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What Will I Learn?

By successfully completing an associate degree with emphasis in agriculture you will have the ability to:

  • Transfer your skills to a four-year bachelor's degree-granting agriculture program.
  • Perform experiments using common laboratory techniques and analyze their results.
  • Creatively apply mathematics to solve science based problems.
  • Critically evaluate and analyze information.
  • Communicate scientific ideas and solutions effectively both in writing and verbally.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

People with degrees in agriculture are usually employed by a wide variety of industries including government, higher education, farming, horticulure, food service management. The current outlook is that the demand for people with degrees in agriculture will vary according to the area of specialization. For more detailed information, including salary ranges, go to the U.S. Department of Labor Web site. 1

What Are My Options?

The associate degree with emphasis in agriculture is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in agribusiness, animal sciences, crop and soil sciences, horticulture, agricultural mechanization or agriculture education at a four-year college or university. Heartland has entered into.

Courses completed in the associate in science degree at Heartland may be transferred to a four-year bachelor's degree granting institution to pursue an agriculture degree. Starting your course work at Heartland Community College has several advantages that include:

  • Small class sizes: Small classes allow for more interaction between students and the instructor. At a large university, lecture sections can be as large as 500 students.
  • More access to a dedicated, highly qualified instructor: Most large universities employ graduate students as teaching assistants who have little or no experience teaching.
  • Lower costs: Tuition and fees are considerably less at Heartland Community College.
  • Being prepared for junior and senior level work: Heartland's agriculture courses are offered through a cooperative agreement with Illinois State University to provide AGRI instruction. After transferring, community college students perform slightly better than native students at their respective institutions, based on GPA data.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs001.htm