Agriculture Business: Precision Agriculture

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

One of the greatest changes that has taken place in agriculture in the last decade is the use of Geographical Information Systems and the Global Positioning System, allowing us to analyze and manage the land at a level never before possible. It can involve anything from grid sampling soils to analyzing the trade territory of an agribusiness. This new technology opens up a wealth of career opportunities for trained individuals, as there are a limited number of people in agriculture who are adequately trained in the use of the technology.

Award: Certificate
Credits: 21
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $4,662*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$19,816 - 72,008

Estimated annual salary range for Agriculture and Animal Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Food Scientist/Technologist
  • Farm and Home Management Advisor
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Plant Scientist
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy 3.0
AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
GIS:206 GIS Data Acquisition and Management 3.0


AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
AGP:333 Precision Farming Systems 3.0

Related Student Organizations

  • Post Secondary Agriculture Students
  • Dairy Science Club
  • Beef Science Club
  • AgriScience Club
Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta
Tad Mueller

Tad Mueller
Instructor, Agriculture

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8111
  • Location: Calmar