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Technical Program - Ag Professional Custom Application - Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL


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Ag Professional Custom Application (AAS.AGPCA)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Agriculture Custom Application is designed to prepare students to become professional custom applicators within the ag industry. This program will expand the student's abilities in the new and exciting facets of agriculture. This curriculum is designed for Agriculture Custom Application, but also provides transferability to Southern Illinois - Carbondale, Western Illinois and Illinois State universities.

 

Note:  Those students that are considering transfering to a 4-year institution should contact their advisor as soon as possible.


Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by the student's degree audit.


For more information contact:
Mark Niemerg
217-234-5327
mniemerg@lakeland.cc.il.us

* There are prerequisites or course requisites for this course
** Electives must be approved by Department Chair or Program Coordinator
one cross Course only offered fall semester
Footnote 2 Course only offered spring and summer semester
Footnote 3 Course only offered spring semester
Footnote 4 Courses offered in odd numbered years only
Footnote 5 Courses offered in even numbered years only
Footnote 6 SOS 050 Human Relations and PSY 271 Introduction to Psychology cannot be used as a social science elective
Footnote 7 Consult Academic Advisor for appropriate course
1 Course offered during summer term only.
2 N/A




First Year
First Semester
ENG 120
Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


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Composition I *
3
ENG 098
Students will learn the principles of communications by listening, speaking, and writing. Emphasis is placed on communication skills related to the demands of the student's career area.

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or
Communications I +
 
PSY 271
Focuses on psychology as a science, introducing concepts and research in a variety of subfields, including neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology.

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Introduction to Psychology
2 - 3
SOS 050
Provides an understanding of the human mechanism when associated with interpersonal relationships on the job. Emphasis is placed on vocational problems connected with motivation, communication, perception and how to work with others.

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or
Human Relations
 
HED 178
The purpose of the American Red Cross Responding to Emergency course is to provide the citizen responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life.

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Responding to Emergencies
2
AGR 040
Applications of mathematics as it applies to the operation of grain and livestock farms, agriculture business and agriculture mechanization.

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Agricultural Mathematics +
2.5 - 3
MAT 116
Survey of mathematical topics with emphasis on solutions to real life problems. Topics will include sets/logic, counting techniques, probability, and statistics. Problem solving projects involving detailed written solutions will be required. Calculators and computers will be used.


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or
General Education Mathematics or higher *
 
AGR 050
Planned learning activities and experiences designed to cover soil development, functions of soil minerals, soil types, and their class. A major study of soil types in Illinois and Indiana and their conservation practices are included.

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Soils +
3.5 - 4
AGR 205
Application of the basics in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects in soils. Soils of Illinois and Indiana are emphasized along with concepts of fertility, conservation, and field descriptions.

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or
Soil Science *
 
AGR 153
Designed to familiarize students with custom application equipment. Emphasis is placed on regulations, procedures, safety, environment, and professional conduct.

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Ag Custom Application +
3
AGR 046
An introduction to the vast, complex business of agriculture, ways of doing business, guides for success of a person in the agricultural business of farm machinery technology, and familiarizes the student with the preparation for agricultural production, business, and mechanics jobs.

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Intro to Agricultural Occupations +
1
  Total Semester Hours:
17 - 19
 
Second Semester
SPE 111
Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

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Introduction to Speech Communication
2 - 3
ENG 121
Students will learn how to find, use, assess and document research sources, producing an extended writing project based primarily on library research.


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or
Composition II *
 
ENG 099
Students will continue to enrich the listening, speaking, and writing skills introduced in Communications I. Emphasis is placed on research, report writing, and communication skills for the upwardly mobile career student.


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or
Communications II +++
 
CHM 101
An introductory discussion of chemical principles. Presents a balance between basic knowledge needed to understand the uses of chemicals and applications of chemicals in everyday life.

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Physical Science II +++
3
AGR 152
Scouting skills are taught with emphasis on insects and plant diseases. Life cycles, prevention and control measures are discussed.

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Intensive Crop Scouting +++
3
AGR 041
On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience I +++
3.5
AGR 051
Enables those involved with soils and crops to make intelligent and efficient use of fertilizer materials available.


