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Agribusiness

Associate in Arts (112)

The agribusiness degree will prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree with a business focus on agriculture. Sauk Valley Community College offers transferable courses in agriculture, and also offers online courses which are taught as part of a partnership between the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois and Illinois Community Colleges. Students who opt to take UIUC's College of ACES courses will use distance education technologies such as Yepas, the synchronous web-based software "Elluminate" (), and online assignments and discussion boards. Courses that include laboratory experience will require one or two Saturday sessions on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. The classes are all taught by University of Illinois faculty, but the student will receive credit towards an associate degree from Sauk Valley Community College.

Students will pay regular Sauk Valley Community College tuition, not U of I tuition, for ACES courses. Credits from either the Agriculture or Agribusiness degree program may be transferred to the U of I or other four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students must have completed all developmental English Language Arts, and math courses prior to registering for the ACES agricultural courses.

Work and Employment
According to the U of I ACES and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 48,000 agricultural-related jobs are available each year in agriculture and more than 300 agricultural careers are available globally. 

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2017-18 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 64 credit hours.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Tuition $7,872.00 $21,248.00 $24,448.00
Fees $744.00 $744.00 $744.00
Course Fees * $80.00 * $80.00 * $80.00
Total Tuition and Fees $8,696.00 $22,072.00 $25,272.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.