Dairy Science Associate Degree


The Dairy Science Associate Degree program provides a well-rounded, real-world understanding of the business of dairy production. The agriculture classes are taught at the Agriculture Center of Excellence, which houses a production dairy farm operation. Throughout the program, students are participating in a variety of activities at the farm. Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on learning opportunities to expose students to a wide-range of farming practices. In addition, students will complete two internship work experiences. Jobs in this field are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have above average computer skills. Additionally, learners looking to be successful in this occupation should have the aptitude to work with animals and possess good oral, reading and writing skills. Potential occupations include: Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing, Agriculture Promotion, Agriculture Tourism, Livestock Buyer/Seller/Owner, Agriculture Worker/Herdsman, Farm Owner, Artificial Insemination Technician, Breed Association Representative, Feed Mill Worker, Agriculture Inspector, Agriculture Laboratory Specialist.

Graduates will be able to

  • Demonstrate good working skills
  • Develop the entrepreneurial skills to begin their own dairy production business
  • Assist with planning and facilitating activities that support agriculture
  • Summarize the stages of agriculture timelines and planning development
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of sound environmental practices
  • Apply Best Management Practices (BMP) to optimize production, finances, social and environmental aspect of production agriculture
  • Demonstrate communication techniques
  • Incorporate information from written documents, legal documents, professional literature and reports