Animal Science


Core Courses

  • Ag Computers
  • Survey of the Animal Industry
  • Principles of Agronomy
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Swine Science
  • Beef Cattle Science
  • Equine Science
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Issues Facing Animal Science
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Employment Experience
  • Electives — Choose from a variety of agriculture and science electives to meet your career and transfer needs and interests.

The Veterinary Assisting program is a three-semester diploma option of the Animal Science program.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 69
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates find employment working in:

  • Livestock production
  • Livestock sales and marketing
  • Livestock processing
  • Animal genetics
  • Small and large farm operations

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $31,900 $46,000 $53,000
Agricultural Inspectors $41,100 $52,500 $58,200
Animal Breeders $24,800 $34,700 $39,600
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $62,200 $90,300 $104,400
Farmworkers $22,400 $33,000 $38,400

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
ADM Alliance Nutrition Quincy, IL
Heartland Co-op West Des Moines, IA
JBS USA Marshalltown, IA
Tyson Foods, Inc. Waterloo, IA
USDA Food Safety Inspection Service

Contact Us

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