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Agriculture


Rend Lake College's Agriculture program will prepare students for a variety of careers, ranging from biology and chemistry to business management and equipment repair. Prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce. Consider our degree and certificate options listed below. 

 

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Degrees & Certificates in Agriculture

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION All curriculum guides reflect the 2021-22 catalog. Please check the latest catalog and addendum for possible changes.

AGRICULTURE — Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of agriculture. It provides students with the background in agriculture and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year college or university. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring and an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements. 

►Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • BOT 1101 Plants & Society (4)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric & Composition I 1 (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1 (3)

Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1141 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AGRI 1181 Introduction to Animal Science (4)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

 

  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • CHE 1101 General Chemistry 1 (5)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social / Behavioral Sciences (3)

Fourth Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1262 Agricultural Chemicals (3)
  • CHE 1102 General Chemistry II 1 (5)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Social / Behavioral Sciences (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses are designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue a career in the broad area of agricultural business at the mid-management level. Graduates should find interesting and rewarding opportunities in agricultural sales and services. Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 68 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics 1 or
    MATH Elective – Mathematics 1 (3)
  • AGRI 1251 Intro to Ag Production (3)
  • AGRI 1285 Agricultural Technologies (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

Second Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1223 Intro to Ag Business (3)
  • AGRI 1141 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AGRI 1210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • AGRI 1221 Intro to Agricultural Occupations or
    BUSI 1202 Employability Skills (1)
  • AGRI 1262 Agricultural Chemicals (3)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • AGRI 2225 Food and Agricultural Policy (3)
  • AGRI 2223 Agricultural Finance (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • CSCI 1102 Intro to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1 or
    PSYC 2106 Human Relations (3)

Fourth Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1181 Introduction to Animal Science (4)
  • AGRI 2241 Farm Management (3)
  • AGRI 2242 Marketing Agricultural Products (5)
  • AGRI 2210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • Elective – General Education 1, 2 (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 See Division Chairperson for list of approved courses.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS — Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

A two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to prepare students for occupations involving the maintenance and repair of implements such as tractors, combines and other farm machinery. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student should have a thorough knowledge of engine and equipment repair, servicing, sales and management. Also upon completion, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 69 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1205 Assembling, Adjusting and Reconditioning Farm Equipment or
    AGRI 1207 Machinery Reconditioning Restoration (5)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • AGRI 1215 Small Engines (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1204 Physics of Hydraulics (4)
  • AGRI 1210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • AGRI 1221 Intro to Agricultural Occupations (1)
  • CSCI 1101 Intro to Computers or
    CSCI 1102 Intro to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking 1 (3)
  • DIEL 1202 Basic Diesel Fuel Systems (2)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1203 Ignition and Electrical Systems (5)
  • AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics (3)
  • AGRI 1285 Agricultural Technologies (3)
  • AGRI 2201 Transmission and Power Trains (4)
  • DIEL 1204 Intermediate Diesels (4)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1206 Ag Air Conditioning Systems (4)
  • AGRI 2204 Advanced Major Overhaul (5)
  • AGRI 2210 Supervised Occupational Experience II or
    AGRI 2206 Advanced Electrical & Hydraulics (4)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1203 Ignition and Electrical Systems (5)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • AGRI 2201 Transmission and Power Trains (4)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1204 Physics of Hydraulics (4)
  • AGRI 1206 Ag Air Conditioning Systems (4)
  • AGRI 2204 Advanced Major Overhaul (5)
  • DIEL 1202 Basic Diesel Fuel Systems (2)

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT — Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

The two-year Agricultural Production and Management program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree combining many of the features in mechanical and business curricula to help students stay abreast with the dynamic, ever-changing agriculture industry. These changes are increasing the need and the opportunities for individuals who possess both technical knowledge and management ability. RLC students develop decision- making abilities by being exposed to such areas as farm management, economics and marketing. Courses like those dealing with feeds and feeding, soils and fertilizers and ag chemicals are intended to help develop technical skills. Unique to this program are the mechanical courses designed to develop skills needed to service the machines common in today’s agriculture. The Agricultural Production and Management program originally was designed for students who already have an opportunity to farm. However, many other employment opportunities are available as managers and herdsmen on large grain and livestock farms or as fertilizer, chemical and seed suppliers to ag service companies. Upon completion of this program, the student has the option to capstone into a participating four-year institution.

