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Poultry Science

Students within the Department of Poultry Science learn about the food system from poultry production on the farm to the conceptualization and manufacturing of food products for the consumer.  Three curriculum options are available to students in Poultry Science: 1) Poultry Production, 2) Poultry Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and 3) Food Science. Each option leads to the B.S. degree in Poultry Science. Professional and free electives within each option allow students to pursue expertise in their individual areas of interest. Enrollment in a summer internship is required in all three options. The food science option is recognized as an approved program by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Food Science Courses

FDSC 1000 INTRODUCTORY FOOD SCIENCE (3) LEC. 3. Overview of food science discipline including food selection, food composition, food safety and sanitation, food processing, packaging, commodity types, and food laws.

FDSC 4290 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN FOOD SCIENCE (1) LEC. 1. Preparing for careers; enhancing computer and communication skills; planning for professional advancement. Spring.

FDSC 4910 FOOD SCIENCE PRACTICUM (3) PRA. 3. Practical experience in food industry, governmental laboratories, or other food science sites.

FDSC 4920 FOOD SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (3) INT. 3. SU. Pr., departmental approval. Practical on-the-job training in the poultry or food industry. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

FDSC 4980 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (2-4) IND. Departmental approval. Directed research in the area of specialty within the department. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

FDSC 5150/5153 FOOD LAWS AND REGULATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Federal and state laws and regulations and case history affecting food production, processing, packaging, marketing and distribution of food and food productions. History of food law, enactment of laws and regulations, legal research and regulatory agencies. Course is taught exclusively online. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5150 and FDSC 6150.

FDSC 5200/5203 DEVELOPING, IMPLEMENTING, AND AUDITING FOOD SAFETY PROGRAMS (3) LEC. 3. Theory and practice of food safety program design and implementation; includes internal and third-party audits. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5200 and FDSC 6200.

FDSC 5430 FOOD CHEMISTRY (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BCHE 3200 or Departmental approval. Chemistry of food components; chemical and physical changes of food during processing and storage. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5430 and FDSC 6430. Spring.

FDSC 5450 FOOD ANALYSIS AND QUALITY CONTROL (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. FDSC 5430 or Departmental approval. Principles and application of chemical and instrumental food analyses; quality control procedures. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5450 and FDSC 6450. Fall.

FDSC 5640 FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (4) LEC. 2. LAB. 6. Pr. FDSC 5430 or Departmental approval. Food product development from concept to market. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5640 and FDSC 6640. Spring.

FDSC 5730 SENSORY EVALUATION (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. History and methods of sensory testing of food products, factors affecting results. May count one of the following: ANSC 5730, ANSC 6730, FDSC 5730, FDSC 6730.

FDSC 5770 FOOD PLANT SANITATION (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BIOL 3200 or Departmental approval. Sanitary regulations and procedures for hazard control and quality assurance in food industry. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5770 and FDSC 6770. Fall.

FDSC 6150/6156 FOOD LAWS AND REGULATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Federal and state laws and regulations and case history affecting food production, processing, packaging, marketing, and distribution of food and food productions. History of food law, enactment of laws and regulations, legal research and regulatory agencies. Course is taught exclusively online. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 6150 and FDSC 5150.

FDSC 6200/6206 DEVELOPING, IMPLEMENTING, AND AUDITING FOOD SAFETY PROGRAMS (3) LEC. 3. Theory and practice of food safety program design and implementation; includes internal and third-party audits. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 6200 and FDSC 5200.

FDSC 6430 FOOD CHEMISTRY (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BCHE 3200 or Departmental approval. Chemistry of food components; chemical and physical changes of food during processing and storage. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 5430 and FDSC 6430. Spring.

FDSC 6450 FOOD ANALYSIS AND QUALITY CONTROL (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. FDSC 6430 or Departmental approval. Principles and application of chemical and instrumental food analyses; quality control procedures. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 6450 and FDSC 5450. Fall.

FDSC 6640 FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (4) LEC. 2. LAB. 6. Pr. FDSC 6430. Departmental approvalFood product development from concept to market. Credit will not be given for both FDSC 6640 and FDSC 5640. Spring.

