The Agriculture and Animal Science curriculum at Dawson Community College will give students a solid foundation in scientific principles, emphasizing agriculture sustainability practices. The program is designed to provide hands-on technical skills to prepare students for careers in the industry.
A maximum of 10 total credits may be earned for work experience with approved agencies. AGSC 298 is a sophomore level internship. An internship experience provides the student with an opportunity to explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learning in the classroom in an applicable work setting. The experience also helps students gain a clearer sense of what they still need to learn and provides an opportunity to build professional networks. In general, 45 hours of work experience, including the final seminar, is equivalent to one credit. The work experience is directed by the college and the student’s work is controlled by the supervising instructor and the internship employer.
DCC Alum April Davis' Internship with Beach Veterinary Clinic
Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers (Supported by the Montana Farm Bureau Federation)
Graduates from our program that would like to go straight into the industry have a variety of careers to choose from including technical positions in the industry, veterinary assistants, ranch management, agriculture sales, and many other opportunities.
Program graduates that continue their education have a wide variety of career options to choose from including ranch management, agricultural extension service, livestock procurement, federal meat grading, federal and state livestock and meat inspection, and market news reporting. There are also careers in business-related areas of livestock production including animal health sales, livestock feed sales, farm loan representatives, and banking. Excellent opportunities are available for those with special training in agricultural communication such as working on farm magazines and journals, breed association field representatives with livestock associations, and public relations.
For students desiring to pursue an advanced degree, this program prepares individuals for graduate studies in animal science, agriculture economics, food science, or other related disciplines. This program will also serve students who are desiring to pursue their degree in veterinary medicine.
This course covers principles of economics and agricultural marketing functions, agencies, services, and economic problems associated with production agriculture in Montana. The course includes an overview of commodity trading and the futures market.
Topics include the theory of demand, product supply, and performance of the economy as a whole. Various economic policies are considered. Basics of marketing are studied. Marketing strategies and problems associated with agriculture commodities are also studied.
A capstone course encompassing all of the skill sets taught in the Ag curriculum.
This seminar course is designed to cover knowledge in the following topics: Ag business plan development, operation transfer management, markets and economics, budgeting and finance, farm and ranch management, Ag technology, livestock production, crop and forage production, Ag career building, and issues impacting the Ag industry. We will be bringing in industry experts when applicable to help cover topics. We will be making an effort to focus on an economic component to topics when applicable.
Concentrated class sessions on a topic for which a particular need has been identified.
This course is an introductory animal science course, which includes basic principles of animal genetics, nutrition, live animal evaluation, reproduction, and application to the production of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, and poultry.
This course will expose the students to livestock evaluation. Through lecture and correlating lab (ANSC
109). The students will work with live animals and learn the terms used to evaluate livestock and apply this to selection of genetics.
This course deals with metabolism of nutrients; nutrient requirements; feed composition; diet formulation; and practical feeding of various classes of animals, nutrient content of feeds, their digestion, and absorption. Emphasis on developing balanced rations using various feeds. Rations are balanced using feeds that are common to or readily available to Montana. Special attention is given to range land environments and seasonal changes.
This course will aid in understanding the nutritional needs of cows and heifers during gestation and after parturition. Students are prepared to recognize calving problems and subsequently assist during parturition, all to maximize calf survival. Additional fee required.
This course is a systems approach to sustainable livestock and agricultural production systems. The student will be exposed to multiple aspects of livestock operations and agricultural production systems and how they affect one another and maintain sustainability. The student will also be exposed to proper handling facilities and design of them to reinforce the efficiency of operational sustainability.
This course will cover proper beef cattle handling, reasons for proper handling, knowledge of basic beef cattle management skills, and Montana Beef Quality Assurance Certification.
Principles of reproductive physiology associated endocrine hormones, their function, and application to domestic animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and pigs. Basis for reproductive management providing knowledge in environmental influences on reproductive efficiency and application of selected techniques for controlling reproduction. Additional fee required.
