Modern Food Production, Agriculture & the Environment - Animal Science 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
AGC-420 ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE 3
AGS-225 SWINE SCIENCE 3
AGS-226 BEEF CATTLE SCIENCE 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-470 FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS 3
AGS-319 ANIMAL NUTRITION (online) 3
AGS-331 ANIMAL REPRODUCTION (online) 3
PHS-165 INTRODUCTION TO METEOROLOGY 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
AGS-216 EQUINE SCIENCE 3
AGS-242 ANIMAL HEALTH (online) 3
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 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.

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

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-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-470 - FARM RECORDS, ACCOUNTS, ANALYSIS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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