Applied Agriculture Studies

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

The Applied Agriculture Studies diploma program is designed for students interested in an entry-level agriculture career. Courses in this program emphasize hands-on learning. The education plan is outlined so students can complete the program in one year, although most students pursue a less aggressive schedule taking two to three years to complete the program.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 36
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $7,992*

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

  • Agronomist
  • Custom Applicator
  • Farm Hand
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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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2018-2019 Applied Agriculture Studies Class Schedule


AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry² 2.0



Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment OR

Intro to Geographical Information Systems



AGS:344 Agricultural Equipment, Selection, Operation and Maintenance 1.0
AGB:330 Farm Business Management3 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0





Pesticide Application Certification OR

Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding



AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
AGC:802 Agriculture Production Internship I 2.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0


AGC:812 Agriculture Internship II 2.0

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

Gainful Employment Information

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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

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta