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Department of Viticulture and Enology
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Additional requirements (2 units)
Viticulture majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 12 units of the 51-unit G.E. requirement, plus 1 unit beyond the 30-unit requirement in BREADTH Area B1 and Area C2.
BREADTH: CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 11 (Area B2); AGBS 1 (Area D3); and SPAN 1B (Area C2)
General Education requirements (51 units)
(Including 12 upper-division units, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed.)
Upper-division writing skills requirement (0 units)
Upper-division Writing Exam (See Advising Note 6.)
Total units (120 units)*
* This total assumes that students will maximize the 12 units required for the major that also may be applied to fulfill General Education requirements as indicated above.
General Education requirements (51 units)
15 of these G.E. units are included in the additional requirements. These courses are 3 units of CHEM 1A [B1]; AGBS 1 [B2]; DS 71 [B4]; AGBS 1 [D3]; and PLANT 105 [IB]. Therefore, 36 remaining General Education units are required.
Upper-division writing skills requirement (1 unit)
Upper-division Writing Exam (See Advising Note 6.)
Total units (124 units)*
* This total assumes that students will maximize the 15 units required for the major that also may be applied to fulfill General Education requirements as indicated above.
- 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 adviser.
- Students meet with their academic advisers prior to registration each fall semester.
- General Education courses designated as required by the department are prerequisites to many courses in the program of study. The General Education requirement of 51 units may be exceeded depending upon your selection of courses.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major.
- 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.
- If the upper-division writing skills requirement is not met by passing the university Upper-Division Writing Examination (0 units), then a 3- to 4-unit W course (e.g., PLANT 110W or ENGL 160W) must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
- One semester prior to graduation, contact your academic adviser to prepare and file an official certification of major requirements form. Your application for graduation cannot be processed by the Evaluations Office until this form has been submitted.
- Viticulture students are encouraged to become certified crop scientists/specialists and should consult their faculty adviser for additional requirements for certification.
- All courses listed under the major and additional requirements require a grade of C or better.
The Department of Viticulture and Enology offers a Certificate of Special Study in Enology. Normally, students admitted to this certificate program will have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field. This program is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in winemaking. The certificate program emphasizes coursework in enology and viticulture, with requirements in other supporting sciences. Before enrolling in this certificate program, students must meet with an adviser in the Department of Viticulture and Enology to ensure that prerequisites have been met and to plan for their course of study.
The program consists of a minimum of 31 units in enology. If students have completed courses that qualify as part of the 31 units in enology, substitutions shall be made in consultation with an adviser to meet the 31-unit requirement. The Certificate of Special Study in Enology has additional requirements totaling up to 50 units that may be satisfied by previously completed coursework. Each student will meet with the certificate adviser to determine whether these requirements have been met by proper coursework or extensive experience in the field.
- Normally, a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the sciences or a related field
- One or more years of experience in the wine industry
- Strong background in chemistry, microbiology, or food science
- Academic training and experience in viticulture and soils
Students who have completed all of the prerequisites and additional requirements could possibly complete this course of study in a single year. Other students may take longer. The time limit for completing this certificate program is five years.
The Certificate of Special Study in Sustainable Viticulture is specially designed for those students interested in pursuing a career in sustainable viticultural practices. Students who are admitted to the certificate program must have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or the equivalent international degree.
The program consists of 30 units which may be taken from upper-division (100- 199) and/or professional courses (300-399). Courses approved for the Certificate of Special Study in Sustainable Viticulture are listed below.
- Courses taken at California State University, Fresno (or another accredited university) used to fulfill the requirements of a degree program cannot be used to meet the requirements for the certificate program.
- Courses taken at other universities will be reviewed by the faculty in the Department of Viticulture and Enology to determine equivalence.
- Students are required to work with an adviser to develop a plan for courses to be used to meet the certificate requirements. Course plans must be approved prior to enrollment in courses used to meet certificate requirements.
- Students who have not taken the approved courses in viticulture and/or enology (see Approved Courses) to meet the requirements for a previous degree/certificate must take those courses as electives in the Certificate of Special Study in Sustainable Viticulture program.
- Students who have taken the approved courses in viticulture and/or enology (see Approved Courses) to meet the requirements for a previous degree/certificate may select electives from other approved courses in consultation with an adviser.
- Several of the courses approved for the certificate program have prerequisites not included on the approved course list. Students are required to complete all prerequisites prior to enrolling in courses used for the certificate program.
Program Requirements. All courses listed under the certificate program require a grade of C or better.
