Poultry Science - BS, Industry 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. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
BIOL 111
Introductory Biology I
or Zoology
4
POSC 201 General Avian Science 3
POSC 302 Avian Science Laboratory 1
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
POSC 319 Breeder and Hatchery Management 3
American history 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
POSC 308 Avian Anatomy and Physiology 3
POSC 309 Poultry Meat Production 4
American history 1 3
Mathematics 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POSC 381 Investigation of Professional Development in Poultry Science 2
Communication 3
Creative arts 1 3
Government/Political science 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 314
Marketing Agricultural and Food Products
or Survey of Accounting Principles
3
ANSC 326/NFSC 326 Food Bacteriology 3
POSC 326 Commercial Egg Industry 3
POSC 414 Avian Genetics and Breeding 3
POSC 427 Animal Waste Management 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
POSC 429 Advanced Food Bacteriology 4
Select one of the following: 3
Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles  
Agribusiness Management  
Food and Agricultural Law  
Principles of Economics  
Principles of Economics  
Business Information Systems Concepts  
Business Law  
Introduction to Business  
Government/Political science 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
POSC 405/NFSC 405 Egg and Poultry Meat Processing 3
POSC 411 Poultry Nutrition 3
POSC 481 Poultry Science Systems 2
General electives 2 6
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
POSC 406/NFSC 406 Poultry Further Processing 4
POSC 412 Poultry Feed Formulation 1
STAT 301
Introduction to Biometry
or Statistical Methods
3
VTPB 334 Poultry Diseases 4
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120