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Dairy Science

Campus Location: Calmar

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Science


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.

Dairy Science

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Dairy Science

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 63.5

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Completion of Associate of Science degree requirements AND

AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy 3.0
AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry 2.0
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0
AGS:337 Principles of Dairy Production 3.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0
ENG:106 Composition II 3.0
MAT:156 Statistics 3.0
  Chemistry Elective 3.0
  Chemistry Lab Elective 1.0
* Computer Elective 1.5
* General Electives 3.0
  Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
  Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200

General Electives: AGS:242,  AGS:244, AGS:319, AGS:326, AGS:328, AGS:331, AGS:334, AGS:342, AGS:343, AGS:344, AGS:353, AGS:354, AGS:805, BIO:112, BIO:113, BIO:248


Dairy Science

Employment Information:

Click here to read Dairy Science alumni success stories.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $26,733 - $35,350 - Region 1: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery and Greenhouse
  • $33,985 - $54,741 - Statewide: First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming/Fishing/Forestry Workers
  • $22,337 - $28,594 - Statewide: Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • $16,966 - $25,698 - Statewide: Animal Breeders
  • $18,476 - $23,788 - Statewide: Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  • $40,793 - $76,741 - Statewide: Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Fredericksburg Farmers Coop, Fredericksburg, IA

Sample Job Titles


Dairy Science

Additional Information:

Related Student Organizations

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