Agriculture, Modern Food Production and the Environment Online Program - AAS

Online Program (Select courses also available on both campus locations.)

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
AGB-336 AGRICULTURAL SELLING 3
AGC-216 CAREER SEMINAR 2
AGB-330 FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGA-181 INTRODUCTION TO CROP SCIENCE 3
AGB-235 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS 3
AGS-113 SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-182 INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE 3
AGA-376 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 3
AGS-226 BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE 3
AGS-225 SWINE SCIENCE 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 15
Summer Semester I Course Title Credit
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
TOTAL 3
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
AGP-333 PRECISION FARMING SYSTEMS 3
AGB-437 COMMODITY MARKETING 3
AGA-158 SOIL FERTILITY 3
AGA-390 INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
SOC-115 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3
AGS-216 EQUINE SCIENCE 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
AGS-242 ANIMAL HEALTH (online) 3
TOTAL 15

AGB-336 - AGRICULTURAL SELLING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Presents basic concepts and economics principles related to markets for agricultural inputs and products. Reviews current marketing problems faced by farms and agribusinesses, farm and retail price behavior, structure of markets, food marketing channels, food quality and food safety, and the role of agriculture in the general economy. Analyzes the implications of consumer preferences at the farm level. Introduces hedging, futures, and other risk management tools.

AGC-216 - CAREER SEMINAR

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to help students explore and discover the many opportunities that are available in the profession of agriculture and related industries both nationally and internationally.

AGB-330 - FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Applies business and economic principles of decision making and problem solving in the management of a farm business. Covers cash flow, partial, enterprise, and whole farm budgeting. Reviews information systems for farm accounting, analysis, and control. Examines obtaining and managing land, capital, and labor resources. Provides alternatives for farm business organization and risk management.

AGA-181 - INTRODUCTION TO CROP SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Basic structure and function of plants, origin and classification, growth and development. Fundamentals of photosynthesis, plant water use, plant nutrition and genetics that regulate plant growth, development and responses to the environment.

AGB-235 - INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Presents basic concepts and economics principles related to markets for agricultural inputs and products. Reviews current marketing problems faced by farms and agribusinesses, farm and retail price behavior, structure of markets, food marketing channels, food quality and food safety, and the role of agriculture in the general economy. Analyzes the implications of consumer preferences at the farm level. Introduces hedging, futures, and other risk management tools.

AGS-113 - SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Introduces students to the various species and breeds of domestic animals and to create an understanding of the principles of food animal production, product marketing, and issues confronting the animal industry.

AGA-182 - INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduce students to the mysterious world of soils. It is designed for students in agriculture and related sciences. The course provides a broad viewpoint to match the varied backgrounds and interest of students. Its coverage is made so broad to meet the needs of students who will take only one course in soils, as well as those who will use it as a base for more advanced study of specialized areas in soil science.

AGA-376 - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Course describes the basics of field scouting for corn and soybean crops for weeds, insects, diseases and disorders, as well as, a variety of management practices to manage those ailments.

AGS-226 - BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduces principles, practices, and decisions impacting beef cattle production.

AGS-225 - SWINE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduces principles, practices, and decisions impacting swine production.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

AGC-936 - OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE

OJT: 12

Credit: 3

An "on-the-job" experience at a local business. The business will provide a training sponsor in cooperation with an instructor/coordinator from the college staff. Hands-on experience in observing and demonstrating the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom. Course may be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

AGP-333 - PRECISION FARMING SYSTEMS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Provides an overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (OPS, GIS and VRT). Introduces the use of each of these tools within the processes of a precision farming system. Provides hands-on activities in the use of these tools. Discusses economic and environmental benefits.

AGB-437 - COMMODITY MARKETING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Commodity Marketing examines basis, fundamental and technical price analysis, commodity futures, futures options, alternative cash contracts, sources and uses of marketing information, and relevant agricultural marketing strategies.

AGA-158 - SOIL FERTILITY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course explains the phenomena involved in making and keeping a soil in its most economical, productive state. Students learn why soils must be managed differently due to differences in origin and make up. Prerequisite: AGA-154 or AGA-182

AGA-390 - INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course will provide an overview of soil, water, plants, and animals as renewable natural resources in an ecosystem context. This history and organization of resource management and concepts of integrated resource management will be covered.

SOC-115 - SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An investigation into a selection of social problems involving alternative solutions. Topics may include drug and alcohol abuse, crime, violence, prejudice and discrimination, and human sexuality.

AGS-216 - EQUINE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an introduction to concepts, practices and decisions necessary when managing horses through stages of their lives.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

AGS-242 - ANIMAL HEALTH (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Provides information about the cause, nature, prevention, and treatment of common health problems of farm animals. Identifies animal behavior and developing a herd health program.

Sabrina Pidgeon - Instructor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5104

Email: spidgeon@scciowa.edu
BS, Iowa State University

Adam Raub - Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5103

Email: araub@scciowa.edu
BS, Western Illinois University
MBA, St. Ambrose University

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