School of Agriculture

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Agriculture: A Signature Academic Program

Program Details

*GradTrac is not available for Agriculture - Teacher Education

Agriculture is one of four Signature Programs offered within the College of Business and Technology. Western Illinois University's signature programs are noted for their size, unique area of concentration for undergraduate students, or accessibility. The signature programs have garnered recognition for the graduates they produce.

The agriculture programs stand out for the following reasons:

  • Departmental and student service to the agricultural community throughout the region and state
  • Numerous internship opportunities for students
  • More than 15 active student organizations
  • State-of-the-art greenhouse complex for teaching and learning
  • Hands-on experience with traditional, new, and organic crops, as well as with livestock, at WIU agriculture laboratories and agriculture test stations, as well as research at off-campus sites
  • Numerous grants and an international reputation for animal and plant research

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: business and industry, agricultural production, research, teaching, and graduate studies, and government work.

Learning how to feed the world is the central theme of the agriculture programs. The pre-professional programs are designed to prepare students for professional study at other universities at the graduate level.

Minors

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Horticulture
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Plant Breeding - learn more about plant breeding

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Forestry
  • Veterinary Medicine

Learn more about our minors and pre-professional programs

Additional Resources

Alumni Job Titles

Within 5 Years of Graduation
  • Account Manager
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Arborist Trainee
  • Area Service Manager
  • Assistant Urban Forester
  • Data Collection Technician
  • Elevator Manager Trainee
  • Equipment Product Specialist
  • Feeding Facility Manager
  • Field Agronomist
  • Horticultural Sales
  • Landscape Management
  • Line Clearance Work Planner
  • Plant Health Care Technician
  • Sales Manager Trainee
  • Tree Trimmer
5+ Years Past Graduation
  • Ag Lender
  • Certified Arborist
  • City Forester
  • Commodity Trader
  • Crop Insurance Adjuster
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Grain Elevator Manager
  • Grounds Supervisor
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Inventory Arborist
  • Regional Agronomist Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Sales Arborist
  • Sales Development Leader
  • Tree Care Foreperson
  • Utility Forester
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Annual Career Fairs

Employers of Alumni

  • Acres Group
  • Advance Crop Care
  • Agrigold
  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Burrus Hybrids
  • Cargill
  • Case New Holland
  • Consolidated Grain & Barge
  • Crop Production Services
  • Davey Tree
  • Dupont Pioneer
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Good Hope Fertilizer
  • Growmark
  • Hartung Brothers
  • Hummert
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • John Deere
  • Monsanto
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Remington Seeds
  • River Valley Cooperative
  • SAVATREE
  • Spectrum Technologies
  • Syngenta
  • The Maschhoffs
  • Wright Tree Service
  • Wyffels Hbrids
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Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Agriculture (AGRI) Courses

  • AGRI 120 Agriculture in Today’s Society
  • AGRI 200 Special Topics in Agriculture
  • AGRI 220 Introduction to Agribusiness Concepts
  • AGRI 301 Agricultural Internship
  • AGRI 320 Success Strategies in Agriculture
  • AGRI 340 Communicating Agricultural Issues
  • AGRI 376 Applied Genetics in Agriculture
  • AGRI 390 Agricultural Sales
  • AGRI 400 Special Topics in Agriculture
  • AGRI 420 Personal Development and Leadership in Agriculture
  • AGRI 481 Special Problems
  • AGRI 499 Research

Agricultural Economics (AGEC) Courses

  • AGEC 333 Agricultural Marketing
  • AGEC 336 Rural Appraisal
  • AGEC 337 US Agricultural Trade
  • AGEC 342 Agricultural Law
  • AGEC 349 Agribusiness Management
  • AGEC 430 Environmental Economics
  • AGEC 442 Marketing Grain and Livestock Products
  • AGEC 443 Agricultural Finance
  • AGEC 447 Commodities Markets and Futures Trading
  • AGEC 455 Advanced Agricultural Marketing
  • AGEC 457 Market Profile®
  • AGEC 460 US Agricultural Policy

