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SPRINGFIELD — Agricultural sciences will now count toward the requirement for three years of sciences needed to gain admission to an Illinois public university under a plan backed by State Senator Doris Turner’s (D-Springfield).
“Agricultural science is important to Illinois – farms and agricultural
products are still a major part of our economy,” Turner said. “I hope more students work and study in this field now that we’ve expanded university entrance requirements.”
Currently, the minimum requirements to gain admission to state univer- sities include at least 15 units of high school coursework in the following subjects: English, social studies, mathematics, (laboratory) sciences and electives in either foreign language, music, vocational education, or art.
Some colleges accept agricultural science as a science course, but not all do. This law will add uni- formity.
“Students should feel confident and passionate about their choice when selecting a science class,” Turner said. “This is a great way to get high school students interested in agricultural sciences before entering a state university.”
Senate Bill 1624 was signed into law and will become effective Jan. 1, 2022.