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. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
POSC 201 General Avian Science 3
POSC 302 Avian Science Laboratory 1
Communication 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 111
Introductory Biology I
or Zoology
4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
POSC 319 Breeder and Hatchery Management 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
POSC 308 Avian Anatomy and Physiology 3
POSC 309 Poultry Meat Production 4
American history 1 3
Communication 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
POSC 381 Investigation of Professional Development in Poultry Science 2
American history 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 351
Fundamentals of Microbiology
or Biomedical Microbiology
4
POSC 326 Commercial Egg Industry 3
POSC 411 Poultry Nutrition 3
Government/Political science 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BICH 303 Elements of Biological Chemistry 3
POSC 412 Poultry Feed Formulation 1
POSC 429 Advanced Food Bacteriology 4
Creative arts 1 3
General elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
POSC 405/NFSC 405 Egg and Poultry Meat Processing 3
POSC 427 Animal Waste Management 3
POSC 481 Poultry Science Systems 2
General elective 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POSC 406/NFSC 406 Poultry Further Processing 4
STAT 301
Introduction to Biometry
or Statistical Methods
3
VTPB 334 Poultry Diseases 4
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120