Two-Year Degree Programs: Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture

Whether you are a newly graduated high school student, someone looking to change careers, further your education, or simply start a degree at your own pace, UConn’s 2-Year Programs might be a right fit for you. For those interested in topics surrounding agriculture, biology, and sustainability, the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture offers Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs for students at any point in their career path. 

Majors such as Plant Science, Animal Science, and Urban Forestry and Arboriculture are available for students to choose from, as well as several different concentrations. 

Majors and Concentrations 

Animal Science

Equine Studies: As one of the oldest and most recognized equine programs in the northeast, courses in this concentration will provide a balance of theoretical and practical instruction in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, breeding and reproduction, behavior, and management.

Dairy/Livestock Management: This program will concentrate on the influence of genetics, physiology, nutrition, and health on the economic production of animals. You will also get to work with animals directly! 

Plant Science

Ornamental Horticulture: This concentration will prepare students for employment, management, or entrepreneurial positions in florist, garden center, landscaping, greenhouse and nursery operations or related businesses. 

Turfgrass Management: Students will be prepared for employment in residential and commercial landscaping, golf courses, athletic and recreational fields, and parks and recreational land management. 

Sustainable Crop Production: This program will prepare students for employment, management, or entrepreneurial positions. 

Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

This major will prepare students for employment, management, or entrepreneurial positions in arboriculture, urban, and community forestry careers. 

For more information about Ratcliffe Hicks’ 2-Year AAS programs visit to learn more about the majors offered and how you can apply.

By Samantha Valle
Samantha Valle