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Agriculture Science

ECC student examining ear of harvested corn

Ellsworth Community College offers more than a dozen uniquely specialized agriculture and animal science degree programs. This versatile Agriculture Science program is offered as:

  1. A one-semester Certificate program
  2. A one-year Diploma program
  3. A two-year Associate of Professional Studies (APS) degree for those who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation or transfer their ECC credits and complete a baccalaureate degree/bachelor’s degree at a university.
  4. A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transferable degree for those who want to transfer their ECC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.

The links under Degrees Awarded (below) outline our different degree program options. The Certificate and APS programs include on-the-job training that has proven to be invaluable to our students for professional networking, building their resumes, and getting their foot in the door to make a great impression on a local employer.


Responsibilities of agriculture professionals range from caring for livestock, to operating machinery, to maintaining equipment and facilities. If you grew up on a farm, were involved in 4-H or National FFA, or have worked on farms, you probably love the outdoors, hard work and working with your hands. A broad range of skills and abilities are needed in agriculture: technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions and plant diseases; mechanical aptitude in working with tools and machinery; business skills to organize and operate a business; and computer skills. As the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms continues, the employment of agricultural managers and business, sales, and service positions will increase. Agriculture Science majors may find careers as regional sales managers, ag loan officers, agronomists, and sales representatives.


ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA transfer degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

The majority of ECC’s Agriculture Science majors transfer to Iowa State University; others transfer to Northwest Missouri State University, South Dakota State University, and other colleges.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC’s agriculture students maintain a 133-acre farm near the College, where they experience hands-on learning at its best.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages … there are many Agriculture Science scholarships available, including the Bob & Arlene Hamilton Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships, which cover nearly a full year’s tuition and fees!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.
  • Our Ag Science Club is a blast … activities include involvement in Iowa and National Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) leadership conferences, field trips, service projects, parties, and more.
  • Professor Kevin Butt has been teaching agriculture at ECC since 2004. He has been recognized nationally as one of four Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Education Teachers in the United States.


Kevin Butt

Kevin Butt

Kevin grew up on a farm just outside of Iowa Falls and still helps with the family farm operations. He graduated from Ellsworth in 1990 with...

Kevin grew up on a farm just outside of Iowa Falls and still helps with the family farm operations. He graduated from Ellsworth in 1990 with an Associate’s degree in Ag Science, then transferred to Iowa State University, where he graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Ag Education and Animal Science. Kevin spent several years working...

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