Agriculture is big business contributing $38.8 billion to Tennessee’s annual economy with excellent and diverse career opportunities.  Almost one in five jobs in the United States is related to the food and agriculture industry.  More than 91,000 working farms in Tennessee produce a wide variety of agricultural commodities and livestock according to the USDA National Agricultural Service.  These numbers translate to a strong demand and exciting career possibilities for individuals who possess the business and economic skills required to be a leader in agriculture or agribusiness related fields.  Cleveland State offers the following:


Associate of Science in Agriculture or Agribusiness (TTP-Tennessee Transfer Pathway)

Students can complete general education requirements as well as a strong foundation in the sciences in preparation for further progression toward a four year degree in Agriculture.

Students are prepared with a fundamental knowledge of the agriculture industry and practical agriculture management in areas of plant science, animal science, economics, agribusiness and technical skills. Students will complete their general education requirements, as well as a strong foundation in the sciences, in preparation for continuing to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree.


Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business, Agribusiness Concentration

Students will get a strong, big-picture sense of how business works, learn the ins and outs of agricultural practices and discover how the two work together. The opportunity to participate in internships during the program enhances the knowledge gained and the experience in the classroom.  This A.A.S. degree is not specifically intended for transfer as the A.S. Degree is designed but is an option for a student wishing to enter the workforce in agricultural production, farm management, or sales immediately upon completion of the two year degree.

Agribusiness Certificate

The Agribusiness Certificate is designed to prepare students with a fundamental knowledge of the agriculture industry and practical agriculture management. This certificate is embedded in the A.A.S. Degree in Business, Agribusiness Concentration.  For students who wish to continue toward completion of the A.A.S. degree, all courses taken in this certificate will apply.

For more information, contact:

Athens Center

Cleveland State Community College

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