Viticulture (Grape Growing)


Applied Science & Technology Division

The Viticulture program contains courses designed to cover the requisite agricultural, science, math and practical skills necessary to enter the grape-growing industry as an entrepreneur or skilled worker. The program also offers professional training for those already working in the industry. Viticulture students will receive the information and training required to establish and maintain a commercial vineyard in the Midwest, as well as focus on specific topics such as varietal selection, training, pruning, soil preparation and pest management. Students also will have realistic, hands-on field experiences at area vineyards which will focus on the principles and best practices of maintaining a vineyard through seasonal changes. Most of the viticulture and enology core courses are delivered online through VESTA. Interested individuals should become familiar with VESTA by visiting the website at

Total Hours: 67

First Semester
Credit Hours
BOT 1101 General Botany 5.00
ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Compostion I1 3.00
HEA 1101 Health Education 2.00
MATH 1107 Contemporary College Mathematics1 3.00
VIT 1201 Introduction to Viticulture 3.00
Second Semester
CHE 1101 General Chemistry I 5.00
COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking 3.00
VIT 1203 Winter Viticulture Technology 2.00
VIT 1204 Spring Viticulture Technology 2.00
VIT 1209 Soils for Viticulture or AGRI 1161 Soil Science (5) 3.00
Third Semester
VIT 1205 Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology 2.00
Fourth Semester
BIO 1100 Biology for Non-Majors 4.00
HORT 1201 Introduction to Horticulture 3.00
PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 3.00
VIT 1207 Integrated Pest Management or HORT 1213 Pest Management (3) 2.00
VIT 1208 Midwest Vineyard Management 2.00
Elective - General Education 3.00
Fifth Semester
ENO 1201 Introduction to Enology2 3.00
HORT 1214 Horticulture Mechanics or AGRI 1215 Small Engines 3.00
HORT 1219 Specialty Crop Production 2.00
Agriculture Elective 3.00
General Education Elective 3.00
Horticulture Elective 3.00
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on results of COMPASS, ASSET, ACT or SAT scores.
2 Must be 21 years old to enroll.