Curriculum in Poultry Science

ChickensGrowth 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 B.S. 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 B.S. 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 B.S. 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.

The information listed below is from the Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog Edition 134 (Number Fall 201131).  Courses that you are required to take to complete a bachelor’s degree in Poultry Science are determined by the catalog that you are admitted under.  Catalogs are updated every fall.  If you have any questions about your degree plan, please contact your undergraduate advisor.

Undergraduate Poultry Science degree course check lists

Sample schedules for Poultry Science students entering Prior to Fall 2010 Semester
Sample schedule for Poultry Science students entering Fall 2010 Semester or Later

(Both Emphases)

Required Courses (Th-Pr) Cr
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics (3-0) 3
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I1
BIOL 107 Zoology1
(3-3) 4
CHEM 101 and 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I & Lab.   4
COMM 203 Public Speaking1
ENGL 301 Technical Writing 1
ENGL 210 Scientific and Technical Writing 1
(3-0) 3
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric (3-0) 3
MATH 141 Business Mathematics I (3-0) 3
MATH 142 Business Mathematics II  1
PHIL 240 Introduction to Logic  1
(3-0) 3
POLS 206 American National Government (3-0) 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government (3-0) 3
History electives   6
Humanities elective   3
Visual and performing arts elective   3
* KINE 198 Heath and Fitness Activity (0-2) 1
* KINE 199 Required Physical Activity (0-2)   1
Total hours of University Core Curriculum Courses 43

(Both Emphases)

Required Courses (Th-Pr) Cr
POSC 201 General Avian Science (3-0) 3
POSC 302 Avian Science Laboratory (0-2) 1
POSC 308 Avian Anatomy and Physiology (2-3) 3
POSC 309 Poultry Meat Production (3-2) 4
POSC 319 Breeder and Hatchery Management (2-2) 3
POSC 326 Commercial Egg Industry (3-0) 3
POSC 381 Investigation of Professional Development in Poultry Science (1-0) 1
POSC 406 Poultry Processing and Products (3-2) 4
POSC 411 Poultry Nutrition (3-0) 3
POSC 412 Poultry Feed Formulation (1-0) 1
POSC 414 Avian Genetics and Breeding (Industry Only) (2-2) 3
POSC 425 Environmental Physiology (3-0) 3
POSC 427 Animal Waste Management (3-0) 3
POSC 429 Advanced Food Bacteriology (3-2) 4
POSC 481 Poultry Science Systems (1-2)   2
(42 hours – Industry Option / 39 hours -Technical Option) 42/39


Required Courses (Th-Pr) Cr
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles
AGEC 314 Marketing Agricultural Products
(3-0) 3
AGLS 101 Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources (1-0) 1
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry (3-0) 3
DASC/FSTC 326 Food Bacteriology (3-0) 3
STAT 301 Introduction to Biometry (3-0) 3
VTPB 334 Poultry Diseases (3-2) 4
Business/management elective 3   3
Electives 2    15
Total hours of Support Courses – Industry Emphasis  35


Required Courses (Th-Pr) Cr
BICH 303 Elements of Biological Chemistry (3-0) 3
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 1
VTPB 405 Principles and Application of Biomedical Microbiology 1
  4 or 5
CHEM 102 and 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II and Lab.   4
CHEM 227 and 237 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (3-3) 4
GENE 301 Genetics (3-3) 4
STAT 301 Introduction to Biometry (3-0) 3
VTPB 334 Poultry Diseases (3-2) 4
Electives 2    11or 12
Total hours of Support Courses – Technical Emphasis 38
Total Hours for Bachelor’s Degree
  1. Students should choose one of the two classes listed for each category (i.e. MATH 142 or PHIL 240).
  2. To be utilized by students to enhance the science and/or business aspects of their undergraduate program. Also, students should have computer literacy (having completed one year of computer science in high school) or they must use 3 hours for a computer class (AGLS 210, RENR 201 or INFO 209)
  3. To be selected from ACCT 210, 229; AGEC 330, 340, 344, 448; ECON 202 or 203; INFO 209; MGMT 211, 212, 373.

* See University Core Curriculum, item 7.
** Six hours must be selected from the International Cultural Diversity section of the University Core Curriculum.

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