Dairy Science

A female student with long brown hair works in the dairy barn with the dairy cows.

Dairy Science

Subject Area: Liberal Arts and Transfer

Award: Associate of Science

Minimum Credits: 60

Location: Calmar

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall

Contact email: lawstuend@nicc.edu


Dairy production is a multi-billion dollar economic force in agriculture. Dairy is key in the effort to feed an every-increasing world population. Northeast Iowa Community College provides leadership in dairy science education on a local, regional, national and global basis at the world-class facility in Calmar known as the Dairy Center.

Students enrolling in this program can expect to transfer to a four-year college with junior status after completion of their two-year degree. Career options for graduates who transfer and achieve their B.S. degrees include:

  • Return to and modernizing family dairy operations
  • Management positions on modern dairies
  • Industry jobs with AI firms, milk procurement organizations and local cooperatives
  • Beginning producers starting their own operations

The Dairy Center’s facilities include the “dueling parlor” (half-parallel/half herringbone) complete with the industry’s latest technological advances and a 3-row, 144-stall barn equipped with both slatted floors and an alley scraper for manure collection. The spacious special-needs facility is a focal point of many education activities that occur at the center. The calf center is a premier facility designed to maximize animal and employee performance. The learning environment for the Dairy Science program is unparalleled.

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Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


Dairy Center


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

Dave Lawstuen
Dairly Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 112