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

Students in SCC's Modern Food Production, Agriculture 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.

West Burlington campus and online

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-114 PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY 3
AGB-235 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE MARKETS 3
AGB-336 AGRICULTURAL SELLING 3
AGC-216 CAREER SEMINAR 2
AGP-329 INTRODUCTION TO GPS 3
AGS-113 SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY 3
TOTAL 17
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
AGA-154 FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE 3
AGA-390 INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES 3
AGB-331 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AGRICULTURE (online) 3
AGC-420 ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE 3
AGM-157 MACHINERY MANAGEMENT 3
ENG-111 TECHNICAL WRITING (online) 3
TOTAL 18
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
AGC-936 OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 6
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
AGB-330 FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGB-437 COMMODITY MARKETING 3
AGB-466 AGRICULTURAL FINANCE (online) 3
AGB-470 FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
AGB-210 AGRICULTURE LAW (online) 2
AGM-155 FARM EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT 2
AGM-203 AGRICULTURAL WELDING 2
ECN-130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
TOTAL 12

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-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-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.

AGB-470 - FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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

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 (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.

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.

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.

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