Agriculture Production-Beef Production Certificate

Last updated 5/18/2015

Certificate Code 9543

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Andrew Larson, 309-854-1830,
; Recruiter, 309-854-1724

Three certificate programs are offered in Agriculture Production. A student with a career interest in beef cattle and swine production may consider one of the following programs. Additional courses may be taken while completing the requirements for a certificate program. Elective coursework beyond the 12-hour certificate requirements available. Elective courses include: AG 141, AG 190 and HORT 191.

Agriculture Production-Beef Production Certificate
Certificate Code 9543
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 141 — Animal Science (4)

Second Semester
AG 245 — Beef Science (3)
AG 246 — Meat Animal Evaluation (3)
AG 247 — Animal Health (2)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (12)

Courses for this program include: »

AG 141 Animal Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A comprehensive view of the livestock industry as a science. Study is based upon biological principles with application to modern livestock management practices for beef, swine, dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. Laboratory to supplement lectures and discussions.

AG 245 Beef Science
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A basic beef production and management course which includes the cow-calf and feedlot operations. Laboratory exercises to acquire and develop in-depth skills.

AG 246 Meat Animal Evaluation
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: AG 141 or AG 285.
Live animal and carcass evaluation of meat animals-beef, sheep and swine. Students acquire and develop in-depth skills in laboratory.

AG 247 Animal Health
1-2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Animal diseases and parasites, their prevention and control. Man’s susceptibility to disease. Federal and State regulations.