Agriculture

Food production in the U.S. is undergoing vast changes. At the same time global markets are opening up to American agricultural products. With increasing diversity in the American population and with greater emphasis on health and nutrition, consumers are making new demands on agriculture. Furthermore, government policies continue to change and evolve. Regardless of whether you’re interested in agricultural production, marketing and merchandising, research and development, or public policy, there’s a place for you in agriculture.

Career Opportunities

The Associate Degree at ICC provides you with a strong foundation for you as you continue your studies. When you transfer to a four-year school, you will have opportunities to specialize in a wide variety of agricultural fields including:

  • Agricultural scientist, engineer, technician, inspector, geneticist
  • Commodity broker, financial analyst, appraiser, grants manager, economist
  • Marketing, merchandising, sales representative
  • Communications, teacher, public relations, journalist, broadcaster
  • Consumer counselor, naturalist, conservation officer, community development specialist
  • Farm manager, forest resources manager, feedlot manager, viticulturist, aquaculturist

Talk to your advisor about your career goals and how to achieve them.

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Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

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
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 
or
3
COMM 212 PUBLIC SPEAKING  3
ECON 110 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 6
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE * 3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 3 to 4
FINE ARTS * 3
HUMANITIES * 3
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
AGBUS 110 INTRODUCTORY ECONOMICS OF FOOD, FIBER, AND NATURAL RESOURCES  3
AGBUS 115 COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE  3
AGMEC 110 INTRODUCTORY AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION  3
AGRI 110 PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL SCIENCE  4
AGRI 200 INTRODUCTORY SOIL SCIENCE  4
AGRI 204 INTRODUCTORY CROP SCIENCE  4

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVE ** 3 to 4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree and seek the assistance of an advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.
** Electives should be chosen with the help of an advisor.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements in addition to requirements for the institution to which transfer is intended.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; Life Science; AGRI 110; ECON 110; Mathematics
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; Physical Science; AGBUS 110; AGMEC 110
Fall Semester 2AGRI 204; Social Science; COMM 110 or COMM 212, Humanities; Fine Arts
Spring Semester 2AGRI 200; AGBUS 115; Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, Elective

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
Agricultural Program

East Peoria Campus, AIT Building, Room 209
Telephone: (309) 694-5171

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training

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