Dairy Science Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

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, learners participate in a variety of activities at the farm. 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. 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 and Agriculture Laboratory Specialist.

program at a Glance

Dairy Science 63 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$13,729 (Tuition: $10913, Books: $2816)

Average Starting Salary

$33,798 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

  • 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

Course List

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Course List

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Additional program Information

A Day On The Farm

View a series of videos that illustrate the daily activities at the Agriculture Center of Excellence.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit www.ntc.edu/transfer for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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