Agriculture Business

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Agriculture is becoming a highly specialized and technical industry. As a result, the demand for trained, enthusiastic people greatly exceeds supply. The Agriculture Business program provides graduates with a diverse technical, agricultural background with a combination of classroom theory and hands-on training. Students develop technical agricultural skills necessary in an agribusiness, as well as skills in communications, human relations, management and sales. Internships are an integral part of the program of study. With the increased technology and regulation in agribusiness, there is a high demand for qualified graduates. Students can specialize in the areas of Agriculture Finance and Precision Agriculture.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 68
Locations: Calmar, Online
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

$14,256*
Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,984*

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

  • Applicator
  • Farm Hand
  • Farm Manager
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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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2019-2020 Agriculture Business Class Schedule

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy1 3.0
AGB:330  Farm Business Management3 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114  Survey of the Animal Industry2 2.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0

AGA:283

AGB:333

Pesticide Application Certification OR

Applied Farm Financial Management

2.0

2.0

AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:802 Agribusiness Internship I 2.0

AGP:333

AGS:331

Precision Farming Systems OR

Animal Reproduction

3.0

3.0

COM:723

ENG:105

Workplace Communications OR

Composition I

3.0

3.0

Summer

CourseTitleCredits
Summer
AGB:812 Agribusiness Internship II 2.0

AGA:381

AGS:353

Crop Scouting OR

Animal Genetics

3.0

3.0

Fall

CourseTitleCredits
Fall

ACC:115

ACC:152

Intro to Accounting OR

Financial Accounting

4.0

4.0

AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0

AGS:242

AGP:435

Animal Health OR

Advanced Precision Farming Software

3.0

3.0

PSY:112  Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0

Spring

CourseTitleCredits
Spring

AGA:154

AGS:319

Fundamentals of Soil Science OR

Animal Nutrition

3.0

3.0

AGA:223 Grain Management 3.0
AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management 3.0
AGB:336 Agricultural Selling 3.0

BIO:248

ENV:115

ENV:116

Intro to Bioscience Technology OR

Environmental Science AND

Environmental Science Lab

4.0

3.0

1.0

The Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:

1Crop Science
2Animal Science
3Farm Management

Related Student Organizations

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

Christopher Carlson
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email: carlsonc@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 168
  • Location: Peosta
Tad Mueller

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Faculty

  • Email: muellert@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 866.474.4692, ext. 111
  • Location: Calmar