Degree Requirements

Dairy Science Major

Dairy Science Major: 63-65 Total Credits

Required Courses: 35 cr. hrs.
DASC 120 Orientation to Dairy Science 1 cr.
ANSC 231 Principles of Nutrition 3 cr.
ANSC 232 Applied Feeds and Feeding 3 cr.
ANSC 257 Genetics 3 cr.
ANSC 260 Animal Physiology 4 cr.
DASC 306 Dairy Production 3 cr.
ANSC 345 Animal Health 2 cr.
ANSC 346 Principles of Animal Breeding 3 cr.
DASC 404 Lactation and Milk Quality 3 cr.
DASC 406 Advanced Dairy Management 3 cr.
ANSC 433 Advanced Nutrition 3 cr.
or DASC 436 Dairy Cattle Nutrition 3 cr.
ANSC 448 Reproductive Physiology 3 cr.
DASC 485 Seminar: Dairy Science 1 cr.

Select Management, Science, or Minor Option

Management Option

Management Option 25 cr. hrs.

CHEM 230 General Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
AGBI 251 Agricultural Biochemistry 3 cr.
DASC 270 Internship I
or DASC 370 Internship II 4 cr.
Choose two from:
AGEC 205 Agricultural Accounting 3 cr.
AGEC 345 Agricultural Law 3 cr.
AGEC 355 Agricultural Markets and Prices 3 cr.
AGEC 360 Farm Management 3 cr.
AGEC 365 Agricultural Finance 3 cr.
AFES 310 Agricultural Human Resource Management 3 cr.
Additional directed electives: 9 cr. hrs.
Students may select any combination of courses offered by Food Science, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Plant and Earth Science, Modern Language, or the College of Business and Economics. At least 6 credit hours must be earned from courses at the 200 level or higher.

Science option

Science Option 28-30 cr. hrs.

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 5 cr.
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 cr.
or CHEM 246 Synthetic and Analytical Techniques in Organic Chemistry I 2 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 cr.
or CHEM 247 Synthetic and Analytical Techniques in Organic Chemistry II 1 cr.
CHEM 360 or CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr.
MATH 147 College Algebra and Trigonometry 3 cr.
or MATH 149 Precalculus 4 cr.
or MATH 166 Calculus I 4 cr.
PHYS 121 or PHYS 131 General Physics 4 cr.
ANSC 341 Biometrics 3 cr.
BIOL 324 Microbiology 4 cr.
Choose one from the following:
ANSC 447 Endocrinology 2 cr.
BIOL 230 General Zoology 3 cr.
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 cr.
CHEM 362 Biochemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.
PHYS 122 General Physics II 4 cr.
PHYS 132 General Physics II 4 cr.

Minor Option

Minor Option 28-30 cr. hrs.

As an alternative to the Management or Science option, students can pair the Dairy Science major with an academic minor to develop a more in-depth understanding of a second area of interest.

Any minor of 22-24 credits or second major (other than Animal Science, Dairy Science, or Ag Studies).
In addition to the minor or second major the following two courses are required:
CHEM 230 General Organic Chemistry 3 cr.
AGBI 251 Agricultural Biochemistry 3 cr.

The Department of Animal and Food Science offers three options for Dairy Science majors. Required core courses within the Dairy Science major are identical, regardless of option. Additional requirements are based on the choice of option. The Dairy Science-Management option is designed for students seeking careers in dairy farm management or supporting industries such as feed, pharmaceutical, or genetics sectors of the dairy industry. The Dairy Science-Science option is designed for students that plan to enroll in graduate or professional degree programs following completion of the Bachelor of Science degree. This option is strongly suggested for students that hope to enroll in a college of veterinary medicine at a future date. The Dairy Science-Minor option is designed for students who wish to supplement their education with an academic minor or second major.

General Education Requirements

As listed with the following exceptions:
CS (Communication/Speaking and Listening) designator:
COMS 101 or COMS 116 is required

SL (Scientific Investigation) / S (Sciences) designator:
BIOL 150 is required
CHEM 120 or CHEM 121 is required

Foundation Courses in Agriculture: 12 cr. hrs.

Required Foundation courses:
ANSC 111 Introduction to Animal Science 3 cr.
AGEC 230 Agricultural Economics I 3 cr.

Then select 2 from the following 4 courses:
AET 150 Introduction to Agricultural Engineering 3 cr.
PLSC 161 Introduction to Plant Science 3 cr.
FDSC 110 The Science of Food 3 cr.
SOIL 120 Introduction to Soil Science 3 cr.