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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.

Career Opportunities

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

Admission Requirements

All seven of Kent State’s regional campuses are accessible to students who hold a high school diploma or GED. Admission decisions are based on cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Check with the Regional Campus Admissions Offices to determine application requirements, as they may differ among campuses.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 60 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 overall and major GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

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