Degrees & Certificates
Associate in Science
About the Program
The program options in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Program are designed to prepare students for careers in the wine industry. VWT students may enter the program at the level most suited to their needs and take as few or as many courses as they need to meet their objectives. There are both Certificates and Associate of Science Degrees available to provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success. Students are also able to pursue their studies in either of two tracks: Viticulture (grape growing) or Enology (wine making) by taking a series of production-oriented courses. Students may also elect to complete an Associate of Science degree in either Viticulture or Enology.
About the Degree
The Associate of Science in Enology degree prepares students for either entry-level employment or further study in the field of Enology, or wine-making. The Enology A.S. includes courses in viticulture and winery technology, science, and general education courses. Students will gain both theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience on state-of-the-art winery equipment.
There are more than 4,700 bonded wineries in California. From established wineries to new ventures, well-trained winery personnel are needed in many positions. Career opportunities related to enology include: winemaker, assistant winemaker, wine analysis lab technician, oenologist, winery supervisor, quality control, production manager, tasting room director, wine sales, wine service, wine hospitality, grape/juice buyer, equipment supplier, wine label design and packaging.
- Upon completion of the AS in Enology, students are able to apply general chemistry principles, wine microbiology fundamentals, and laboratory techniques to produce sound wines.
- Upon completion of the AS in Enology, students are able to safely start-up, operate, and shutdown winery equipment; and effectively utilize the equipment during the winemaking process.
- Upon completion of the AS in Enology, students are able to perform an accurate wine assessment utilizing acquired organoleptic skills.
- Upon completion of the AS in Enology, students are able to perform wine analysis methods
including laboratory/quality control test during harvest, fermentations, cellaring,
and prior to bottling.
|CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I||5|
|VWT 10 Introduction to Viticulture||3|
|VWT 20 Introduction to Enology||3|
|VWT 21 Applied Enology||3|
|VWT 25 Sensory Analysis of Wines||3|
|VWT 23 Fundamentals of Wine Science||3|
|VWT 41 Fall Winery Operations||3|
|VWT 42 Spring Winery Operations||3|
|WRKX 94 Occupational Work Experience/Internship||2|
|VWT 1 World Wines: New World||3|
|VWT 2 World Wines: Old World||3|
|VWT 47 Wine Regions/Wines of California||3|
|CHEM 31 Introduction to College Chemistry||4|
ᅀRequired if a student uses the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree
|Total Units in the Major||31|
The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022