Animal Science

An instructor stands with a model of a cow's biological structure while male and female students gather around to listen to his explanation.

Animal Science

Subject Area: Liberal Arts and Transfer

Award: Associate of Science

Minimum Credits: 60

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall

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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
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Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

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