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Animal Science

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Science


Meat production is a multi-billion dollar economic force in agriculture. Beef, pork, poultry and lamb production are key in the effort to feed an ever-increasing world population with growing food demands. Northeast Iowa Community College has expanded its leadership in agriculture education to include the management of food animal production locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

Students enrolling in this program can expect to immediately enter into the workforce after completion of their two-year degree or they can transfer to a four-year college to pursue a B.S. degree. Career options for graduates include:

  • Return to and modernizing family operations
  • Management positions on feedlots, farrowing units or large cow/calf operations
  • Industry jobs with AI firms or local producer-owned cooperatives
  • Beginning producers starting their own operations

Animal Science

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Animal Science

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 64

View the printable Ed Plan.

Completion of Associate of Science degree requirements AND

AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry 2.0
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGS:806 Animal Science Internship 2.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0
BIO:112 General Biology I 4.0
BIO:113 General Biology II 4.0
ENG:106 Composition II 3.0
MAT:120 College Algebra 3.0
MAT:156 Statistics 3.0
  Chemistry Elective 3.0
  Chemistry Lab Elective 1.0
 * Computer Elective 1.5
 * General Electives  9.5


Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200
General Electives: AGA:114, AGS:216, AGS:224, AGS:226, AGS:242, AGS:244, AGS:319, AGS:326, AGS:331, AGS:334, AGS:353, AGS:354, BIO:183, BIO:184, BIO:248

Animal Science

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $20,588 - $24,021 - Region 1: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
  • $33,985 - $54,741 - Statewide: First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming/Fishing/Forestry Workers
  • $22,337 - $28,594 - Statewide: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • $16,966 - $25,698 - Statewide: Animal Breeders
  • $18,476 - $23,788 - Statewide: Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  • $40,793 - $76,741 - Statewide: Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Animal Science

Additional Information:

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


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

Dave Lawstuen
Dairy Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 112

Chris Harvey
Dairy Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 118