College and Career Readiness - McHenry West High School

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources - Coursework and Careers

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The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning, implementation, production, management, process, and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical, and educational services.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Animal Systems
  • Power, Structural and Technical Systems
  • Natural Resources Systems
  • Environmental Service Systems
  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Food Scientist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Agriculture Teacher
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Agricultural Sales Director
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.


Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • Intro to Foods & Nutrition
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Business
  • Honors Intro to Engineering & Design
  • Power Mechanics
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Commercial Foods
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Accounting I
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • Global Issues
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Sociology
  • World Language III
  • Accounting II
  • Living on Your Own
  • AP Psychology
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language
  • MCC - Culinary


Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names
Certificate Construction Codes Certificate

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.


Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.


For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal science
  • Crop science
  • Environmental science
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture

There are many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs in these areas of study. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.