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You might be surprised to know that students preparing for careers in agriculture don't just come from farming backgrounds. The study of agriculture is a great fit if you want to contribute to the areas of sustainability, human health and natural resources. The field incorporates principles from science, engineering, business and education. Courses in AGRI at Heartland cover subjects such as:

  • agricultural economics
  • soil science
  • horticulture
  • animal science

Heartland offers five introductory courses in Agriculture that are designed to transfer to a four-year program at a college or university. Each emphasizes hands-on, practical experiences and are designed to help you connect with the agriculture field. You can expect an introduction to these topics:

  • Agricultural economics
  • Animal science
  • Soil science
  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture

People with degrees in agriculture are employed in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Agriculture Research and Development
  • Farm and Livestock Management
  • Animal Welfare
  • Sales and Marketing

Although the nature of agricultural jobs is changing, workers entering the field between 2012 and 2022 should have good job prospects overall. Opportunities will continue to emerge was new technologies are introduced.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Agricultural Workers, on the Internet at (visited April 14, 2014).

Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Agriculture

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as an agriculture major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Agriculture Questions

Contact the Science Department