Agricultural Operations Management Degree
The Operations Management curriculum is designed to prepare students to farm, be farm managers, or work in a production field. It provides a sound academic foundation with emphasis on farm management, economics, business management, information management, precision agriculture, agronomy, animal science, human relations, and general education. Two eight-week internship experiences are required.
NIACC’s Ag Advantage: Champions of Agriculture–Providing high quality, vigorous education opportunities to students.
- Innovative Curriculum
- Industry Partnerships
- Rewarding Internships
- Hands-On Labs
- Highly Regarded by Transfer Institutions
- Technology Emphasis
- Award-Winning Faculty
- Electronic Classrooms
- Satisfied Graduates
NIACC Farm Lab
The NIACC Farm Lab consists of 260 no-till acres, 110 acres of pasture, livestock facilities for the swine and beef breeding herds, and provides Ag students with “hands-on” learning experiences in the areas of crop protection and management, precision farming technology, crop and livestock management, show pig and club calf production, and business planning and decision making.
All classes required in our curriculum can be transferred to Iowa State University and/or Northwest Missouri State University. Graduates can transfer to ISU as a junior and work toward a bachelor’s degree in the College of Agriculture. Staff can advise you as to the best academic path for transfer.
- Internships: Students in Operations Management complete two paid, eight-week internships. During your internships you will apply your academic skills in an actual work environment. The industry contacts made often lead to full-time employment following graduation.
- Employment Opportunities: Jobs for Ag Operations Management graduates include self employed in farming, farm management, GPS/GIS service, production assistants, livestock production, herdspersons, crop production, crop input application, and sales.
- Earning Potential: Entry-level salaries for recent NIACC agriculture technology graduates ranged between $20,000 and $50,000 annually.
Upon successful completion of the Agricultural Operations Management curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.
Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.
Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.
First Year - First Term
|AGA-154||Fundamentals of Soil Science||3 s.h.|
|AGB-133||Introduction to Ag Business||3 s.h.|
|AGS-109||Animal Science I||3 s.h.|
|AGS-110||Animal Science I Lab||1 s.h.|
|BCA-215||Coputer Business Applications||3 s.h.|
|ENG-105||Composition I||3 s.h.|
|ACC-111||Introduction to Accounting||3 s.h.|
|AGA-114||Principles of Agronomy||3 s.h.|
|AGS-209||Animal Science II||3 s.h.|
|AGS-210||Animal Science II Lab||1 s.h.|
|BIO-196||Introduciton to Bio-Technology||4 s.h.|
|MAT-801||Applied Math A*||1 s.h.|
|MAT-802||Applied Math B**||1 s.h.|
|MAT-803||Applied Math C***||1 s.h.|
|AGA-852||Principles of Crop Production||3 s.h.|
|AGP-331||Precision Agriculture||2 s.h.|
|BUS-130||Introduction to Entrepreneurship||3 s.h.|
|AGB-437||Commodity Marketing||3 s.h.|
|AGB-810||Agriculture Internship||4 s.h.|
|AGS-401||Swine Production||3 s.h.|
|Approved Ag Elective(s)||5 s.h.|
|AGB-330||Farm Business Management||3 s.h.|
|AGB-810||Agriculture Internship||4 s.h.|
|AGM-120||Basic Agricultural Mechanics||2 s.h.|
|AGS-554||Beef Production||3 s.h.|
|BUS-161||Human Relations||3 s.h.|
|Total Program Hours||71 s.h.|
*Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
***Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.
|AGA-855||Site Specific Crop Management*||2 s.h.|
|AGA-860||Soils and Crop Management**||2 s.h.|
|AGB-338||Salesmanship and Advertising||2 s.h.|
|AGC-190||Skills and Safety in Agriculture||1 s.h.|
|AGC-315||Leadership in Agriculture||3 s.h.|
|AGC-420||Issues in Agriculture||3 s.h.|
|AGS-317||Animal Nutrition||2 s.h.|
|AGS-811||Animal Technologies||1 s.h.|
|WEL-335||Ag & Industry Welding||2 s.h.|
*Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science, or its equivalent.
**Prerequisite: AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science and/or permission of instructor.