced degrees from leading universities. They bring a wealth of basic and practical information into the classroom.  Faculty work with each student to plan and design an individualized program of study that meets the student’s educational and career objectives.  Faculty members are involved in research and public service through the Viticulture and Enology Research Center. The center offers excellent opportunities for students to gain experience by participating in applied research projects that address and help solve problems faced by California’s grape and wine industries.

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B.S. in Viticulture

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Checking out the vineyard grapes

Viticulture: The Study of Growing Grapes

Enology: The Study of Winemaking

Classes in viticulture and enology are designed to help students incorporate the basic sciences into the production of grapes and wines with numerous opportunities for "hands-on" learning experiences. We have the only university teaching facilities in the world that combines 120 acres of table, raisin, and wine grape vineyards, a commercial 10,000 case winery, and a processing facility suitable for small-scale raisin production. 

This unique combination of academics and facilities has provided the training ground for numerous award-winning viticulturists and winemakers.

What You Can Do

Graduates from this program can develop successful careers in grape and wine production as well as industries that provide support to grape and wine producers.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Production and Marketing of Table Grapes
  • Winery Management
  • Regulations: Wine and Brandy
  • Analytical Methods for Wine

What You Can Learn

  • Strategies for producing high-quality, high-yielding grapes
  • Winemaking
  • Wine evaluation techniques (chemical and sensory)
  • Raisin production-
  • Winery Business and Marketing

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Contact Information

Department of Viticulture and Enology
Viticulture and Enology Research Center
2360 E. Barstow Avenue M/S VR89 Phone: (559) 278-2089
Fax: (559) 278-4795