Agricultural Sciences


Agribusiness and food science are one of Minnesota’s most important industries and provides a variety of related career opportunities. The programs at Riverland offer you opportunities to get the education and experiences needed to enter this growing field. Many agricultural and food science students go directly into the workforce after completing courses at Riverland, while others continue on with their education.  Should you decide to transfer to a four-year college after completing your courses or program at Riverland Community College, there are several options available to you. 

This degree program prepares students to work with agricultural industries such as food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; under supervision, conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.  

NOTE:  See a Riverland counselor for information on prerequisite and transfer of courses. 

Location: Austin
Program Starts:
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Nick Schiltz Dan Hoffman

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Agricultural Sciences program page at

Required Core Courses (17 credits)

AGBS2000 Introduction to Agribusiness Management 3 CR
AGSC1010 Introduction to Agronomy 3 CR
AGSC1020 Introduction to Soil Science 3 CR
AGSC1030 Crop Production 4 CR
AGSC2020 Principles of Animal Science I 4 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (43 credits)

BIOL1091 General Biology I (Goal 2 & 3) 4 CR
BIOL1092 General Biology II (Goal 3 & 10) 4 CR
CHEM1121 General, Organic, and Biochemistry (Goal 3 & 10) 3 CR
ECON1100 Introduction to Economics (Goals 2 & 5) 2 CR
ECON2291 Macroeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
ECON2292 Microeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
GEOG1200 Human Geography (Goal 5 & 10) 3 CR
ENGL1113 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (Goal 6 & 7) 1 CR
GLST1500 Introduction to Global Studies (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
MATH1110 College Algebra (Goal 2 & 4) 3 CR
MATH2021 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 CR
PHIL1130 Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
PHYS1000 Introduction to Physics (Goal 2 & 3) 3 CR
SOCI1103 Social Problems (Goal 5 & 9) 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR
- Physical Education/Health 1 CR