Poultry Science - BS, Technical Emphasis

Growth of the poultry industry has created the need for scientific, technical and business knowledge in the various fields important to successful poultry production. In few fields of science is an understanding of the basic sciences, nutrition, genetics, physiology, diseases, biotechnology, processing and marketing more rewarding than in the modern, intensive methods of poultry and food production. Students are trained in the necessary background, analytical skills, problem solving and leadership for complex production units, hatcheries, integrated feed mills, processing plants and research laboratories. Rapid industry growth provides many career opportunities for graduates. Students are given two emphasis areas in which to specialize their education toward their selected career goals. The University Core Curriculum courses and the Poultry Science Core courses are required for both emphases. Students then complete a BS degree in either emphasis area by completing the respective emphasis area courses. All students are strongly encouraged to get early and frequent academic counseling which is readily available.

Students completing a BS degree in the industry emphasis find employment with the poultry and food industries in positions such as corporate management, quality assurance, sales or technical support in live production, processing or marketing. Students in this emphasis also get positions with pharmaceutical and equipment companies, with industry trade publications and in various university and public service positions.

Students completing a BS degree in the technical emphasis are prepared for advanced study in biochemistry, nutrition, physiology, molecular genetics, reproduction, processing technology, microbiology or environmental science and for eventual professional employment in research, teaching or public service. This curriculum can be easily tailored to meet the veterinary medicine preprofessional requirements.

Poultry Science Core Courses
POSC 302Avian Science Laboratory1
POSC 308Avian Anatomy and Physiology3
POSC 309Poultry Meat Production4
POSC 319Breeder and Hatchery Management3
POSC 326Commercial Egg Industry3
POSC 381Investigation of Professional Development in Poultry Science2
POSC 405/FSTC 405Egg and Poultry Meat Processing3
POSC 406/FSTC 406Poultry Further Processing4
POSC 411Poultry Nutrition3
POSC 412Poultry Feed Formulation1
POSC 427Animal Waste Management3
POSC 429Advanced Food Bacteriology4
POSC 481Poultry Science Systems2
Support Courses
BICH 303Elements of Biological Chemistry3
BIOL 351Fundamentals of Microbiology 14
or VTPB 405   or Biomedical Microbiology 
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 301Introduction to Biometry3
or STAT 302   or Statistical Methods 
VTPB 334Poultry Diseases4
Electives 114
University Core Curriculum
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
or BIOL 107   or Zoology 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
POSC 201General Avian Science3
American history elective 26
Communication elective6
Creative arts elective 23
Government/Political science elective6
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
MATH 142Business Calculus3
PHIL 240Introduction to Logic3
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

To be utilized by students to enhance the science and/or business aspects of their undergraduate program. 

2

Six hours must be selected from the International Cultural Diversity section of the Graduation requirements.