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: 74
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,428*

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®, 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 Beef Science Technology Class Schedule


AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy1 3.0
AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry2 2.0
AGS:344 Agricultural Equipment, Selection, Operation, and Maintenance 1.0
AGS:354 Applied Animal Selection and Improvement 2.0
SDV:179 *The College Experience 3.0


AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science 3.0
AGS:253 Spring Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
AGS:830 Beef Production Internship 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0


AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
AGS:251 Beef Production Management 3.0
AGS:252 Fall Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management OR 3.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology OR 4.0
ENV:115 Environmental Science 4.0

This 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:

1Animal Science
2Crop Science

Related Student Organizations

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


  • Dairy Center
  • Cow-Calf Facilities
  • Feedlot
Chris Carlson

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

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