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
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 168
  • Location: Peosta

Nathan Gebel
Agriculture Management Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 866.474.4692, ext. 105
  • Location: Calmar

*Approximate cost. Amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. Rates are subject to change.