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217-872-4051 - Attendance
217-872-4050 - Main number
217-876-0918 - Fax

School Hours

Morning: 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Agricultural Sciences and Pre-Veterinary Studies

Year One

Students learn basic concepts in animal, plant, and soil science, commodity marketing, biotechnology, food science, ecosystems, conservation, hydroponics, as well as an introduction to agribusiness, starting and operating an agricultural business, and agribusiness in the world market.

Year Two

Students focus on a series of lab based lessons in plant, animal and food science. Topics include making ethanol and biodiesel, germination techniques, hatching chicks, chemistry of popcorn and making "Dippin' Dots" style ice cream. Veterinary studies prepares for a career in vet medicine by proving a comprehensive intro to animal industry. Topics include breed identification, safe handling, infectious diseases, general health, nutrition, and reproductive issues. Students will perform a six week internship at a local animal health related facility. Students will earn college credit through Richland Community College by taking this class.


Mr. Carlson

Course Location

Richland Community College

Areas of Study

  • Animal Science - Nutrition
  • Plant Science - Horticulture
  • Soil Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Environmental Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Agri-Business Management
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Aqua-Cultural Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

Dual Credit  

To learn about dual credit and see all the Tech Academy programs which offer credit through Richland Community College, visit our Dual Credit page.


Tech Academy Course

Richland Course/Credit

Tech Academy  Course

Richland Course/Credit

Total Possible Credits

1st Year  Students

2nd  Year  Students

Agricultural Science  - 1st Semester



Contemporary Issues of Agriculture
AGRIC 195 - 3 Credits


Biological Science Applications
- 1st Semester



Crop Science  AGRIC 130 - 4 credits






Ag Biotechnology / Environmental Science 2nd Semester

None Available

Pre-Veterinary Studies / Work Based Learning- 2nd Semester Animal Science - AGRIC 106 -4 Credits