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

Learn to grow with some of Southeast Iowa's most valuable land and resources.

Want a career in Agriculture?

SCC’s Modern Food Production, Agriculture and the Environment program will prepare you for careers in grain and livestock farming, and agribusiness.

Interested in continuing on to earn a Bachelor’s? Check out our 2 + 2 program with Iowa State.

Students in SCC's Modern Food Production, Agricultural and the Environment Program have the opportunity to prepare for a lifetime of learning through classroom and internship positions limited only by students’ initiative and imagination. This program prepares students to serve the food production and processing industries through operation of feed mills, fertilizer plants, elevators, retail farm supply stores and farm equipment dealers. The program is also designed to provide improved skills in the areas of crop and livestock production, agriculture equipment and farm business management. 

West Burlington campus and online

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
AGB-336 AGRICULTURAL SELLING 3
AGC-216 CAREER SEMINAR 2
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
AGA-114 PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY 3
AGH-221 PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE 3
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
AGB-235 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS 3
BUS-102 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS 3
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
AGH-131 GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT (online) 3
AGS-113 SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY 3
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
AGP-329 INTRODUCTION TO GPS 3
DRF-113 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNICAL DRAFTING 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-154 FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE 3
AGA-390 INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES 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
AGM-157 MACHINERY MANAGEMENT 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-111 TECHNICAL WRITING (online) 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 18
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
MAT-120 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
MAT-156 STATISTICS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 6-8
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
AGB-330 FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGB-470 FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS 3
Take at least 6 credit hours from these courses:
AGA-158 SOIL FERTILITY 3
AGA-211 GRAIN AND FORAGE CROPS 3
AGB-437 COMMODITY MARKETING 3
AGB-466 AGRICULTURAL FINANCE (online) 3
AGC-937 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE II 3
AGH-112 INTRODUCTION TO TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT 3
AGN-130 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION 3
AGS-270 FOODS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN (online) 3
AGS-319 ANIMAL NUTRITION (online) 3
AGS-331 ANIMAL REPRODUCTION (online) 3
AGT-250 FOOD AND BIOSECURITY ISSUES 1
Take at least 3 credit hours from these courses:
MAT-110 MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS 3
MAT-120 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3
MAT-156 STATISTICS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY 3
PHY-106 SURVEY OF PHYSICS 4
TOTAL 15-20
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
Take at least 6 credit hours from these courses:
AGB-210 AGRICULTURE LAW (online) 2
AGH-260 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 3
AGM-155 FARM EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT 2
AGM-203 AGRICULTURAL WELDING 2
AGN-244 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT 3
AGS-216 EQUINE SCIENCE 3
AGS-242 ANIMAL HEALTH (online) 3
ELE-130 HOME AND FARM ELECTRICITY 2
ENV-145 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 4
Take at least 6 credit hours from these courses:
ECN-130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
TOTAL 12-13

AGB-336 - AGRICULTURAL SELLING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Students will gain the necessary knowledge and the techniques of selling agriculture products directly to producers. Included is knowledge of the buying process, communication skills and other factors that are beneficial in building relationships with customers.

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.

AGA-114 - PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Detailed studies will be made of corn and soybean production, fertilization and harvesting methods. The processing of seed and grain will also be studied in this course, along with a close look at other cropping alternatives for the corn belt area. Laboratory work will be used to increase the understanding of key concepts.

AGH-221 - PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This is an introductory course to students in various fields of horticulture and includes applications of scientific principles to commercial horticulture practices.

AGB-235 - INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A course dealing with supply and demand for Agricultural market products, food marketing channels, farm vs. retail pricing and quality and safety.  This course also covers issues in market structures, problems for farmers and agribusiness firms.  The role of agriculture in the US economy and hedging with futures contracts and other risk management tools are also covered.

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

Course studies ways domestic animals serve the basic needs of humans for food, shelter, protection, fuel and emotional well-being. Terminology, basic structures of the industries surrounding the production, care and marketing of domestic animals in the U.S. will also be studied.

AGP-329 - INTRODUCTION TO GPS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide a hands-on experience with the tools of precision agriculture: global positioning systems, geographic information systems and remote sensing and to incorporate the use of these tools into a management system for decision making.

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.

AGA-154 - FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course covers soil properties affected by their formation due to climate, vegetative cover, parent material, drainage and topography. Laboratory work will be used to increase the understanding of key concepts.

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-376 - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course includes field observation of chemical control of weeds and insects and principles of safety and ecological ramifications of chemicals used in modern farming operations. The course also includes alternative pest control systems in modern farming practices and insect and weed identification in the field. Material will also be presented to prepare the student to pass the Iowa Commercial Pesticide Core, Insects and Agriculture Weed tests. Laboratory work will be used to increase the understanding of key concepts.

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.

AGM-157 - MACHINERY MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Student will utilize the operator's manual to find information concerning operation, lubrication and adjustment sections. In addition, students will properly adjust and operate the following equipment: 1) row crop cultivator; 2) square baler; 3) disc/harrow; 4) field cultivator. Course will also address safe handling procedures and the use of herbicides, calibration of the field sprayer for proper operation and adjusting the grain drill to plant soybeans and small seeds.

AGS-225 - SWINE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed around the life cycle concept of swine management. Each period will be discussed with respect to management of nutrition, disease control, housing and proper handling. Ethical production techniques will be stressed throughout the course.

AGS-226 - BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A course dealing with the retail beef industry, management decisions of the cow-calf and the yearling-stocker producers, major health problems and their prevention/treatment, remnant nutrition balance rations and forage resource management.

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-111 - TECHNICAL WRITING (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Studies the rhetorical techniques specifically oriented to industrial requirements. Applies expository patterns as incorporated within the report apparatus, including such specialized formats as process analysis, progress/ lab reports, feasibility study, and the proposal. Also includes correspondence and application of basic library research skills. Course designed to satisfy specified career program requirements. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

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.

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.

AGB-330 - FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the use of the principles of farm management in developing a farm or farm business operation.

AGB-470 - FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Emphasis is placed on the importance of records as an essential management tool.

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.

AGA-211 - GRAIN AND FORAGE CROPS

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.

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-937 - OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE II

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.

AGH-112 - INTRODUCTION TO TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MAT-110 - MATH FOR LIBERAL ARTS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Math for Liberal Arts is a survey course for students who have little background in mathematics. Topics include survey of sets, numbers, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. This course is not intended for Mathematics and Science majors. Prerequisites: MAT-062 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C- or meets minimum placement testing requirements.

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.

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.

PHY-106 - SURVEY OF PHYSICS

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This class is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of physics. Measurement, the scientific method, motion, forces, work and energy, simple machines, temperature and heat plus electricity and magnetism will be covered. Lab will be an integral part with activities augmenting the lecture concepts.

AGB-210 - AGRICULTURE LAW (online)

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.

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.

ENV-145 - CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This course examines the ecological principles used in the preservation of biological diversity. Some topics explored are population dynamics, conservation genetics, island biogeography, mathematical modeling of ecological systems, disturbance ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), reserve theory and wildlife corridors. Laboratories will involve fieldwork, data analysis, computer work and research. Prerequisite: ENV-111

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-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.

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.

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.

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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