Ag. Business – Animal Science

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Ag. Business – Animal Science

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 21

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email:


The Animal Science certificate allows students to tailor their training into a variety of areas of animal production. In addition to taking the background courses in animal science, students can choose to specialize in a particular species or area.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry¹ 2.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
AGS:xxx Animal Science Elective 3.0
* Animal Science Lab Elective 2.0


Term 2
AGS:101 Working With Animals 2.0
AGS:319 Anmial Nutrition 3.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0


Animal Science Lab Electives: AGS:244, AGS:326, AGS:334

¹Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking Animal Science at your high school.


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $21,736 - $63,668 and a projected growth of 18%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business - Animal Science graduates is outstanding.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

Sample Job Titles

Dairy Farm Employee

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

Program Facilities

Dairy Science Center, Dairy Science Center Cropland

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111