Beef Science Technology

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

The Beef Science Technology program provides hands-on experience that enables students to be successful in today's beef industry. The state-of-the-art Beef Science Education Center offers students the opportunity to interact with cattle in a safe and efficient cattle handling system. The program offers a diversified education on many topics such as genetics, reproduction, nutrition, feeding, health and financial management. Along with the many experiences on campus, students have the opportunity to participate in field trips to many successful cattle operations and beef industry businesses both in Iowa and around the country. Students also have the opportunity to take part in quality internships that provide a wealth of knowledge and exposure to successful beef industry professionals.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 72
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,128*

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

  • Beef Procuring Specialists
  • Feed and Nutrition Consultants
  • Cattle Ranchers
  • Feedlot Managers
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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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

Related Student Organizations

  • Postsecondary Agriculture Students
  • Dairy Science Club
  • Beef Science Club
  • AgriScience Club


  • Dairy Center
  • Cow-Calf Facilities
  • Feedlot

Sara Schaefer
Agriculture Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8105
  • Location: Calmar

Bruce Bearinger
Dean of Agriculture, Animal Science and Transportation

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8128
  • Location: Dairy Center