Agricultural Technology Management (AGTM) Courses

  • AGTM 207 Introduction to Precision Agriculture
  • AGTM 250 Introduction to Agricultural Technology Management
  • AGTM 350 Agricultural Machinery
  • AGTM 360 Electrical Power and Equipment in Agriculture
  • AGTM 365 Agricultural Tractors and Engines
  • AGTM 368 Agricultural Shop Skills
  • AGTM 458 Agricultural Construction and Confined Animal Environments
  • AGTM 461 Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • AGTM 464 Grain Drying, Handling, and Storage Systems
  • AGTM 471 Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • AGTM 472 Agricultural Analysis and Decision Making

Agricultural Education (AGED) Courses

  • AGED 131 Introduction to Agriculture Education
  • AGED 330 Summer Experience in Agriculture Education
  • AGED 331 Program Organization in AgricultureEducation
  • AGED 439 Special Methods in Agriculture
  • AGED 480 Student Teaching

Agronomy (AGRN) Courses

  • AGRN 176 Principles of Crop Science
  • AGRN 373 Integrated Pest Management
  • AGRN 374 Diseases of Economic Plants
  • AGRN 377 Field Crops of the Midwest
  • AGRN 470 Applied Entomology
  • AGRN 472 Principles of Plant Breeding
  • AGRN 476 Crop Biotechnology
  • AGRN 479 Weed Science
Soils
  • AGRN 278 Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • AGRN 378 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • AGRN 473 Nutrient Management
  • AGRN 478 Properties of Soil

Animal Science (ANSC) Courses

  • ANSC 112 Fundamentals of Animal Science
  • ANSC 310 Man and Animal Interaction
  • ANSC 312 Techniques in Livestock Evaluation and Selection
  • ANSC 314 Animal Breeding
  • ANSC 319 Applied Meat Science
  • ANSC 322 Applied Livestock Nutrition and Feeding
  • ANSC 323 Livestock Management
  • ANSC 335 Livestock Merchandising
  • ANSC 413 Livestock Judging
  • ANSC 415 Beef Production and Management
  • ANSC 416 Swine Science
  • ANSC 419 Sheep Science
  • ANSC 424 Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation

Conservation (CONS) Courses

  • CONS 305 Sustainable Agriculture
  • CONS 405 Soil and Water Conservation

Forestry (FOR) Courses

  • FOR 200 Introduction to Forestry
  • FOR 208 Dendrology
  • FOR 209 Basic Tree Worker Skills
  • FOR 406 Arboriculture
  • FOR 407 Urban Forest Management
  • FOR 409 Arboricultural Supervision Practicum

Horticulture (HORT) Courses

  • HORT 180 Introductory Horticulture
  • HORT 370 Plants in the Human Context
  • HORT 380 Landscape Plants I
  • HORT 381 Landscape Plants II
  • HORT 384 Landscape Management
  • HORT 385 Landscape Design
  • HORT 386 Sustainable Landscape Construction
  • HORT 389 Home Horticulture
  • HORT 393 Greenhouse and Nursery Management
  • HORT 484 Sustainable Landscape Practices
  • HORT 485 Turf Management
  • HORT 493 Practicum in Horticultural Science

International Agriculture (INAG) Courses

  • INAG 310 International Agriculture in Developing Countries
  • INAG 361 International Agriculture Travel Study in the Western Hemisphere
  • INAG 362 International Agriculture Travel Study in the Eastern Hemisphere

Contact

School of Agriculture (Ag)

Dr. Andrew Baker, Director
Email: AJ-Baker@wiu.edu
Location: Knoblauch Hall 145
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1080
Fax: (309) 298-2280

Ag Website

Ag Directory

Ag Advising

Ember Keithley, Academic Advisor
Email: EL-Keithley@wiu.edu
Location: Knoblauch Hall 110
Phone: (309) 298-2100
Fax: (309) 298-2568
Website: Knoblauch Hall Advising

College of Business & Technology (CBT)

Dr. William Bailey, Interim Dean
Email: WC-Bailey@wiu.edu
CBT Email: cbt@wiu.edu
Location: Stipes Hall 101
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039

CBT Website

CBT Directory

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