► Total = 71 Hours

First Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

 

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • AGRI 1222 Applied Mathematics1 or
    MATH Math Elective 1 (3)
  • AGRI 1251 Intro to Ag Production (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1141 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AGRI 1223 Intro to Ag Business (3)
  • AGRI 1262 Agricultural Chemicals (3)
  • AGRI 1210 Supervised Occupational Experience (4)
  • AGRI 1221 Intro to Agricultural Occupations or
    BUSI 1202 Employability Skills (1)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1205 Assembling, Adjusting and Reconditioning Farm Equipment (5) or
    AGRI 1207 Machinery Reconditioning Restoration (5)
  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • AGRI 2225 Food & Agricultural Policy (3)
  • AGRI 1285 Agricultural Technologies (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology 1  or
  • PSYC 2106 Human Relations (3)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1181 Introduction to Animal Science (4)
  • AGRI 2241 Farm Management (3)
  • AGRI 2242 Marketing Agricultural Products (5)
  • DIEL 1202 Basic Diesel Fuel Systems (2)
  • Elective – General Education (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 Highly recommended for students in Ag Production / Management.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT — Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1205 Assembling, Adjusting and Reconditioning Farm Equipment (5) or 
    AGRI 1207 Machinery Reconditioning Restoration (5)
  • AGRI 1208 Diesel Engines (6)
  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)

Second Semester (11 Cr. Hrs)

  • AGRI 1181 Intro to Animal Science (4)
  • AGRI 1221 Intro to Ag Occupations or
    BUSI 1202 Employability Skills (1)
  • AGRI 2241 Farm Management (3)
    Elective - General Education (3)

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE — Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

This degree program prepares a student to transfer into a four-year Plant and Soil Science program. The last two years of a student’s program concentrate on professional objectives. Students are encouraged to consult an Academic Advisor for details regarding this program.

Many job opportunities exist for baccalaureate graduates in Plant and Soil Science ... soil conservationist, water conservationist, plant and soil laboratory technologist, production manager, plant pest control inspector, farm manager, plant breeding expert, plant pathologist, etc.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

 

  • AGRI 1161 Soil Science (4)
  • AGRI 1251 Intro to Ag Production (3)
  • BIO 1101 College Biology (5)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I (3)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math (3)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Elective - Social Science (3)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • AGRI 1263 Crop Science (4)
  • BOT 1101 Plants & Society (4)
  • CHE 1101 General Chemistry I (5)
  • Elective - Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective - Humanities or Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CHE 1102 General Chemistry II (5)
  • Elective (1)
  • Elective - Humanities (3)
  • Elective - Social/Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • Elective – General Education (3)

Program Outcomes

Ag Business/Ag Production

1.  Demonstrate the ability to gather and synthesize information pertinent to Agriculture

2.  Communicate effectively the current issues and challenges of the Agriculture industry
3.  Demonstrate the ability to calculate and interpret results of specific agricultural scenarios
4.  Demonstrate professionalism and work ethics that will allow students to succeed in the Agriculture industry

Ag Mechanics/Diesel Technology

1. Communicate effectively the current issues and challenges of the Agriculture industry.

2. Demonstrate the ability to gather and synthesize information pertinent to Agriculture.
3. Demonstrate the ability to calculate and interpret results of specific agricultural scenarios.
4. Exhibit an in-depth understanding of internal combustion engines common to the agriculture industry.
5. Develop critical thinking skills in order to troubleshoot DC electrical systems.
6. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of fluid power.
7. Demonstrate a basic understanding concerning function and adjustment of various agricultural implements.
8. Demonstrate a personal work ethic and perspective necessary to be successful in the agriculture industry.

Articulation 


Articulation agreements document a pathway between Rend Lake College and the following schools for the academic program(s) listed.

note icon If you are a student interested in transferring to a 4-year university and want to focus on agriculture at RLC, talk to your advisor about class options.

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  • Paying it forward: RLC donates to local high schools

    INA, Ill. (Feb. 28, 2020) — Rend Lake College recently came bearing gifts for several local high school agriculture programs in the form of small and diesel engines. RLC was able to donate several engines to agriculture programs at Webber High School, Benton Consolidated High School and Wayne City High School. The engines will give local students a chance to gain insight into the mechanical side of...

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science & Technology
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University
Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Professor | Applied Science Division
Phone Extension: 7914
Building: Applied Science Center
Office: 114
A.A.S., Rend Lake College
Agriculture Professor
Phone Extension: 1066
Building: Applied Science
Office: 113
2017 PHI THETA KAPPA FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | M.B.A., McKendree University | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.A.S., Rend Lake College 
Ag Mechanics & Diesel Technology Professor
Phone Extension: 1269
Building: Applied Science Center
Office: 112
Ag Mechanics Certificate, Rend Lake College | A.A.S., Rend Lake College
Administrative Assistant | Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 139
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | A.S., John A. Logan College

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science


 

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