Program Description

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 where learners will participate in a variety of activities. Classroom instruction is combined with hands-on learning opportunities to expose learners to a wide-range of farming practices. In addition, learners 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.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,631
Books & Supplies: $828

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Develop a business plan for an agriculture business
  • Evaluate herd nutrition
  • Evaluate herd production
  • Assist with herd health practices and animal care
  • Create a livestock management plan
  • Apply skills in animal biosafety
  • Demonstrate safe animal handling practices


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Agriculture Laboratory Specialist
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Feed Mill Worker
  • Breed Association Representative
  • Artificial Insemination Technician
  • Farm Owner
  • Agriculture Worker/Herdsman
  • Livestock Buyer/Seller/Owner
  • Agriculture Tourism
  • Agriculture Promotion
  • Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing


The Dairy Science Associate Degree is a 64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
Introduction To Agricultural Studies 1.00
Intro To Animal Science 3.00
Calf Care Management Lab 1.00
Foundational Animal Biology 2.00
Employer/Employee Relations 2.00
Introduction To Soils 2.00
College Mathematics 3.00

Second Term

Milk Quality & Production 3.00
Heifer Care Management Lab 1.00
Livestock Diseases 2.00
Agriculture Insurance 1.00
Agricultural Computer Applications 2.00
Oral/interpersonal Communication 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Third Term

Transition Cow Management Lab 1.00
Principles Of Crop Production 3.00
Nutrient Management 2.00

Fourth Term

Dairy Nutrition 2.00
Agricultural Internship 1.00
Lactating Cow Management Lab 1.00
Agricultural Accounting 2.00
Agriculture Equipment Safety 2.00
Microeconomics 3.00
Psychology Of Human Relations 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Fifth Term

Farm Business Management 3.00
Bovine Reproduction 1 1.00
Bovine Reproduction 2 1.00
Agriculture Commodities & Marketing 3.00
Automated Dairy Technologies 3.00
Building Design For The Cow 3.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Dairy Science Associate Degree:

  • The Agronomy Certificate will provide you with 8% (5 of 64 credits) of the total credits in this Dairy Science Associate Degree

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
UW Platteville Bachelor of Dairy Science
UW River Falls Bachelor of Management Option

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
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* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

The majority of the courses in this program take place at NTC’s Agriculture Center of Excellence, located at 6625 County Road K, Wausau, WI.

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