Agriculture, Modern Food Production and the Environment - Certificate, Diploma and AAS

West Burlington campus and online

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester Course Title Credit
AGB-336 AGRICULTURAL SELLING 3
AGC-216 CAREER SEMINAR 2
AGB-330 FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
Take 1 of 2 courses:
AGA-181 INTRODUCTION TO CROP SCIENCE 3
AGH-221 PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE 3
Take 1 of 2 courses:
AGB-235 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS 3
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
Take 1 of 2 courses:
AGH-131 GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT (ONLINE) 3
AGS-113 SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-182 INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE 3
Take at least 9 credit hours from these courses:
AGA-376 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 3
AGB-331 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AGRICULTURE (online) 3
AGC-420 ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE 3
AGS-225 SWINE SCIENCE 3
AGS-226 BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE 3
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
ENG-110 WRITING FOR THE WORKPLACE 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 15
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
TOTAL 3
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
AGA-390 INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES 3
Take at least 6 credit hours from these courses:
AGA-158 SOIL FERTILITY 3
AGA-211 GRAIN AND FORAGE CROPS (ONLINE) 3
AGB-437 COMMODITY MARKETING 3
DRF-113 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING 3
AGB-466 AGRICULTURAL FINANCE (online) 3
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
AGS-270 FOODS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN (online) 3
AGS-319 ANIMAL NUTRITION (online) 3
AGT-250 FOOD AND BIOSECURITY ISSUES 1
AGS-331 ANIMAL REPRODUCTION (online) 3
AGH-112 INTRODUCTION TO TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT (ONLINE) 3
Take 1 of 4 courses:
MAT-120 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
MAT-156 STATISTICS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
CHM-165 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4
TOTAL 12-16
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
Take 3 of these courses:
AGB-210 AGRICULTURE LAW 2
AGH-260 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 3
AGM-155 FARM EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT 2
AGM-203 AGRICULTURAL WELDING 2
AGP-333 PRECISION FARMING SYSTEMS 3
AGN-244 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 3
AGS-216 EQUINE SCIENCE 3
AGS-242 ANIMAL HEALTH (online) 3
ELE-130 HOME AND FARM ELECTRICITY 2
PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY 3
Take 3 of these courses.:
ECN-130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
PSY-110
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
SOC-115 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3
TOTAL 17

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.

AGH-221 - PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Provides an introduction to horticulture covering the basic knowledge and skills associated with growth and development of plants including fruits, vegetables, turf grass, and ornamentals.

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.

BUS-102 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An overview of contemporary business principles touching on all the major functional areas of business and trends that are shaping today's business environment. Understanding the fundamental pillars of the business environment -- globalization, technology, and ethics -- is a crucial component in this course.

AGH-131 - GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT (ONLINE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Manage greenhouse air, water, soil, and light for most efficient use of resources. Pest management, plant rotation and scheduling for flower sales are included.

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.

AGB-331 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AGRICULTURE (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course relates specifically to management of agriculture farms and businesses. Course content emphasizes budget planning, record keeping, record analysis, agricultural finance/credit, and machinery and land management. Management exercises simulating farm activities and decisions are incorporated. Computers are used to aid in the completion of these management exercises.

AGC-420 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides students the opportunity to collect, discuss, interpret, and defend current economic, environmental and social issues that affect the production of agricultural commodities.

AGS-225 - SWINE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduces principles, practices, and decisions impacting swine production.

AGS-226 - BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ENG-110 - WRITING FOR THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Writing for the Workplace prepares students for the various types of written communication required by professional employers. In this class, students learn how to write informal and formal documents and reports in the design and style of career-related communication with a focus on audience, purpose, subject, and genre and how they affect our writing choices. This course also includes a review of grammar and usage skills, as well as emphasizes effective language use in real-world applications. Prerequisites: ENG-103 with a grade of C- or better or meets minimum placement scores.

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.

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.

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-211 - GRAIN AND FORAGE CROPS (ONLINE)

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course examines production management practices for corn, soybean, small grain, and forage crops common to Midwestern U.S. agriculture. Emphasis will be placed on growth and development, plant characteristics, management practices and problem solving.

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.

DRF-113 - FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

Fundamentals of drawing techniques conveyed using free hand sketching. Emphasis is placed on the ability to visualize in three dimensions, neatness, accuracy, legibility, speed and use of computer graphics in the solution of graphic problems.

