Animal Science

Program Pathways

Meat Science Certificate

The Meat Science certificate program provides students with hands-on training for a career in the meat science industry utilizing up-to-date industry equipment in Hawkeye's meat lab.

Program Details

Award Certificate
Credits 24
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 9 months
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Animal Science – AAS
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suggested sequence of study and cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Livestock Evaluation
  • Microbiology
Term 2
  • Employment Experience
  • Foods of Animal Origin
  • Swine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science

Next step: Continue to the Animal Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or graduate and enter the workforce.

Animal Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 69
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Animal Science – AAS
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suggested sequence of study and cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Ag Computers
  • Principles of Agronomy
  • Survey of the Animal Industry
Term 2
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Applied Math
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Swine Science -OR-
    Equine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science
Term 3
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Issues Facing Animal Science
Term 4
  • Employment Experience
  • Foods of Animal Origin
  • Swine Science -OR-
    Equine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science
Animal Science Electives
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Selling
  • Agriculture Leadership
  • Beef Cattle Science
  • Cash Grains
  • Companion Animal
  • Equine Science
  • Farm Business Management
  • Food Safety and Analysis
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Introduction to Agriculture Markets
  • Livestock Evaluation
  • Pesticide Application Certification
  • Precision Farming Systems
  • Study Abroad
  • Swine Science
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree can also earn the Meat Science certificate or the Veterinary Assisting diploma by completing Meat Science certificate coursework or Veterinary Assisting diploma coursework as they complete the AAS degree.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Animal Science Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program.

Careers

Positions

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 $32,800 $44,800 $50,800
Agricultural Inspectors $38,800 $52,400 $59,200
Animal Breeders $24,600 $38,500 $45,400
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers $62,900 $95,600 $111,900
Farmworkers $22,600 $32,700 $37,800

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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
Westwood Embryo Services Waverly, IA

Program Contacts

Admissions
Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Alex Kissel Email Alex Kissel 319-296-4014 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 124
Faculty Advisor
Ole Cleveland Email Ole Cleveland 319-296-2329 ext.1414 Bremer Hall 111C
Faculty Advisor
Dresden Wulf Email Dresden Wulf 319-296-2329 ext.1084 Bremer Hall 111D
Administrative Assistant
Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Butler Hall 131
Dean
David Grunklee Email David Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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