Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indiana's economy, with a $20 billion annual impact. From farmers to researchers to technicians and sale people, agriculture spans many and varied fields. And, as agriculture becomes more productive and high-tech, the need for trained college graduates in these careers is increasing.
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Agriculture from Ivy Tech will give you the classroom and hands-on experience you'll need to enter all of the major branches of agriculture: crops, livestock and ag-business. In addition, you'll be able to choose courses in many specialty areas such as horticulture and precision technologies that tailor your degree to your area of interest.
An Associate of Science (AS) degree in Agriculture prepares you to transfer to Purdue to continue your education in one of 33 majors. Either degree option leads to a career in a diverse industry that will always be with us: feeding the world and leading the way with new innovative technologies.
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WHY CHOOSE THE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM?
Agriculture at Ivy Tech is new, dynamic and exciting. We are constantly updating our curriculum and course offerings to meet the rapidly changing needs of agriculture employers. The Ivy Tech agriculture program has instructors that are experts in their fields with the educational backgrounds and real world experience to prepare their students for success. Whether you complete the Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree, you'll have the tools you need to get ahead in the field of Agriculture.
SAMPLE CAREERS IN THIS FIELD
Custom Applicator, Grain Or Meat Inspector, Seed Sales Representative, Grid Sampling Technician, Flock Supervisor, Grain Elevator Technician, Research Technician, Seed Field Supervisor, Equipment Setup Technician, Feed Sales Representative, Farm Manager, Crop Scout, Herdsman, Biofuels Technician, Greenhouse Grower, Swine Production Manager, Crop Insurance Adjustor, Quality Control Technician, Natural Resource Manager, Aquaculture Technician, Dairy Ai Technician, Precision Ag Technician, Seed Production Manager, Agricultural Retail Sales
Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.
The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the transfer office of your local Ivy Tech. You are also encouraged to contact the institution and consult the current catalog and web page of the institution to which you wish to transfer.