Agricultural Business Management – Animal Sciences

Animal Judging_smAnimal production involves raising livestock like cattle, sheep, and hogs, as well as operating dairy farms, poultry and egg farms, and specialty farms like goat farms, fish farms, and even llama ranches.

Animal production is fun and rewarding but requires a year-round commitment. Modern technology has altered the way work is done on animal farms today, but animals still must receive personal attention and care. Animal producers need to be knowledgeable, not just about breeding, feeding, housing, and animal health, but also about local, state, and national laws regarding the environment, nutrient management, and animal welfare. Today’s animal caretaker must be technologically savvy, adaptable to change, and possess superior managerial skills.

If you enjoy working with animals and producing high quality meat and animal products for the discerning customer, this career may be for you. This rapidly evolving industry will challenge you to be a life-long learner as you keep current with new technologies, government standards, and consumer demands.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, you may find employment as:

  • Beef cattle farmer
  • Dairy farmer
  • Hog farmer
  • Animal specialty farmer
  • Herdsman
  • Feed sales
  • Ranch employee
  • Seedstock supplier
  • Marketing advisor
  • Agriculture industry technician

Advisors and Faculty

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 62

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
COMMUNICATION ** 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
AGRI 201 CROP PRODUCTION  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AGBUS 111 ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 112 AGRICULTURAL SALES  2
AGBUS 115 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE  3
AGBUS 200 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I  4
AGBUS 211 AGRICULTURE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT  3
AGBUS 212 MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS  3
AGBUS 214 OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II  4
AGMEC 117 PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS  3
AGRI 111 APPLIED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION I  3
AGRI 113 PRINCIPLES OF SOIL FERTILITY  3
AGRI 114 APPLIED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION II  3
AGRI 203 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT  4

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVES *** 5

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** COMM 110 or 3 additional hours in composition courses numbered 111 or above, such as ENGL 111, 116, or 125.
*** Select electives in consultation with academic advisor. Select 5 hours from, but not limited to: AGBUS 255; AGRI 112, 118, 121, 133, 134, 221, 233, or 234.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule that meets Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

Select electives in consultation with academic advisor. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; AGBUS 111; Mathematics; Social Science; Elective
Spring Semester 1AGRI 111; AGRI 113; AGMEC 117; Communication; Humanities
Summer SemesterAGRI 201; AGRI 203
Fall Semester 2AGBUS 112; AGBUS 115; AGBUS 200; Elective
Spring Semester 2AGRI 114; AGBUS 211; AGBUS 212; AGBUS 214

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-5171

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Animal Systems

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