Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Associate of Science Degree with Emphasis in Agriculture

Degree Conferred: Associate of Science Program and Information
Contact: Sciences Division, (815) 921-3471 

Program Overview

The Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Agriculture will prepare students for transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree in preparation for a career in the fields of agriculture and consumer science. Students interested in agricultural production, marketing and merchandising, research and development, or public policy can find a career in agriculture. Through a partnership with the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), Rock Valley College is a partner in a collaborative initiative known as ACES ACCESS. Students will take four introductory agricultural science courses (one per semester for four semesters) taught by University of Illinois professors. The four courses will be offered through the University of Illinois-Champaign by an online delivery method. Travel to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for one- or two-lab sessions at the agricultural
lab facility will be required within the semester. All other course requirements will be completed at Rock Valley College.


Students completing an A.S. degree with an emphasis in Agriculture will be prepared to transfer to one of four participating universities: University of Illinois-Champaign, Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University. Students who transfer to one of these universities will have
opportunities to specialize in a wide variety of agricultural fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Agricultural and Environmental Communications
  • Education
  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Technical Systems Management