Agricultural Science Icon.   Agriculture: Crop and Soil Sciences

The study of crops and soils provides opportunities for careers in crop production, crop protection, crop agribusiness management and merchandising, soil conservation, ecology and management. Completing the following courses will permit you to begin college at 1 Illinois school and later transfer to another. Remember to consult with your academic advisor early and often!

Major Directive

Updated: September 28, 2010

The major panel courses recommended will be accepted as credit toward the major at the receiving institutions listed. Credit will either be accepted as a course equivalent or be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.

  • Once a transfer institution is chosen, students should consult the appropriate transfer guide as soon as possible for guidance on the most successful transfer path .Click here to view other Articulation Agreements..
  • Note that if the receiving institution does not offer the course or does not offer it at the lower-division level, the student will receive elective lower-division major credit for the course but may be required to take the course at the upper division level.
  • Receiving institutions may still require additional lower division courses to satisfy the major requirements, but students transferring should be able to complete the remaining courses in the same time that a native student can be reasonably expected to do so.
  • Approval of this list of recommended courses does not guarantee that the student will be admitted to the receiving institution or to that major.

The following institutions have agreed to the major courses listed below:

PART I: Agriculture - Crop and Soil Sciences IAI Major Recommendations
PART II: Agriculture - Crop and Soil Sciences IAI GECC Recommendations

PART I:  Agricultural - Crop and Soil Science IAI Major Recommendations
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Crop and Soil Science Core Courses 18-20 semester credits
Agricultural Courses
AG 903 - Introduction to Crop Science (4 semester credits)
AG 904 - Introduction to Soil Science (4 semester credits)
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In addition, students should select additional Agriculture core courses in consultation with an Agriculture advisor from the following page: Agriculture Electives.
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Non-Agricultural Courses
CHM 912 - General Chemistry II with Laboratory (4-5 semester credits)
BIO 910- Introduction to Biological Sciences (4-5 semester credits)
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NOTE: Students may take both CHM 912 and the second course in the sequence of BIO 910 if the student chooses. This may help students be more prepared for the scientific rigors of the baccalaureate major.
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Other Recommendations
Recommended Prerequisite:

All agriculture majors need to be computer literate. You must be able to negotiate an operating system such as OS/2, DOS, or Windows; access the Internet; and use word processing, database and spreadsheet software. If you cannot do this, first take:

AG 913 - Introductory Microcomputer Skills in Agriculture (0-3 semester credits)

PART II: Agriculture - Crop and Soil Science IAI GECC Recommendations Minimum 37 semester credits

Invisible dotThese are the specific courses in the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) that should be taken for this emphasis.

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Communication: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select a two-course sequence in writing (6 semester credits) with a grade of  "C" or better and,
Select 1 course in oral communication (3 semester credits).
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Mathematics: 1 course (3 semester credits)
Select at least 1 course in consultation with an Agriculture advisor from -
College-level Calculus, General Education Statistics, Finite Mathematics.
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Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (7-8 semester credits)
Select from Physical Sciences - General Education Chemistry with Laboratory.
Select from Life Sciences - General Education Biology with Laboratory.

(The Physical and Life Sciences requirements can also be satisfied by the first course in the Chemistry sequence and the second course in the Biological Sciences sequence, respectively, from the Illinois Baccalaureate Majors' Recommendations.)
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Humanities and Fine Arts 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 1 course from Humanities,
Select 1 course from Fine Arts and
Select 1 from either Humanities or Fine Arts. - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
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Soc. & Beh. Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines (e.g., no more than 2 courses from, for example, psychology). - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
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Find a GECC course
Click here to find what courses to take to fulfill the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI Gen. Ed.) at any participating college or university in the State. Please use the above information when choosing your courses. You may want to write down the information or print a hard copy of this page.

Agriculture IconIAI Majors: Agriculture
Click here to see the IAI Agriculture page.
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Click here to see the list of all IAI majors.

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