Applied Agriculture Studies
Applied Agriculture Studies
Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences
Minimum Credits: 41.5
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
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 degree.
- 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 AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0 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 Term 2 Course Title Credits AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0 AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0 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 General Education Elective (transfer-level) 3.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits 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:
With an annual income range of $45,434 - $63,090 and a projected growth of 6.0%, the career outlook for Applied Agriculture Studies 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
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
Related Student Organizations
Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105
Agriculture Science Instructor
563.562.3263, ext. 132