Specialize in the animal side of the farm operation. Prepare for the field of marketing, sales and production of animal products, and animal management operations
What you will learn:
- Animal Nutrition
- Healthy and Efficient Livestock Environment
- Milk and Meat Quality
- Reproduction Techniques and Artificial Insemination
- Farm Records and Analysis
- Soils and Forage Crop Production
Is This Program for You?
Do you enjoy animals and agriculture? Do you work well independently, as well as in a team setting? Are you a problem solver, analytical thinker, and a strong communicator? If so, the Agribusiness Science & Technology – Animal Science program may be a great fit for you.
Students entering the Agribusiness, Science & Technology - Animal Science program should:
- Enjoy science and mathematics.
- Have a strong attention to detail.
- Be willing to try new and innovative ideas.
- Have a good understanding of agriculture.
- Enjoy science and mathematics.
- Associate degree - requiring a minimum of two years to complete
- Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus
- Fall or Spring Start
- Financial aid available
- Credit for prior learning may be available
- High school articulation courses accepted
- Curriculum & Costs
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
Helpful Academic Background
- High school agriculture
- Communication skills
- Math courses
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.
At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:
- Analyze opportunities in agriculture
- Apply relevant technologies
- Demonstrate professionalism skills within the agricultural career areas
- Develop a management plan in agriculture
- Create a livestock management plan
- Career Opportunities
Graduates obtain positions in a wide variety of specialty areas, and there is a vast amount of potential for those who have mid-management or upper-management career aspirations. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:
- Herds Person for Livestock operations
- Reproductive Specialist
- A.I. Technician
- Feed Sales
- Milk Quality and Meat Quality Specialist
- Livestock Care Specialist
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Agribusiness Science & Technology - Animal Science Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
CLEP Credential Portfolio 10-006-104 Animal Nutrition 10-006-114 Legal Aspects of Agribusiness 10-006-116 Introduction to Soils 10-006-121 Agribusiness Computer Applications 10-006-131 Forage Crop Production Management 10-006-133 Agribusiness Financial Management If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-135 Agribusiness Sales and Services If Portfolio is approved, Demonstration Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-142 Introduction to Animal Health 10-006-144 Livestock Housing & Equipment 10-006-146 Milk Production Sanitarian Cerficate or DHI Tester 10-006-150 Farm Animal Reproduction AI Ceritification 10-006-153 Dairy Production Management 10-006-163 Agribusiness Management If Portfolio is approved, Challenge Exam will be administered. 10-006-180 Animal Science 10-006-197 Agribusiness Internship 10-801-195 Written Communication College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method. 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 10-804-107 College Mathematics CLEP test - College Mathematics 10-809-195 Economics CLEP Test - Principles of Macroeconomics