The Dairy Science Associate Degree is a 63 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

ORIENTATION TO AGRICULTURAL STUDIES (10091101)

1.00

Familiarizes learners with the Agriculture Center of Excellence and standard operating procedures. Learners will begin to develop a strategic college plan. Learners will be exposed to the various opportunities available throughout their program of study. This course will acquaint students with basic husbandry practices for dairy animals to prepare them for future courses; learners will work directly with the dairy animals throughout the program.

INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE (10091104)

3.00

Introduces the basics of livestock management. Examines management of the dairy herd with concentration on nutrition, feedstuff's classification, reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, animal health and sustainable agriculture practices. Learners explore basic husbandry and care procedures for animals. This is offered in an online format.

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CALF CARE MANAGEMENT LAB (10091110)

1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to calves. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this first lab, the focus will be on calf care; pre-birth through newborn calf care. Learners will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in calf feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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FOUNDATIONAL ANIMAL BIOLOGY (10091122)

2.00

Exposes students to biology and other life sciences. Through a variety of practical learning activities, learners will investigate basic biological principles emphasizing cell biology, fundamental processes of life, introductory genetics, and biodiversity. Learners will use the scientific method to complete basic research. Animal Science is diverse and the program offers flexibility for students to explore both basic and applied aspects of animal biology.

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EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (10091171)

2.00

Introduces topics that relate to working in a farm environment. Topics include personality, family relationships, decision-making and social relations as they apply to everyday living and working in an ongoing family operation or entry into the non-family farm job market. Personnel management techniques include: development of goals, determining personnel needs, finding and recruiting the right people, performance appraisals, training, promotions and terminations.

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AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (10091175)

2.00

Provides learners with hands-on use and application of dairy management software used in industry. Specific topic areas covered on the use of dairy management software application are: animals, tools, design, data entry, reports, inventory and veterinary herd check.

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

MILK QUALITY & PRODUCTION (10091109)

3.00

Prepares learners with a solid background in producing quality milk and utilizing good herd health management practices. Learners will be introduced to milking systems and components, milk procedures, sanitation, diseases, udder anatomy and milk secretion. Learners will collect milk samples and analyze milk culture reports as they relate to quality milk and animal health. Learners will be exposed to milk quality practices globally.

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HEIFER CARE MANAGEMENT LAB (10091115)

1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to heifers. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this second lab, the focus will be on heifer care; six months through calving age. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in heifer feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES (10091123)

2.00

Explores infectious and non-infectious disease processes of livestock. Emphasis will be placed on bovine diseases, however certain diseases of sheep, goats, camelids, cervids, and swine may also be covered. Disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control will be covered. Population dynamics and the financial impact on herds will be evaluated. Proper reporting requirements of federally regulated diseases will be discussed. Zoonotic diseases that are of concern for people working with livestock species will be accentuated.

AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES & MARKETING (10091185)

3.00

Introduces the commodity futures markets, with information on contract specifications, exchanges, basic trading information and fundamental and technical market information. Furthermore, time will be spent on the basic phases of grain marketing from the farm to the elevator, including fundamental market information, elevator storage policies, shrinkage, blending, moisture discounts, price spreads, opportunity cost and developing an enterprise marketing plan.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

TRANSITION COW MANAGEMENT LAB (10091120)

1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to transition cows. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this third lab, the focus will be on transition cow care; six weeks prior to six weeks post calving. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in transition cow feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION (10091135)

3.00

Examines the principles of farm crop production, including classification, growth and management of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, barley, as well as other Midwest crops. Learners will explore soil preparation, plant physiology, planting dates, planting depths and seeding rates for various types of crops. Furthermore, learners will engage in the study of plant structure identification. Different types of equipment used in planting and harvesting will be explored and discussed during the course.

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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT (10091140)

2.00

Explores grid sampling sizes, plant nutrient analysis, CEC, base saturation and nutrient management planning. Learners will apply classroom theory through hands-on activities such as grid sampling, plant identification and pest identification. Furthermore, learners will gain a greater understanding of plant nutrient testing and the implication of soil sampling test results. Learners will examine soil conservation practices, soil nutrition and pesticide application.

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DAIRY NUTRITION (10091107)

3.00

Analyzes the nutritional needs of dairy cattle during each stage of their life. Topics covered in this course include: roles of digestive nutrients, nutritional requirements at various growth stages, relationship between forage quality and nutrition, ration balancing through calculation of feed and dry matter intake. Learners explore various methods of feeding dairy animals, including grazing system principles. Learners evaluate the use of dairy nutrition feed technologies.

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AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIP (10091117)

3.00

Expands on learner’s ability to demonstrate skills learned throughout the program. This course will help students prepare for career related employment as they gain on-the-job experience. During the internship, the learner, instructor and internship site representative will be communicating on the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the learner. Internship experiences for this course may be farm or a variety of agriculture career fields.

LACTATING COW MANAGEMENT LAB (10091125)

1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to lactating cows. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this fourth lab, the focus will be on lactating cows. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in lactating cow feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING (10091186)

2.00

Introduces the key concepts that a businessperson needs to understand. Learners explore three primary financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement. Application of accounting processes: cash and accrual methods, recording business transactions, making a trial balance, creating financial statements and keeping records. Examination of various benchmarks utilizing financial statements.

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ECONOMICS (10809195)

3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

BOVINE REPRODUCTION (10091103)

3.00

Expands learner’s ability to manage a dairy herd with concentration on breed identification, reproduction, genetics including linear appraisal and selection indexes, calving management and record keeping systems. Learners apply artificial insemination concepts through hands-on application.

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PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO PREPARATION (10091119)

1.00

Demonstrates learner’s understanding of concepts learned throughout their program. Learners compile a best management practices document through the development of a professional portfolio. Students will be required to supply previous work or current in-progress work for critique, adjustments and final output.

FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (10091190)

3.00

Explores basic entrepreneurial concepts, identifying resources that may assist the agriculture business and family in meeting their goals. Applies theory in the development of a business plan: managing risk, budgeting, financial resource acquisition and business structure. Learners explore various techniques and alternatives used in operating an agriculture business.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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MILKING TECHNOLOGIES (10091164)

3.00

Examines milking technologies available for use on modern dairy farms. Learners investigate both milking parlor systems and robotic milking facilities. Students complete 12 hours of additional hands on training at the NTC Agricultural Center of Excellence.

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BUILDING DESIGN FOR THE COW (10091165)

3.00

Examines various barn designs and layouts in order to ensure the well-being of food producing animals. Learners will explore a variety of best practices pertaining to barn design for milk production, animal comfort and reducing animal stress. 

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INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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