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Poultry and Avian Science Minor

University Park: College of Agricultural Sciences (P A S)

The Poultry and Avian Science minor is designed for students who wish to supplement their academic major with studies focused on the biology and management of avian species, with an emphasis on domestic fowl. In recognition of the diverse career opportunities in the modern poultry and game bird industries, the minor is designed to also accommodate students with primary interests in agribusiness management, food science, and wildlife science. Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits (9 credits at the 400 level). AN SC 211, AN SC 311, and AN SC 425(VB SC 425) provide a foundation of knowledge pertaining to both avian sciences and the commercial poultry industry, while additional courses selected by the student will allow for further specialization in the foundation animal science disciplines, agribusiness management, food science, and wildlife and fisheries science. In addition, credits from poultry or avian internship experiences and/or independent study projects may also be applied towards meeting the requirements of the minor.

The University's Poultry Education and Research Center is used extensively for supplementing classroom work with hands-on laboratories. The flexibility of the minor permits program planning commensurate with an individual's interests and professional goals, and should enhance the student's ability to compete for related positions in industry, government, or academia (graduate or professional school).

The prerequisites for the minor's prescribed courses are BIOL 110 (for ANSC 211), ANSC 100 (for ANSC 311), and ANSC 211, ANSC 311, and MICRB 106 & 107 or MICRB 201 & 202 (for ANSC 425/VBSC 425).

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


ANSC 211(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ANSC 311(3) (Sem: 5-7)
ANSC/VBSC 425(3) (Sem: 6-8)

Select 3 credits from: AGBM 302(3), AGBM 338 IL(3), ANSC 207(2), ANSC 208(1) (Sem: 3-6)
AN SC 300 GN(3), ANSC 301(3), ANSC 322(3), ANSC 395(1-3)[*], WFS 300(2), WFS 301(2) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from: AGBM 407(3), AGBM 408(3), AGBM 420(3), AGBM 460(3), ANSC 418(3), ANSC 420(4), ANSC 421(2), ANSC 423(3), ANSC 496(3)[*], ANSC 499 IL(2), FDSC 408(3), FDSC 409(2), FDSC 411(3), FDSC 415(3), VBSC 420(3), WFS 406(2), WFS 407(3), WFS 447(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[*] AN SC 395 and AN SC 496 must have a poultry or avian biology emphasis.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-002

Review Date: 04/05/2016



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