Agricultural Science

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Agricultural Science

Grow Your Ag Career Here

Develop a deeper understanding of precision farming systems, business administration, animal husbandry, and what it takes to support the production of food, fuel, and fiber to provide for a growing population with Kirkwood’s Agricultural Science program.

Our program allows you develop a plan of study that is focused on your career goals. You can choose to emphasize in beef or swine production and management, crop production and precision agriculture, or develop your own custom program from several areas of study.

Kirkwood’s working farm provides both crop and livestock learning labs, so you’ll learn about the latest production methods and technology while using them yourself. We have 400 acres of row-crop production; 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space; a farrow-to-finish swine facility; 300 head feedlot; and a cow-calf herd. You’ll train on a combine and commercial sprayer simulator, process yield and spatial data in our precision agriculture lab, and utilize the diesel mechanics labs.

We’re hands-on and hands-in, so wear your boots as you participate in variety of on-farm research projects, exploring the latest science and innovations as you prepare to become the next generation of agriculture.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year. Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Agricultural Science program will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of, and compliance with, a variety of federal policies related to agricultural production.
  2. Identify and differentiate key characteristics of crop, beef and swine anatomy and physiology.
  3. Make recommendations based on an understanding of policy and the regulatory environment within agricultural/agribusiness operations.
  4. Analyze how management decisions impact agricultural production and finances.
  5. Implement appropriate technology in common production scenarios.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of contemporary agricultural contexts.

Learn more about Kirkwood’s Agricultural Science program.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Agricultural Science 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Year One

TERM FALL SPRING TOTAL
Credits: 19 16 35
Tuition: $3,534 $2,976 $6,510
Fees: $60 $50 $110
Books: $160 $365 $525

 

Year Two

TERM FALL SPRING TOTAL
Credits: 16 18 34
Tuition: $2,976 $3,348 $6,324
Fees: $50 $50 $100
Books: $340 $85 $425

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $13,994

 

Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
 
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee
 
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
 
Updated: 6/1/2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Both degrees offer students to work in a wide variety of careers. Additionally, both emphasize business and production principles. Differences arise between curriculum and instructional approach. Students that have an interest in managing animals and/or crop facilities may be interested in agricultural science. 

Yes, instructors will work with students to build a plan for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution. Many of Kirkwood’s technical credits transfer to most four-year institutions.

Our students have interned at large farming operations; fertilizer application and distribution companies; grain elevators and feed mills; and with average and large sized swine confinement operations and beef feedlots.

We work with farmers and ranchers across the Midwest to best match the student’s goals with the internship experience.

Contact Ashley Moeller, associate dean at 319-398-7635 or Holly Feldmann, department coordinator at 319-398-4952.


Program Requirements

To get into the Agricultural Science program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Graduating high school, I wasn’t sure on what I wanted to major in and I figured since Kirkwood had smaller classes, more advisors and professors, they could help me along the way – and they did!

“Graduating high school, I wasn’t sure on what I wanted to major in and I figured since Kirkwood had smaller classes, more advisors and professors, they could help me along the way – and they did!”

Cassie Calkins,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mission Statement

The Agricultural Science program prepares students for employment and involvement in the global agricultural community by creating an educational culture that promotes technical knowledge of biological systems, leadership and advocacy, professionalism in the workplace, and environmental stewardship.


Questions?

Agricultural Sciences
1000 Washington Hall
319-398-5609
agsciences@kirkwood.edu