Dairy Science Technology

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

The Dairy Science Technology program is nationally-recognized for its academic rigor and excellence, experiential and hands-on learning approaches, and classroom instruction that teaches both theory and applied concepts. As a student in this two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program, you will develop your skills in and knowledge of innovations and advanced technologies that impact successful dairy operations.

Dairy Science Technology students are trained in many areas of animal husbandry including, but not limited to, artificial insemination; vaccinations and treatments including IV, Sub-Q and IM; ration evaluation, balancing, mixing and delivery; feed harvest, storage, and nutrient testing; genomics and sire selection; milk sampling, culturing and milk harvest prep procedures; milk marketing and feed purchasing; facility design of parlors, freestalls, and manure storage; neonatal care of dairy calves and replacement heifers; and financial analysis, including cost of production and profitability return.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 77
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $17,094*

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

  • Assistant Herdsman
  • Feed Technician
  • Herdsman
  • Milker
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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 Dairy 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
AGS:111 Intro to Dairy Science 1.0


AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0
AGS:336 Dairy Management Lab I 2.0
AGS:805 Dairy Internship I 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


AGS:346 Dairy Robotics 1.0
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:337 Principles of Dairy Production 3.0
AGS:339 Dairy Management Lab II 2.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0

Term 5

Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGB:245 Agricultural Risk Management OR 3.0
AGB:336 Agricultural Selling 3.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0
AGS:342 Dairy Business Analysis 1.0
BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology OR 4.0
ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations OR 3.0
PSY:111 Introduction to Psychology 3.0

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:

1Crop Science
2Animal Science

Related Student Organizations

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


  • Dairy Center
Chris Carlson

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

  • Email: carlsonc@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta
Dave Lawstuen

David Lawstuen
Agriculture Faculty

  • Email: lawstuend@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8112
  • Location: Calmar