FDSC 6730 SENSORY EVALUATION (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. History and methods of sensory testing of food products, factors affecting results. May count one of the following: ANSC 5730, ANSC 6730, FDSC 5730, FDSC 6730.

FDSC 6770 FOOD PLANT SANITATION (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. BIOL 3200 or Departmental approval. Sanitary regulations and procedures for hazard control and quality assurance in food industry. Credit is not allowed for both FDSC 5770 and FDSC 6770. Fall.

FDSC 7200 CARBOHYDRATE CHEMISTRY AND FUNCTIONALITY IN FOODS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. FDSC 6430. Departmental approvalChemistry and functionality of sugars, starches and hydrocolloids as applied to food systems.

FDSC 7210 FOOD PROTEINS AND FATS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. FDSC 6430. Departmental approvalAdvanced theories and practices of food science in the areas of protein and fat.

FDSC 7930 ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6) IND. Departmental approval.Advanced reading or research approved and supervised by a faculty member. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

FDSC 7960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-4) IND/ST1. Departmental approval.Critical analysis of classic and current research. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

FDSC 7980/7986 NONTHESIS RESEARCH (1-4) RES. Departmental approval.enrolled as FDSG MAg student. Research conducted as part of the Master of Agriculture degree.

FDSC 7990 RESEARCH AND THESIS (1-10) MST. Departmental approval. Research in an area of specialization. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

FDSC 8990 RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION (1-10) DSR. Departmental approval. Research in an area of specialization. Course may be repeated with change in topic.

Poultry Science Courses

POUL 1000 INTRODUCTORY POULTRY SCIENCE (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Introduction to the poultry species and their commercial production, physiology, nutrition and management. Fall.

POUL 2000 POULTRY AND EGG EVALUATION AND SELECTION (1) LAB. 1. A hands-on approach to poultry and egg evaluation based on the U.S. poultry and Egg guidelines and how to properly care for and handle the birds. Spring and Fall. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

POUL 3030 COMMERCIAL POULTRY PRODUCTION (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. The organization and management principles of the commercial poultry meat and egg production industries. Fall.

POUL 3060 POULTRY BREEDING, FERTILITY, AND HATCHABILITY (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 2. Pr. BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1037. Breeding systems used in developing modern breeds of poultry. Genetic, physiological and environmental factors affecting fertility, embryonic development, and hatch ability. Spring.

POUL 3100 BASICS OF ANIMAL FEED MANUFACTURING (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 2. Oview of processes involving manufacturing fees for poultry, livestock, and aquaculture.

POUL 3150 POULTRY PHYSIOLOGY (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 2. Pr. BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1037. The physiological principles and characteristics of poultry species which directly interact with commercial management systems. Spring.

POUL 4100 SUPERVISED INVESTIGATION (1-4) IND. Pr. 2.50 GPA. Departmental approvalAdvanced independent investigation in major field of poultry or avian science. Requirements include review of literature, successful and timely completion of research project, and presentation of results in written and/or oral report. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

POUL 4920 POULTRY SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (3) INT. 3. SU. Pr., departmental approval. Practical on-the-job training in the poultry or food industry. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

POUL 4980 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (2-4) IND. Departmental approval. Directed research in the area of specialty within the department. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.

POUL 5050 POULTRY FEEDING (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 2. Pr. (BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1037) and BCHE 3200. The application of the principles of nutrition to poultry; the functions of individual nutrients, their deficiency symptoms and their supply in terms of feedstuffs and practical poultry diets. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5050 and POUL 6050. Fall.

POUL 5080/5083 POULTRY HEALTH (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1037) and BIOL 3200 and (CHEM 2030 or CHEM 2070). Study of the prevention, diagnosis, control and treatment of economically important diseases of poultry. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5080 and POUL 6080. Spring.

POUL 5140 POULTRY PROCESSING AND PRODUCTS (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Pr. CHEM 2030 or CHEM 2070. Processing, formulating and developing poultry products; includes meat and ingredient chemistry, processing steps and equipment used to create further processed poultry products. Credit is not allowed for both POUL 5140 or POUL 6140.

POUL 5160 PRINCIPLES OF FOOD SAFETY (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 3. Pr. (BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1037) and (CHEM 2030 or CHEM 2070). Identification and control of foodborne hazards in foods of animal origin. Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5160 and POUL 6160. Spring.