The course teaches principles of beef and sheep production in range land environments. Breeding, reproduction, nutrition, marketing, and distribution are examined.
The course defines and identifies the organization of cell types into tissues and organ systems. The course explains the physiology of organ systems in domestic farm animals.
Location, structure and identification of various tissues, organs, and systems of domestic animals through dissection of cadaver animals. Lab utilizes ruminants of mono-gastric species. Additional fee required.
This capstone course is intended to showcase the student's interdisciplinary knowledge of the Agriculture Program Learning Objectives. Students pursue research on a question or problem of their choice, engage in scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and, with the guidance of a mentor, produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.
This course involves gentling and starting a green horse, 2-3 years of age, halter breaking, leading at walk, trotting and backing, handling of feet and legs, feeding, reproduction, and selection practices. Students must have a horse and consent of the instructor. Additional fee required.
A continuation of EQUH110. Starting the horse on a bit (snaffle or hackamore), driving, backing, lunging and ground work, advanced horse management practices, anatomy, physiology and training practices. Students must have a horse. Additional fee required.
This is a class designed for both horse and rider. The rider must be significantly advanced to maintain a secure seat at a lope. There will be special emphasis on cueing the horse with hands, legs, weight, and voice. The student must have a horse. Additional fee required.
This is a class designed for experienced students and horses. There will be special emphasis on advanced reining, collection, headset lead changes, side passes, pivots, and roll backs. The student must have a horse. Additional fee required.
A major objective of this course is the development of an understanding of the production and management techniques necessary for the successful operation of the horse enterprise. Management practices concerned with feeding, breeding, and health programs receive considerable attention. Age determination, breeding, health care, unsoundness, way of going, nutrient needs, parasite control, buildings, and equipment are among the many areas covered. Students will cover material related to preventative equine medicine and methods associated with such care.
This course is designed for students who currently work with horses or desire to be involved with horses in the future and will provide important horse safety information.
This course is an overview of soils, water, rangelands and wildlife conservation from the global to the local level. Impacts of human population growth, economics, ethics and agriculture on the sustainability of natural resources will be examined using basic principles of ecology. The application of ecological principles to agriculture and rangeland management will be included.
The laboratory exercises are designed to relate to the concepts from NRSM101 to rangeland management. Rangeland inventory and classification methods will be reviewed. Sixty common native and introduced plants will be identified in the field and in the classroom.
Degree and Certificate Options
The two-year Associate of Applied Science in Animal Science trains students for employment in traditional, broad-based animal agriculture, such as livestock production, business, and services related to livestock. Additional professional opportunities include ranching, extension, livestock consulting, market livestock analysis, meat grading, and animal recreation.
The equitation option is provided for students who have an interest in working in general agriculture and first and foremost the horse industry. The equine industry is growing and ever changing. The A.A.S. degree is intended to provide basic, practical, and theoretical grounds from which they can choose a field in the industry. Students work with young horses to acquire knowledge and skills in horsemanship, training, safe horse handling, and husbandry. Furthermore, a background in general agriculture is added to make for a very well rounded individual in knowledge that is important in livestock, feeds, range condition, business and marketing. The program is also designed for students who plan to pursue an advanced university degree in the field.
The one-year Certificate of Applied Science in Livestock Technology is designed for the person who plans to return to the farm or ranch to pursue a career working in the livestock production industry. The curriculum stresses production techniques that can be applied immediately to the livestock enterprise. Basic academic courses are included to provide a well-rounded education.
This program is designed for the student who plans to return to the farm or ranch or to pursue a career working in the agriculture industry from a business management perspective. The curriculum stresses agriculture business skills that can be applied immediately to any agriculture operation. The curriculum also exposes the person to a broad overview of livestock, as well as, their sustainable production systems. Basic academic courses are included to provide a well- rounded education.