“I love the connections that create Black Hawk
College’s ag program. The ag staff is very
experienced and always willing to help a student
who shows interest in their field.”

Katelyn Smoot
BHC Associate in Science – Ag Transfer student

Agriculture

BEGIN YOUR AGRICULTURE MAJOR OR CAREER AT BLACK HAWK COLLEGE

To meet the demands of an ever-changing agriculture industry, the Agriculture Department offers a variety of career and transfer programs to ensure students are prepared with advanced training and ready to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce.

Start here, transfer anywhere
If you already have a transfer school in mind, your adviser will customize a transfer plan for that college or university. BHC also has many transfer guides and agreements already established with 4-year institutions in a variety of ag-related majors.
Transfer Guides and Agreements »


Department Highlights

Ag-Related Careers
Our graduates hold positions in agribusiness management, crop and livestock production, veterinary clinics and hospitals, and ag equipment dealerships. They are mechanics, farm operators, herdsmen, riding instructors and horse trainers.

Facilities
BHC’s East Campus has specialized ag facilities, including an agricultural mechanics lab, equine facility, greenhouse and veterinary hospital.

Internships 
Students complete two internships as part of the Associate in Applied Science degree. Black Hawk College also offers internships to students in an ag education/FFA program as part of the Growing Agriculture Science Teachers Grant through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Hands-on instruction
Faculty emphasize hands-on instruction in all coursework. Instructional labs are held off-site in many courses to keep learning connected to a changing industry.

Competitive Teams

  • Crops & Soils Judging Team
  • Horse Judging Team
  • Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team
  • Livestock Judging Team

Group of students with ribbons & East Campus Equine Program banner Student Clubs

  • Agribusiness Club
  • Auto/Ag Mechanics Club
  • Horticulture Club
  • Sci Pi Club

Scholarship Opportunities

  • BHC Presidential Scholarship: In-district high school seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class at the end of seven semesters are eligible for the Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.
  • Other scholarship opportunities can be found at the BHC scholarships page. A number of faculty-chosen ag and equine scholarships are also available.
  • Transfer scholarships are also available at many transfer institutions.

Special events on campus:

  • Ag Visit Days
  • FFA judging and leadership contests
  • Roping and barrel racing clinics
  • Speed Show Series

Career and Transfer Program Information
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department. Students who plan to transfer to a university can earn an Associate Degree.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Wheel Alignment/Suspension Certificate 5514 Certificate 17 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture car, automotive
Welding Certificate 5755 Certificate 25 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate 5760 Certificate 13 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate 5765 Certificate 12.5 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Brake Specialist Certificate 5512 Certificate 16 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture car, automotive
Automotive Repair Technology (AAS) 9298 AAS Degree 66 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture car
Automotive Repair Certificate 5710 Certificate 43 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture car
Air Conditioning Specialist Certificate 5513 Certificate 12 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Agriculture Mechanics Technology (AAS) 9081 AAS Degree 64 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Agriculture Mechanics Certificate 9583 Certificate 43 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Veterinary Technology (AAS) 5017 AAS Degree 80 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animals
Veterinary Assisting Certificate 5117 Certificate 32 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animals
Horse Science Technology Certificate 9599 Certificate 30 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal, horse, equine
Horse Science Technology (AAS) 9099 AAS Degree 70 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal, horse, equine
Equestrian Science (AAS) 9096 AAS Degree 70 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal, horse, equine
Agriculture Production (Certificate) 9541, 9543, 9544 Certificate 12 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agriculture Production Technology (AAS) 9141 AAS Degree 71 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management Horticulture Option (AAS) 9242 AAS Degree 69 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management – Crop Protection Technology Option (AAS) 9143 AAS Degree 72 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management (AAS) 9142 AAS Degree 71 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Advanced Large Animal Technician Certificate 5717 Certificate 15 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture veterinary, vet tech
Advanced Veterinary Office Management Certificate 5817 Certificate 13 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal