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Agriculture


Rend Lake College's Agriculture program will prepare students for a variety of careers, ranging from biology and chemistry to business management and equipment repair. Prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce. Consider our degree and certificate options listed below. 

 

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Degrees & Certificates in Agriculture

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

AGRICULTURE — Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of agriculture. It provides students with the background in agriculture and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year college or university. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring and an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements. 

►Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1141 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AGRI 1181 Introduction to Animal Science (4)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • CHE 1101 General Chemistry 1 (5)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social / Behavioral Sciences (3)

Fourth Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1262 Agricultural Chemicals (3)
  • CHE 1102 General Chemistry II 1 (5)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social / Behavioral Sciences (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses are designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue a career in the broad area of agricultural business at the mid-management level. Graduates should find interesting and rewarding opportunities in agricultural sales and services. Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 68 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1223 Intro to Ag Business (3)
  • AGRI 2210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • AGRI 2241 Farm Management (3)
  • AGRI 2242 Marketing Agricultural Products (5)
  • Elective – General Education 1, 2 (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 See Division Chairperson for list of approved courses.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of implements such as tractors, combines and other farm machinery. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of engine and equipment repair, servicing, sales and management. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 72 Hours

First Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1203 Ignition and Electrical Systems (5)
  • AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics 1 or
    MATH Elective – Math 1 (3)
  • AGRI 1285 Agricultural Technologies (3)
  • AGRI 2201 Transmission and Power Trains (4)
  • DIEL 1204 Intermediate Diesels (4)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1206 Ag Air Conditioning Systems (4)
  • AGRI 2204 Advanced Major Overhaul (5)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3) or 
    PSYC 2106 Human Relations (3)
  • Elective – General Education 2 (3)

Fifth Term (4 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 2210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 See Division Chairperson for list of approved courses.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Gainful Employment

► Total = 27 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT — Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

The two-year Agricultural Production and Management program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree combining many of the features in mechanical and business curricula to help students stay abreast with the dynamic, ever-changing agriculture industry.

These changes are increasing the need and the opportunities for individuals who possess both technical knowledge and management ability. RLC students develop decision- making abilities by being exposed to such areas as farm management, economics and marketing. Courses like those dealing with feeds and feeding, soils and fertilizers and ag chemicals are intended to help develop technical skills.

Unique to this program are the mechanical courses designed to develop skills needed to service the machines common in today’s agriculture.

The Agricultural Production and Management program originally was designed for students who already have an opportunity to farm. However, many other employment opportunities are available as managers and herdsmen on large grain and livestock farms or as fertilizer, chemical and seed suppliers to ag service companies.

Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 71 Hours

First Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

 

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics1 or
    MATH Math Elective 1 (3)
  • AGRI 1251 Intro to Ag Production (3)
  • Elective – General Education (3)

Second Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1205 Assembling, Adjusting and Reconditioning Farm Equipment (5)
  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • AGRI 2225 Food & Agricultural Policy (3)
  • AGRI 1285 Agricultural Technologies (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 Highly recommended for students in Ag Production / Management.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Gainful Employment

► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1205 Assembling, Adjusting and 
    Reconditioning Farm Equipment (5)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • Elective (Fall or Spring) (3)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs)

 note icon If you are a student interested in transferring to a 4-year university and want to focus on agriculture at RLC, talk to your advisor about class options.

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
 
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
 
Agriculture Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1066
Building: Applied Science
Office: 113
 

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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