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Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

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Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Diploma


The Applied Agriculture Studies diploma program is designed for students interested in an entry-level agriculture career. Courses in this program emphasize hands-on learning. The education plan is outlined so students can complete the program in one year, although most students pursue a less aggressive schedule taking two to three years to complete the program. Students who complete this program and who wish to continue their studies to complete a full degree can have a seamless transition to the Agriculture Production (AAS) degree.

Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® 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.

Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 41.5

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry² 2.0
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
AGX:8XX Agriculture Internship 2.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps OR 3.0
SDV:200 Intro to Computers 1.5
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
  General Education Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Term 2
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
AGX:8XX Agriculture Internship 2.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0
SDV:135 Job Seeking Skills 1.0
  Agriculture Elective 3.0


Term 3
AGX:8XX Agriculture Internship 2.0
  Agriculture Electives 5.0

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
¹Crop Science
²Animal Science

Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

Employment Information:

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $26,733 - $35,350 - Region 1: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
  • $20,588 - $24,021 - Region 1: Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals
  • $16,966 - $25,698 - Statewide: Animal Breeders
  • $40,793 - $76,741 - Statewide: Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Borgen Farms, Chatfield, MN
Coop, St. Charles, MN
Decorah Lanesboro Sales Commission, Decorah, IA
Farmer's Coop, Spring Grove and Wells, MN
Farmer's Mill, Provitin, IA
Farmer's Union Coop, West Union, IA
Mark and Dale Elsbernd, Calmar, IA
Meyer Farms, Caledonia, MN
Pork & Beans Farms, Preston, IA
Small Family Dairy, Lawler, IA

Sample Job Titles

Custom Applicator
Farm Hand

Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

Additional Information:

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


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

Nate Gebel
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105