Agriculture, Modern Food Production and the Environment: Specialty Crop Pathway-Certificate, Diploma and AAS

West Burlington campus and online

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
AGB-336 AGRICULTURAL SELLING 3
AGC-216 CAREER SEMINAR 2
AGB-330 FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGH-221 PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE 3
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
AGH-131 GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT (ONLINE) 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-182 INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE 3
AGA-376 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 3
AGB-331 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AGRICULTURE (online) 3
AGC-420 ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE 3
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 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
AGN-130 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION 3
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
SOC-115 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
AGB-210 AGRICULTURE LAW 2
AGM-155 FARM EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT 2
AGP-333 PRECISION FARMING SYSTEMS 3
ECN-130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
TOTAL 13

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AGN-130 - SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Emphasis will be on environmental practices as they relate to conservation management of our natural resources. Students will discuss soil erosion, water quality, and soil and water management. Lab work required. Prerequisite: AGA-154 or AGA-182

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-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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