Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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School of Agriculture
Bachelor of Science-Agriculture
Students majoring in agriculture may choose one of three options: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Science, or Agriculture-Teacher Certification.
Agriculture in today's world is a business, whether it be farm production, processing and marketing agricultural products, or supplying agricultural inputs. The Agricultural Business / Economics option has courses in agricultural business and economics, science, and agricultural technology. Students learn to apply the concepts, principles and terminology of business (economics, management, finance, marketing and others) to real-world issues and opportunities in the agricultural and life sciences industries.
Students can prepare for careers in agricultural and natural resource related sales, and /or public relations; food, agricultural and natural resource commodity groups, agricultural finance; governmental and conservation agencies; the Cooperative Extension Service; land use and appraisal; and international agriculture agencies.
Students that undergo a curriculum in agricultural education are preparing themselves to teach in public schools or regional vocational agriculture centers. Those students who specialize in animal science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, or natural resources conservation add teaching, managerial, and human relations to their backgrounds by completing the Agricultural Education program at Western Illinois University.
Becoming an agricultural education major gives one the opportunity to work with people while still working within the agricultural field. The main focus of an agricultural teacher is to teach students about the food, fiber, and natural resources industries. Agricultural teachers often work in hands-on learning environments and will teach both inside and outside. An agricultural teacher must teach technical, leadership, and management skills to middle and high school students going into agricultural careers or going on to further their education in agriculture. The National FFA Organization plays an important role in agricultural education by providing life skills that students need for a successful career in Agriculture. Most Agriculture teachers incorporate the learning-by-doing method in their approach to teaching. This allows the students to experience work that is directly related to the kinds of careers that they would like to pursue.