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Soil Fertility +++
2.5
AGR 111
Use of computers in farm and agri-business management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping and market analysis.

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Introduction to Agriculture Software +++
2 - 3
AGR 112
Covers the effective use of keyboard, manipulating agriculture files, using word processors, spreadsheets, database and presentation software, and discovering available agriculture software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping, and market analysis.

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or
Computer Applications in Agriculture +++
 
  Total Semester Hours:
16 - 18
 
Summer Term
AGR 042
On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience II 1
2.5
AGR 120
An introduction to basic economic concepts of the agricultural sector with emphasis on costs, revenue, price determination, supply and demand, and farm policy.

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Agricultural Economics 1
3
AGR 053
Designed to develop a working knowledge of agricultural chemicals as they are related to herbicides and insecticides. Students should have a working knowledge of calibration and maintenance of agricultural chemical equipment. Identification of major weed species in this area and their control is emphasized.

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Integrated Pest Management 1
3
  Total Semester Hours:
8.5
 

Second Year
First Semester
AGR 151
This class is designed to provide students the opportunity to become familiar with global positioning systems as they relate to agriculture and develop a working knowledge of variable rate systems.

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GPS Applications in AG +
3
AGR 052
Designed to develop needed skills involved in production of the major field crops in central Illinois and Indiana. Plant growth, crop choice, tillage, planting and sowing for maximum yields are emphasized.

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Principles of Crop Production +
3 - 4
AGR 204
Designed to develop a working and scientific knowledge of modern crop production as a germination, growth, reproduction, tillage, and weed control of agricultural field crops. Emphasis is also placed on fertility, diseases and insects.

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or
Field Crop Science +++
 
AGR 090
Covers the fundamentals of basic preventive maintenance for tractors and familiarizes the student with setting and adjusting sprayers, tillage equipment, planters, and combines.

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Principles of Agricultural Mechanics +
2.5
AGR 043
On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience III +
3
No description available

Elective
2
  Total Semester Hours:
13.5 - 14.5
 
Second Semester
POS 160
The fundamental principles of the American Government are summarized. Such topics as federalism, civil liberties, citizenship, parties and elections, the Presidency, Congress, Judiciary, and national policies and politics are discussed within the framework of the American Constitutional system.

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American National Government
3
AGR 044
On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience IV +++
3.5
AGR 132
Covers the practical application of retailing as it affects farm business supplies by divisions merchandising, sales, promotion, personnel control and operation.

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Retailing of Agricultural Supplies +++
2
AGR 133
Covers the basic principles underlying the sales process in agricultural farm supply and practical application and development of sales techniques. Basic to the course is an understanding of the salesperson's obligation to self, his or her company, and his or her customer.

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Agricultural Salesmanship +++
2.5
No description available

Elective **
2
  Total Semester Hours:
13
 

Suggested Electives
AGR 131
Covers the use, sources, and methods of obtaining credit as it applies to farming and the farm supply business.

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Agricultural Business Financing ** +++
2
AGR 134
An analytical approach to financial statements and records of agricultural business, implications and decisions made on the basis of these records.

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Business Analysis and Records ** +++
2
AGR 154
This class will prepare students to take the CDL drivers license exam. Rules and regulations including the performing of safety checks will be covered.

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CDL Training **
2
CIS 094
The basics of the Excel software package will be covered. This includes spreadsheet basics, formulas, functions, charting, data management, and collaborative tools. (Repeatable 3 Times)



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Excel **
2
   

Additional Courses
Additional Courses
BUS 085
Develops a foundation and a working knowledge of the basic accounting procedures. Students will work through the accounting cycle.

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Accounting Process **
1
BUS 151
A study of the financial statements, the accounting process and the principles and procedures underlying items on the financial statements.


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Financial Accounting * **
3
BUS 251
Provides an overview of how managers utilize planning, organization, leadership, and control in order to ensure that a firm achieves its goals in the most efficient way possible.

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Principles of Management **
3
Total Program Hours: 68 - 73

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