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Agriculture Transfer AS

Last updated 4/1/2014

Associate in Science Code 7519

Program Contacts:
East Campus

Andrew Larson, 309-854-1830, larsonan@bhc.edu; Recruiter, 309-854-1724


Students who plan to complete a bachelor’s program with a major in agriculture are encouraged to enroll in the Agriculture Transfer Program at Black Hawk College East Campus.

All East Campus courses have been articulated with the four Illinois universities which offer degrees in agriculture including: Illinois State University (Normal), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), Western Illinois University (Macomb), and University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana).

These articulation agreements allow students completing the associate degree in agriculture to continue their education at these four-year institutions without loss of credits. Many BHE agriculture graduates have successfully transferred to universities across the country, such as Purdue, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Colorado State, and Texas A & M.

Students should work closely with an academic adviser to plan a two-year program designed for successful transfer of credits.

Agriculture Transfer AS
Associate in Science Code 7519
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
AG 100 — Introduction to Agriculture (1)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
Life Science (4)
Humanities Elective (3)
1AG Electives (4)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Physical Science (4)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication (3)
Mathematics (3)
1AG Electives (4)

Third Semester
Mathematics  or  Computer Science (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Fine Arts Elective (3)
Non-Western Studies (3)
1AG Electives (4)

Fourth Semester
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
1AG Electives (7)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1A minimum of 19 elective hours in agriculture are required in the Agriculture Transfer Program.
Suggested electives include: (Fall semester) AG 280, AG 281, AG 285, or AG 287
(Spring semester) AG 282, AG 283, HORT 284, AG 288, AG 289.

Courses for this program include: »

AG 100 Introduction to Agriculture
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of agriculture in our modern society. Emphasis on leadership development, educational goals and employment opportunities. Brief orientation to the College and agriculture division.

AG 280  Introduction to Agricultural Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An overview of the agricultural occupations program from the vocational agriculture teacher’s role and responsibility in an educational system. Opportunities, methods of certification, and securing positions in the teaching profession. FFA will be an integral part. IAI: AG 911

AG 281  Agricultural Economics
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles of economics including production principles; production costs, supply and revenue; profit maximization; consumption and demand; price elasticity; market price determination; and competitive versus noncompetitive market models. These principles are applied to agriculture and the role of agriculture in the United States and world economies.  Other topics include a survey of the world food situation; natural, human and capital resources; commodity product marketing; and agricultural problems and policies. IAI: AG 901

AG 282  Introduction to Soil Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Chemistry recommended.

Origin, classification and distribution of soils and their relationship to man and food production. Fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical properties of soils. Laboratory exercises and/or field trips on major topics. IAI: AG 904

AG 283  Field Crop Science
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Basic principles applicable to the planting, cultivating and harvesting of the more important crops, their improvement, production methods and uses will be covered.  Importance of field crops in providing food and fiber, methods of weed and insect control, study of diseases and their control, and new developments in crop production will be given emphasis. IAI: AG 903

AG 285  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, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses. Includes animal breeds, breeding and selection; anatomy, physiology, nutrition, growth; environment, health and sanitation; products and marketing; production technology and economics; animal behavior; and current issues in animal science. Laboratory to supplement lectures and discussions. IAI: AG 902

AG 287  Introductory Agricultural Mechanics
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introduction to agricultural power and machinery, agricultural electrification and applications, agricultural structures, and soil and water conservation. IAI: AG 906

AG 288  Ag of Developing Countries
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Agriculture of Developing Countries is an examination of the critical role played by agriculture in the economic development of Third World Nations. Agricultural production systems, policies, and problems are evaluated in relation to the economic, social and political structures of selected countries and societies.

AG 289  Microcomputer Skills for Agriculture
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts, principles and applications of microcomputers as they apply to agriculture and business. Students will learn agriculture and business applications of several common software packages in use today. Evaluation of current software will also be a focus. IAI: AG 913

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

HORT 284  Intro to Horticultural Science
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles and practices involved in the development, production and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, turf, nursery, floral and landscape). IAI: AG 905

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900