As the world’s largest commercial industry, Agriculture provides more career opportunities than any other industry. Richland offers an Associate of Science in Agriculture, which prepares students to transfer to a four college or university to complete a Bachelor of Science.

The program also offers students attending Richland the option of completing a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree.  Specializations within this degree option include: Agronomy, Agribusiness and Horticulture.

Degree Options

  • Baccalaureate Transfer Option
  • Agriculture Transfer – A.A. or A.S.

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

Richland Community College and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have formed a cooperative relationship through a guaranteed transfer agreement. Any student who has completed the prescribed Guaranteed Transfer Agreement at RCC (with the required 2.50 GPA and foreign language requirement) and submits required application and supporting documentation will automatically be admitted to UIUC at the junior level in the prescribed field of study in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

  • Career and Technical Education Option
  • Associate of Applied Science in Agronomy
  • Associate of Applied Science in Agribusiness

Sustainable Agriculture Specialty in Agribusiness

Interest in local food systems including farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture and direct sales from the farm has created a need for more local production of sustainable horticultural food crops. This field of study is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community-based small farm or agricultural business. Students will learn the fundamentals of sustainable agriculture, focusing on crop production, sustainable livestock production and farm business with an emphasis on practical field training on the student farm located on the Richland campus.


Ornamental Horticulture is a profession that combines the creativity of design with the knowledge of science and the practical experience of making projects successful.  Students will gain a thorough knowledge and practical experience in landscape design, landscape maintenance, greenhouse production, integrated pest management, tree and shrub maintenance, mechanics, and landscape construction

  • Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture
  • Certificates – Greenhouse, and Landscape & Turf

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