Dairy Science Technology
Dairy Science Technology
Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 76
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer
NICC is recognized globally for dairy science education. The world-class facilities at Iowa's Dairy Center are one-of-a-kind. Students are in a classroom environment, and within minutes they move to a modern dairy facility for hands-on practical education.
Iowa's Dairy Center has the latest in dairy science technology for training and next generation of dairy professionals. The facility includes a robotic milking system, as well as the traditional parallel and herringbone parlors. Additionally, the Dairy Center has modern calf, heifer, and dry cow facilities. Furthermore, the Dairy Center offers the latest in agronomic/soil conservation practices producing high quality forages for the dairy operation.
The Dairy Science Technology program boasts a multitude of successful alumni. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Returning, modernizing and becoming the next generation of their family dairy business.
- Management positions on progressive, modern dairy operations.
- Dairy service industry careers which include the AI industry, milking equipment positions (especially robotics), dairy field representatives, dairy feed sales and veterinary clinics.
- Starting their own dairy farm operations.
Dairy Science Technology students are trained in many areas of animal husbandry including, but not limited to, the following:
- Artificial insemination
- Vaccinations and treatments including IV, Sub-Q and IM
- Ration evaluation, balancing, mixing and delivery
- Feed harvest, storage, and nutrient testing
- Genomics and sire selection
- Milk sampling, culturing and milk harvest prep procedures
- Milk marketing and feed purchasing
- Facility design of parlors, freestalls, and manure storage
- Neonatal care of dairy calves and replacement heifers
- Financial analysis, including cost of production and profitability return.
- 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.
Fall Course Title Credits AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0 AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0 AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0 AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry2 2.0 AGS:344 Agricultural Equipment Selection, Operation, and Maintenance 1.0 AGS:354 Applied Animal Selection and Improvement 2.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Spring Course Title Credits AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0 AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0 AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0 AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0 AGS:335 Principles of Milk Production 3.0 AGS:336 Dairy Management Lab I 2.0 AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0 SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0 Summer Course Title Credits AGS:346 Dairy Robotics 1.0 AGS:805 Dairy Internship I 2.0 Fall Course Title Credits AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0 AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0 AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0 AGS:337 Principles of Dairy Production 3.0 AGS:339 Dairy Management Lab II 2.0 AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0 COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0 ENG:105 Composition I 3.0 Term 5 Course Title Credits AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0 AGB:245 Agricultural Risk Management OR 3.0 AGB:336 Agricultural Selling 3.0 AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0 AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0 AGS:342 Dairy Business Analysis 1.0 BIO:248 Intro to Bioscience Technology OR 4.0 ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience. If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective is required.
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 Dairy Science Technology 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.
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Employers NICC Alumni
Accelerated Genetics, Westby, WI
Alta Genetics, Watertown, WI
Animal Health International, Dyersville, IA
Best Farms Inc, Fort Branch, IN
Crispy Cream Dairy, Hokah, MN
Daley Farms, Lewiston, MN
E&M Farms, Ossian, IA
Harbaugh Dairy, Elkader, IA
Haz-Broy Farms, Lanesboro, MN
Hei/Bri Jersey Dairy, Hawkeye, IA
Klein's Cow Palace, Lake City, MN
Land O'Lakes, Pine Island, MN
Lenhart Dairy, Sutherland, IA
McAllister Dairy, New Vienna, IA
Mills Farm Fleet, Mason City, IA
NICC Dairy Center, Calmar, IA
Obert Farms Inc.
Roadside Dairy, Preston, MN
Schumacher Farms, Plainview, MN
Summit Farm, Lester, 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
Dairy Science Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 112