1. Social responsibility as applied to agriculture (such as PLANT 105) - 3 units
2. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation (such as MATH 107*) - 3 units
3. Public policy and regulations (such as AGBS 150* or 155*) - 3 units
Approved Electives 21 units (minimum)
Selected from the list of Approved Courses (see below) in consultation with an adviser.
Total units 30 units (minimum)
* Course has prerequisites; see General Catalog.
The Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology is a 30-unit program designed to provide advanced studies and in-depth knowledge in the fundamentals of plant physiology, microbiology, and grape and wine chemistry, as well as technical writing and formal presentation of research reports.
Full-time graduate students may earn the degree within two years when working closely with an adviser. To accommodate part-time students, graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon or evenings.
Admission Requirements. The Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology assumes preparation equivalent to a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and/or Enology, Agricultural Chemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Plant Science, or a related area from an accredited institution. The following courses or equivalents are expected to be completed prior to enrollment in courses to be applied to the master's program: BIOL 11, 161; CHEM 8, 150; ENOL 116, 125, 166; PLTH 103, 105, 106; SW 2, 100; VIT 101, 102.
Admission Materials. To be considered for admission to the graduate program, the candidate must submit the following materials: evidence of a baccalaureate degree in agricultural chemistry, enology, food science, nutrition, plant science, viticulture, or a related area from an accredited institution; official transcripts of all college work; official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); a university application; three letters of reference from employers or faculty at the university most recently attended; and a statement of 500 words or less indicating reasons for pursuing a master's degree.
Admission Application Filing Periods
Check http://www.fresnostate.edu/catoffice/current/admssns.html or call the Graduate Admissions Office at 559.278.2261.
Enrollment Packet Submission Deadlines
Incomplete packets of materials will be returned to students for resubmission the following semester. Required application materials are available in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, VR 89, 559.278.2089, fax 559.278.4795. The department Web site is http://cast.fresnostate.edu/ve.
Admission Criteria: Candidates for admissions will be evaluated using criteria including undergraduate coursework, grade point average of 3.0 or better (last 60 semester units), GRE scores (480V/580Q are equivalent to the 50th percentile), 500-word or less statement of professional goals, and letters of reference. Students lacking in any area with compensating strengths in other areas are encouraged to apply. Admission by the university does not imply acceptance in the Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology program. Applicants whose preparatory education was in a language other than English must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550 and a minimum score of 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
Classified standing will be grated to students who meet all of the admission criteria.
Conditional classified standing may be granted to applicants with 2.75 to 2.99 GPA (last 60 semester units) and/or those required to complete prerequisite coursework. Prerequisite coursework is not included in the 30-unit master's program. Students must request classified standing in the program by the semester in which a maximum of 10 units to be used toward the degree are completed.
Program Requirements for M.S. in Viticulture and Enology
All students must complete a 14-unit common core. Students must also complete 12 units of approved electives and a 4-unit thesis (culminating experience) in consultation with a thesis adviser.
Culminating Experience (4 units)
Total minimum requirements (30 units)
*Development of VEN electives in progress.
Graduate Advising Notes
- Several of the approved elective courses have prerequisites other than courses listed as admission requirements.
- To obtain the required school application form and more specific information concerning the Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology, interested students should call or write the department office. Upon acceptance into the Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology program, students should obtain the Graduate Student Handbook from the department office.
- Upon acceptance into the Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology program, students will be assigned an initial faculty adviser by the department chair. Students may subsequently select a faculty adviser upon obtaining his/her approval and notifying the department office of that selection.
- Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser.
- To progress through the graduate program, students must (a.) maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, (b.) complete all prerequisite coursework, (c.) attain classified standing, (d.) meet university graduate writing requirement, (e.) pass the department qualifying examination, (f.) file for advancement to candidacy, (g.) complete the program requirements, (h.) file a master's thesis committee assignment form, (i.) and satisfactorily present and defend the thesis research results.
- All students must successfully complete the department qualifying examination before being advanced to candidacy. The exam should be taken as soon as possible after completing AGRI 200, 220, and PLANT 257. Information on the department preliminary examination is included in the Graduate Student Handbook.
- Advancement to candidacy requires the completion of 9 program units in residence, meeting the university graduate writing requirement, passing the Viticulture and Enology Department qualifying exam, and filing a Petition for Advancement to Candidacy a minimum of one semester prior to enrollment in thesis and within the deadline.
- The Graduate Writing Requirement may be met by passing the writing component of AGRI 220. Please see the program coordinator for more information.
See Division of Graduate Studies in this catalog for university requirements.