Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 68
Location: Calmar, Online
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
Agriculture is becoming a highly specialized and technical industry. As a result, the demand for trained, enthusiastic people greatly exceeds supply. The Agriculture Business program provides graduates with a diverse technical, agricultural background with a combination of classroom theory and hands-on training. Students develop technical agricultural skills necessary in an agribusiness, as well as skills in communications, human relations, management and sales. Internships are an integral part of the program of study. With the increased technology and regulation in agribusiness, there is a high demand for qualified graduates.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- 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.
Term 1 Course Title Credits 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 GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Term 2 Course Title Credits AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0 AGP:333 Precision Farming Systems OR 3.0 AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science OR 3.0 AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0 AGX:8xx Agriculture Internship Elective 2.0 SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0 Agriculture Electives 2.0 * Electives 3.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits AGB:812 Agribusiness Internship II 2.0 Term 4 Course Title Credits AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0 AGB:245 Agriculture Risk Management 3.0 AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0 Accounting Elective 4.0 Agriculture Electives 3.0 * Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0 Term 5 Course Title Credits AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0 AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0 COM:723 Workplace Communication OR 3.0 ENG:105 Composition I 3.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0 * Elective 3.0
The 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.
Electives: ACC, ADM, AGA, AGC, AGH, AGM, AGP, AGS, AGV, BCA, BIO, BUS, CAD, CIS, ECN, ENG, FIN, FLS, GIS, HIS, MAT, MGT, MKT, PHI, PSY, SDV, WEL
Science Electives: Transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY
Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
With an annual income range of $34,127 - $52,634 and a projected growth of 5.1%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business graduates is growing.
Source: 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. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two-or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
Employers of NICC Alumni
Benson Farm Service, Lewiston, MN
Crop Production Services, Harmony, MN
Five Star Coop, New Hampton, IA
Fredericksburg Farmers Co-op, Waverly, IA
Mills Fleet Farm, Mason City, IA
USDA Farm Service Agency, Spooner, WI
Winfield solutions LLC, St. Paul, MN
Wisconsin River Coop, Adams, WI
Sample Job Titles
Related Student Organizations
Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111