Agricultural Science

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Agricultural Science

Grow Your Ag Career Here

Find yourself in the food production chain of modern agriculture with Kirkwood’s Agricultural Science program. Create the degree that makes the most sense for your career goals – choose from three areas of emphasis (beef, crops or swine) or develop your own custom program.

Classes for this degree are both hands-on and hands-in – come to class with your boots on! Kirkwood’s 800-acre working farm provides both crop and livestock learning labs, so you’ll learn about the latest production methods and technology while using them yourself. There’s also a spring semester study abroad opportunity that will teach you about Brazilian agriculture.

A one-year Small Scale Food Production Certificate is also available.

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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.

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:

Destiny Brown

“Kirkwood makes everything easy and simple... small class sizes and professors who love to interact with students on a personal level.”

Destiny Brown,
Pella, 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.


Agricultural Sciences
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