Agricultural Science

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 

School Year: 2023–2024

Program Entry Semester: Fall/Spring/Summer

Pre-Reqs Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Total
Credit Hours per Semester 0 19 16 0 16 18 0 69
In-State Tuition $0 $3,990 $3,360 $0 $3,360 $3,780 $0 $14,490
Technology Fee per Semester $0 $50 $50 $0 $50 $50 $0 $200
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $0 $160 $200 $0 $300 $100 $0 $760
Course/Section Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $4,200 $3,610 $3,710 $3,930 $15,450


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $210 (In-State), $281 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

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:

Additional Information

Kirkwood Student Joel Vidjamagni

“The best thing about Kirkwood is that it has helped me be more confident speaking English in front of people and I have made a lot of connections with people in my program.”

Joel Vidjamagni,
West Africa, Togo

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.


Agricultural Sciences
1000 Washington Hall