POUL 6050 ADVANCED POULTRY FEEDING (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 2. Departmental approval. An advanced study and review of the literature on the application of the principles of nutrition to poultry; the functions of individual nutrients, their deficiency symptoms and their supply in terms of feedstuffs and practical poultry diets. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5050 and POUL 6050. Fall.

POUL 6080 ADVANCED POULTRY HEALTH (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. An advanced study of the prevention, diagnosis, control and treatment of economically important diseases of poultry. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5080 and POUL 6080. Fall.

POUL 6140 POULTRY PROCESSING AND PRODUCTS (4) LEC. 3. LAB. 3. Processing, formulating and developing poultry products; includes meat and ingredient chemistry, processing steps and equipment used to create further processed poultry products. Credit is not allowed for both POUL 6140 or POUL 5140.

POUL 6160 ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF FOOD SAFETY (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 3. Departmental approval. An advanced study and literature review of the identification and control of foodborne hazards in foods of animal origin. Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. Credit will not be given for both POUL 5160 and POUL 6160. Spring.

POUL 7100 SUPERVISED INVESTIGATION (1-4) IND. Departmental approval. Advanced independent investigation in major field of poultry or avian science. Requirements include review of literature, successful and timely completion of research project, and presentation of results in written and/or oral report. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

POUL 7950 GRADUATE SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. Literature in poultry science, food science or related field. Emphasis given to preparation, organization, and presentation of research materials and to reporting current literature in the field. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

POUL 7980 NON-THESIS RESEARCH (1-4) RES. Departmental approval.enrolled as POUL MAg student. Research conducted as part of the Master of Agricultural degree.

POUL 7990 RESEARCH AND THESIS (1-10) MST. Technical laboratory problems related to poultry. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

POUL 8100 GI SYSTEMS AND NUTRIENT UTILIZATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. POUL 5050. Structure of feedstuffs and strategy in nutrient recovery from the gastrointestinal systems of fowl, swine, and ruminants.

POUL 8150 AVIAN PHYSIOLOGY (3) LEC. 3. Physiology of organ systems of birds with emphasis on domestic fowl. Fall. Students should have completed a course in animal or human physiology.

POUL 8160 LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR VIROLOGY (4) LEC. 1. LAB. 9. Pr. BIOL 5220 and BIOL 5230. Departmental approvalIsolation, purification, and identification of viral nucleic acids and proteins. Credit will not be given for both POUL 8160 and CMBL 8160. Odd years. Fall.

POUL 8620 ANAEROBIC BACTERIOLOGY (4) LEC. 2. LAB. 6. Pr. CHEM 6180. Departmental approvalPrinciples of basic pathogenic anaerobic bacteriology. Basic clinical methodology anaerobic bacterial identification, pathogenesis, current research and literature in anaerobic bacteriology.

POUL 8700 THE LIVING GUT (3) LEC. 3. Coreq. POUL 8620. Basic physiology of intestinal tract. Normal flora and its association with maintenance of homeostasis. Interaction of host intestinal components and microflora at the cellular level. Departmental approval. Summer.

POUL 8960 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-4) IND. A) Nutrition, B) Physiology, C) Health, D) Microbiology, E) Processing, F) Product Safety and Quality, G) Teaching, H) Immunonutrition. Course may be repeated with change in topic. Departmental approval.

POUL 8990 RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION (1-10) DSR. Technical laboratory problems related to poultry. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

Poultry Science

  • BELL, LEONARD, Professor
  • BERRY, WALLACE D., Associate Professor
  • BILGILI, SACIT F., Professor and Extension Specialist
  • CONNER, DONALD E., Professor and Head
  • CURTIS, PATRICIA A., Professor
  • DOZIER III., WILLIAM A., Associate Professor
  • GIAMBRONE, JOSEPH J., Professor
  • HESS, JOSEPH B., Professor and Extension Specialist
  • HUANG, TUNG-SHI, Professor
  • MACKLIN, KENNETH S., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
  • MCKEE, SHELLY R., Associate Professor
  • NORTON JR, ROBERT A., Professor
  • SINGH, MANPREET, Associate Professor
  • WEESE, SONDRA JEAN, Professor and Extension Specialist