Agricultural Studies

Gain hands-on agriculture production experience while earning an Associate in Applied Science degree. As technology continues to evolve, workers need as much specialized training as possible to prepare for a career in the agricultural industry. You will receive on-the-job training working on our 300+ acre college-owned farm.

With the option to specialize in crops, swine or beef, you will become familiar with a wide variety of production methods and examine the latest developments in agriculture technology. In addition to working in the farm laboratory, you will become acquainted with today’s technologies, which include GPS/ GIS, VRT, real-time Ultra-sound, electronic identification, artificial insemination, embryo transfer and various computer software programs.

Start your career in the production sector of agriculture with the skills and experience of a specialist. Gain knowledge of agriculture principles as well as the role of marketing and effective communication in agriculture. Through our Occupational Experience portion of the program, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn money while gaining experience in the agribusiness environment

Faculty Contact

Kelly Dodge
Assistant Professor | Agriculture Programs
712-852-5329 |
Stacey Benson
Associate Professor | Agriculture Technology
712-852-5232 |
Tom Quastad
Assistant Professor | Agriculture Programs
712-852-5239 |

Program Details


DEGREE: Diploma (34 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmesburg

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Starting Salary: $29,108

Average Salary: $42,607

Projected Employment Growth: 0.5%

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Term 1

Credits: 3

An introduction to basic soil formation, classification, physical properties, water, organic matter, pH, and fertility.

Credits: 3

This course includes basic knowledge of computer hardware, software and operation with an agriculture emphasis. Students will explore agricultural related applications.

Credits: 1

This course teaches American Red Cross basic first aid and American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Students will obtain a 10-Hour Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) card, included in this training: tractor safety, chemical safety, and livestock safe handling practices.

Credits: 3

Provides the student with math skills relating to agricultural economics, agribusiness, animal science, agronomy, and agricultural mechanics. Applies the basic math functions and basic algebra to practical agricultural situations.

Credits: 3

A course in elementary mathematical skills for technicians. Topics covered include fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and signed numbers; percents; geometric figures and basic constructions; area and volume formulas; English/Metric systems; measurements; and basic algebraic equations and applications.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score

Credits: 3

This is a general survey course which includes sets; number systems; elementary algebra; exponents; equations and inequalities; fractions; ratios; proportion and variation; probability and statistics; elementary graphing; consumer mathematics; and an introduction to geometry.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MAT 054 – Math Strategies

Credits: 3

Occupational Experience

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction in animal science including vari­ous species and breeds of domestic animals and gives them an appreciation for the principles of production, biological principles, stewardship, and animal industries as they relate to animal pro­duction in the U.S. and the world.

Credits: 1

This course is an orientation to curriculum and career opportunities in the Agriculture Industry. Emphasis of the course will be placed on
curriculum planning and career exploration including identifying interests, abilities, and value. Learners will be exposed to the various
opportunities available throughout their program of study. This course will acquaint students with basic skills and practices for the agriculture

Choose AGC 130, MAT 772 or MAT 110
Plus choose Ag Electives: 2 credits

Term 2

Credits: 3

Covers the basic principles of crop production, including classification, soil-plant interrelationships and growth process in response to environment.

Credits: 3

Examination of nutritional principles, digestive systems, composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs, ration formulation and recommended animal feeding programs.

Credits: 3

Students are given the opportunity to apply human relations concepts and evaluate experience and observations. Social skills required in various occupational settings will be developed, emphasizing how appropriate personal attitudes lead to social and business success.

Plus choose Ag Electives: 5 credits
Ag Lab: 1 credit