Agriculture Environmental Science

A  female student uses a GPS device while standing in a field as students stand behind her in the background.

Agriculture Environmental Science

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 21

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring

Contact email:


With the new technologies in the environmental sciences, there is a demand for additional training for individuals in this area. This certificate combines the basic skills in crop production with advanced training in GIS and GPS technology. Most of the courses are available entirely online or by meeting one day a week, enabling individuals already active in the industry to expand and improve their skills.

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
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
GIS:206 GIS Data Acquisition and Management 3.0


Term 2
AGA:154 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3.0
AGA:853 Certified Crop Advisor Review 1.0
ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0

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

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $31,158 -$82,160 and a projected growth of 28.3%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business - Environmental 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.

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