Departmental Honors in Agriculture is available to qualified juniors and seniors. The student completing the Honors Program graduation requirements will graduate “with Honors in Agriculture,” which will be indicated on the student’s official transcript and diploma.
Admission to the Honors Program in Agriculture requires a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of post-secondary courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. In order to graduate as an Honors Graduate in Agriculture, a student must fulfill the general requirements for participation in the University Honors Program. Students must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher; a cumulative grade point of 3.70 or higher for all courses taken in the Department of Agriculture; successfully completed two in-course honors in 200-level or higher courses in the student’s technical area; successfully completed one in-course honors course in a 200-level or higher course offered outside the Department of Agriculture; and successfully completed a minimum of three credit hours of AGR 299, Independent Study. The Department of Agriculture offers in-course honors work in all its courses for students enrolled in the University Honors Program or in any departmental honors program. In-course work is offered at the discretion of the instructor. Further details about the University Honors program are available at Honors.IllinoisState.edu.
Major in Agriculture
In meeting program requirements in the Department of Agriculture, the student should note that the courses are considered in areas, as follows:
- General courses: AGR 109, AGR 198, AGR 201, AGR 203, AGR 205, AGR 287, AGR 291, AGR 302, AGR 303, AGR 398
- Agribusiness: AGR 110, AGR 213, AGR 214, AGR 215, AGR 216, AGR 311, AGR 312, AGR 313, AGR 314, AGR 315, AGR 317, AGR 318, AGR 319, AGR 320, AGR 324
- Agricultural Education: AGR 190, AGR 191, AGR 295, AGR 394, AGR 395
- Agriculture Engineering Technology: AGR 130, AGR 225, AGR 231, AGR 232, AGR 234, AGR 235, AGR 304, AGR 383
- Agronomy: AGR 150, AGR 157, AGR 251, AGR 272, AGR 304, AGR 305, AGR 306, AGR 346, AGR 352, AGR 355, AGR 357, AGR 362, AGR 363
- Animal Science: AGR 170, AGR 220, AGR 236, AGR 271, AGR 272, AGR 275, AGR 280, AGR 282, AGR 283, AGR 285, AGR 286, AGR 288, AGR 292, AGR 308, AGR 309, AGR 325, AGR 326, AGR 327, AGR 363, AGR 365, AGR 372, AGR 375, AGR 380
- Horticulture and Landscape Management: AGR 120, AGR 150, AGR 157, AGR 252, AGR 254, AGR 255, AGR 256, AGR 257, AGR 262, AGR 352, AGR 353, AGR 355
Students in the Agriculture major must complete one of the following sequences.
The Agribusiness sequence includes courses in agriculture, agribusiness, economics and business. Graduates find career opportunities in sales, finance, grain and livestock marketing, farm management, food industry management and the commodity futures industry. Students graduating in this sequence with the combination of business, science and applied agriculture courses are sought after and valuable employees in the agricultural industry.
Agriculture Communication and Leadership Sequence
The Agriculture Communication and Leadership sequence combines a broad background in agriculture and elements of education and leadership training with coursework and experiences in the field of communication to prepare students for a wide variety of opportunities in the agricultural press, corporate communications, extension education, and a variety of non-formal education careers.
Agronomy Management Sequence
The Agronomy Management sequence emphasizes a broad knowledge of agricultural production, science, and agribusiness management. Graduates are employed by companies as crop consultants, for sales and marketing of equipment, and by companies specializing in agronomic products including seed, fertilizer, and pesticides. Additionally, career opportunities are available with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, including such organizations as Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Extension Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Animal Industry Management Sequence
Students in the Animal Industry Management sequence generally seek a curriculum balanced between animal science and agricultural business. This program is suggested for students seeking careers in animal production, animal product sales, and agribusinesses with an animal emphasis.
Animal Science Sequence
Students completing the Animal Science sequence generally seek a strong science-based curriculum. This program is suggested for students working toward careers in veterinary medicine, animal research, and technical expertise for businesses specializing in genetics, reproduction, nutrition or pharmaceuticals. Students interested in graduate school should consider enrolling in this sequence.
Crop and Soil Science Sequence
The Crop and Soil Science sequence emphasizes the scientific aspects of agronomy including improving plant production, quality, and profit by utilizing plant genetics and breeding and improving the soil physical, chemical and microbial characteristics to enhance crop production.
Food Industry Management Sequence
The Food Industry Management sequence prepares students for careers in management in food industry. Food Industry Management graduates work as sales representatives, commodity merchandisers, market analysts, supply chain managers for retail food companies, agricultural business organizations, market research firms, government agencies, and financial institutions.
Horticulture and Landscape Management Sequence
The Horticulture and Landscape Management sequence includes courses in horticultural management and business operations. Graduates of the Horticulture and Landscape Management sequence are employed nationwide in the landscape design/build/maintenance, turf grass, greenhouse and nursery industries.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Sequence
This sequence prepares students for entry into schools or colleges of Veterinary Medicine. The program of study includes Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses. Graduates of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM may find career opportunities in clinical practice, with government agencies and in private industry.
Agriculture Teacher Education Sequence
Agriculture is a thriving industry. From companies providing input supplies to the fast-paced distribution and retail food industry, the demand for entry level workers is strong. Providing high quality entry level workers begins in the classroom. Those classrooms need quality teachers. Whether your career goals lie in the classroom or elsewhere, consider agricultural education.
Minor in Agriculture
Agriculture is a versatile minor which blends well with an array of majors throughout Illinois State. Agriculture minors can customize their courses, taking classes on diverse topics or concentrating on specific areas including Animal Science, Agribusiness, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and several others. Agriculture courses will prepare students to enter one of the world's leading industries and a strong job market. Adding an Agriculture minor will increase an individual's marketability in fields that strive to improve the world we live in.
24 total hours required
- AGR 109
- Electives in AGR to satisfy the 24 total credit hours required (2 courses must be at the 100-level)