Undergraduate Catalog

Agriculture

Director: Dr. Andrew J. Baker
Office: Knoblauch Hall 145
Telephone: (309) 298-1080
Fax: (309) 298-2280
Email: AJ-Baker@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/ag

Program Offerings and Locations:

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture: Macomb
  • Minor in Agricultural Economics: Macomb
  • Minor in Agricultural Technology Management: Macomb
  • Minor in Agriculture: Macomb
  • Minor in Agronomy: Macomb
  • Minor in Animal Science: Macomb
  • Minor in Cannabis Production: Macomb
  • Minor in Horticulture: Macomb
  • Minor in Natural Resources Conservation: Macomb
  • Minor in Plant Breeding: Macomb
  • Minor in Precision Agriculture: Macomb

Learning Outcomes

For student learning outcomes, please see wiu.edu/provost/learningoutcomes.

Faculty

Andrango, Atherton, Bacon, Baker, Bernards, Blome, Franken, Gruver, Henning, Hoge, Knupp, Phippen, Trennepohl.

GradTrac

GradTrac is available to Agriculture majors with an option in Agricultural Business or Agricultural Science. See more information about GradTrac.

Honors Curriculum

Academically qualified students in this School are encouraged to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Honors in the Major, or General Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). General Honors includes General Honors coursework. Honors in the Major includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Honors in the Major and General Honors. View more information about honors curricula or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/honors.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture: Master of Business Administration. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.

School Information

Students majoring in Agriculture are provided with a broad education including the physical, biological, and social sciences as well as technical agriculture. Graduates generally enter four diverse areas: (1) business and industry, (2) agricultural production, (3) research, teaching, and graduate studies, and (4) government work.

Learning how to feed the world is the central theme of the three major program options and the pre-professional programs that Agriculture students may choose to study. Students may choose to study Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, or Agricultural Science. Agricultural minors are available in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Science, Cannabis Production, Horticulture, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant Breeding, and Precision Agriculture. Pre-professional programs in Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are also available. The pre-professional programs are designed to prepare students for professional study at other universities at the graduate level.

Career opportunities are available in the following occupational clusters:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Finance/Management
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Cannabis Production
  • Farm Operations
  • Horticulture/Landscape Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Urban Forestry

Degree Program

Bachelor of Science—Agriculture

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete I, II, and III.A, III.B, or III.C below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. Students majoring in Agriculture may choose one of three options— Agricultural Business, Agricultural Science, or Agriculture—Teacher Education. Within each option, a student may choose an area of technical competency or specialization. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. A maximum of 6 s.h. of unstructured classes (AGRI 200, 301, 400, 481, 499) may be counted in the major. A minimum of 24 s.h. of Agriculture classes must be taken at WIU or other four-year institutions. A maximum of 29 s.h. may be taken in coursework which would be considered part of a major or minor in traditional business disciplines (Accountancy, Business Law, Business and Technology, Decision Sciences, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management).

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rule, all candidates seeking a Professional Education License or endorsement are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C-” or better in all directed general education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. This rule does not supersede course prerequisite requirements in the catalog that specify a letter grade.

Please see the Teacher Education section of this catalog for more information about WIU’s Teacher Education Program.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 9 s.h.
    AGRI 120, 220, 320, 340†, 420
  3. Options of Study (select A, B, or C)
    1. Agricultural Business
      1. Special Courses: AGEC 333, 342, and 349: 10 s.h.
      2. Agriculture Electives
        1. Select one course from three of the following five groups: 9–11 s.h.
          1. AGTM 207 or 250
          2. AGRN 176 or HORT 180
          3. AGRN 278
          4. ANSC 112 or ANSC 310
          5. FOR 200 or FOR 208
        2. Additional courses from the School of Agriculture to be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor: 20–22 s.h.
      3. Other Requirements**
        1. ACCT 201, 202: 6 s.h.
        2. AGEC 443, FIN 311, FIN 331, or FIN 401: 3 s.h.
        3. ECON 231, 232: 6 s.h.
        4. MATH 123 or higher level: 3 s.h.
        5. MATH 137 or STAT 171: 3 s.h.
        6. Select 6 s.h. from the following: 6 s.h.
          CHIN/FR/GER/JPN/ SPAN 121, 122, 223, 224; COMM 130; PHIL 100, 120, 140, 205
        7. Select one course from the following: 3 s.h.
          COMM 235; GEOG 100; POLS 101, 122, 200, 228, 267; PSY 100; SOC 100
        8. Select one course from the following: 4 s.h.
          BOT 200; CHEM 101, 201; GEOG 121; GEOL 110; GIS 108; METR 120; MICR 200; PHYS 114, 115, 211; ZOOL 200
      4. Open Electives: 16–18 s.h.
    2. Agricultural Science
      1. Agriculture Electives
        1. Select one course from four of the following six groups: 12–16 s.h.
          1. AGTM 207 or 250
          2. AGRN 176 or HORT 180
          3. AGRN 278
          4. ANSC 112 or ANSC 310
          5. AGEC 333 or AGEC 349
          6. FOR 200 or FOR 208
        2. Additional courses from the School of Agriculture to be selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor: 25–26 s.h.
        3. Note: Student must have 49 s.h. in major.
      2. Other Requirements*
        1. CS 101: 3 s.h.
        2. MATH 102, 123, or higher level, or STAT 171: 3 s.h.
        3. Select three courses from the following group (must include one course in Biology and one in Chemistry): 12 s.h.
          BOT 200; CHEM 101, 102, 201, 202; GEOG 121; GEOL 110; GIS 108; METR 120; MICR 200; PHYS 114, 115, 211; ZOOL 200
      3. Open Electives: 20 s.h.
    3. Agriculture—Teacher Education
      The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h. Teacher Education will require additional hours beyond 120 s.h.