AGB-466 - AGRICULTURAL FINANCE (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is a study of the terminology and tools of agricultural finance. It emphasizes the preparation of financial statements, cash flows, budgets and bookkeeping principles. It also discusses financial risk strategies and credit costs.

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.

AGS-270 - FOODS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a general basic agri-food science course that deals with world food needs and available food supplies, types of food and nutritive value and use, and methods used and challenges involved in food production, transportation, preservation/processing, storage, distribution, marketing and consumption. The course covers both animal origin and non-animal origin food products.

AGS-319 - ANIMAL NUTRITION (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A course in basic animal nutrition for swine and beef cattle. Feed utilization for maintenance/growth, reproduction and lactation is discussed. The formulation of rations on both a nutritional and economic basis as well as the substitution of ingredients will be covered.

AGT-250 - FOOD AND BIOSECURITY ISSUES

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course focuses on threats to food system biosecurity. Students will research and discuss contemporary issues regarding biosecurity, vulnerabilities of the food system from pre-harvest through post-processing, consumption and potential threats by class of agents.

AGS-331 - ANIMAL REPRODUCTION (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is presented with the agriculture student in mind. The first unit, Physiology, addresses cellular digestion, reproduction, genetics and ecology. The second unit, Applications, teaches the practical application of animal science. The third unit instructs students in the interpretation of performance data for judging and evaluating livestock.

AGH-112 - INTRODUCTION TO TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT (ONLINE)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course covers the principles and practices of turf grass management for application to golf course, lawns, athletic fields, and playgrounds.

MAT-120 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is a study of rational, exponential, logarithmic, and polynomial functions and relations, their graphs and related equalities.  The study of the curricular functions, graphs, and applications is included.  This course may be taken concurrently with MAT-134.  Prerequisites: MAT-092 or MAT-099 with a minimum grade of C-, or meets minimum placement testing requirements.

MAT-156 - STATISTICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an applied course in statistics, designed to introduce students to some of the concepts, symbols, procedures, and vocabulary used in the field of statistics. Topics covered in this course include: organizing and graphing data, descriptive statistics, probability, various distributions, the sampling distribution of the mean, estimating a population mean, confidence intervals, inferential statistics (hypothesis testing), comparing two population parameters, analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear and multiple regression, contingency tables, and nonparametric statistics, (time permitting). Prerequisites: MAT-092 or MAT-099 with a minimum grade of C- or meets minimum placement testing requirements.

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.

CHM-165 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

The first semester of a traditional two-semester sequence. General Chemistry I provides an in-depth and integrated study of chemical principles, including terminology, measurements, unit conversions, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, moles, stoichiometry, gases and gas laws, energy, electron configurations, periodicity and chemical bonding. Prerequisite: 1 year high school chemistry or CHM-122 or BIO-252

AGB-210 - AGRICULTURE LAW

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to make the student aware of the legalities of the farm business in regard to estate planning, leasing, contracts and legal liability.

AGH-260 - FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course discusses the principles and practices of fruit and vegetable production with emphasis on home production and small commercial production. Insects, diseases of fruits and vegetables and storage methods will be covered.

AGM-155 - FARM EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course deals with fitting farm equipment to the farming unit and the repair of farm equipment.

AGM-203 - AGRICULTURAL WELDING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

A shop course dealing with welding.

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.

AGN-244 - WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Students learn proper wildlife management through carefully planned and maintained reserves, preserves and refuges. Management techniques presented include those for game, non-game and aquatic animals.

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.

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.

ELE-130 - HOME AND FARM ELECTRICITY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

This course introduces the requirements for residential and farm electrical systems. Emphasis will be placed on local and national Electrical Codes. Hands-on experience will include such activities as basic wiring of the service entrance, circuits, switches, receptacles, lighting, special appliance circuits, and motor circuits. This course is specifically designed for students not choosing a construction curriculum.

PHS-165 - INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Introduction to atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Includes physical elements and process of weather, climatic types and regions, forecasting and associated activity.

ECN-130 - PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introductory course in economics emphasizing micro-economic theory and contemporary problems. The major topics will include a description of the United States economy; demand and supply, price, output, and wage determination; domestic problems; international economics and the world economy.

HUM-287 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films/videos and contemporary readings on leadership.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

PSY-110 -

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

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.

Sabrina Pidgeon - Assistant Professor, (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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