Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

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Ag. Pro - Applied Agriculture Studies

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 41.5

Location: Calmar

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 Agriculture Production (AAS) degree.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment. 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.
Academic Requirements

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

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,988 - $50,401 and a projected growth of 5.2%, the career outlook for Agriculture Production - Applied Agriculture Studies graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

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

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


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

Nate Gebel
Agriculture Production Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105

Dan Lane
Agriculture Science Instructor
563.562.3263, ext. 132