David J. Caldwell
Director, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science
Head, Department of Poultry Science
0114 Poultry Science Center
479-575-4952

Department of Poultry Science Website

The Department of Poultry Science offers a major in poultry science leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Students pursuing a major in Poultry Science would select one of two areas of concentration for their degree program: a Pre-Professional Science Concentration or a Poultry Science Industry Concentration. The department also offers coursework for a minor and a certificate of excellence program.

A major in poultry science is designed to provide the scientific and technical education to prepare students for positions of leadership and responsibility in the expanding fields of production, processing, marketing, and distribution of meat, eggs, and related poultry products. The curriculum also prepares students for career opportunities in specialized areas of nutrition, breeding, genetics, physiology, management, food science, immunology, and disease.

Elective hours allow students to select a minor and thus personalize their degree.

Elective hours can also be used to emphasize areas of business, production, processing or science. Pre-veterinary medicine, pre-medical, or pre-pharmacy requirements may be fulfilled while meeting degree requirements.

Curricula are designed to permit the student to obtain the necessary foundation to pursue graduate study for the master’s and doctoral degrees. Advanced degrees are offered but not limited to the areas of nutrition, genetics, physiology, product technology, and poultry health.

Requirements for B.S.A. with Poultry Science Industry Concentration

Requirements for a Major in Poultry Science

State minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements:
(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Requirements (1 hour)
UNIV 1001University Perspectives1
Communications (12 hours)
Select 6 hours English from state minimum core6
Communication Intensive Elective - 6hrs (see degree audit for approved course list)6
U.S. History or Government3
Select 3 hours from U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core
Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)
MATH 1203College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)3
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Tools for Agribusiness
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Physical and Biological Sciences (16 hours)
BIOL 1543
BIOL 1541L
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4
BIOL 2013
BIOL 2011L
General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture)
and General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab)
4
or POSC 2413
POSC 2411L
Domestic Animal Microbiology
and Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory
CHEM 1073
CHEM 1071L
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4
or CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
CHEM 2613
CHEM 2611L
Organic Physiological Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lecture)
and Organic Physiological Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lab)
4
or CHEM 3603
CHEM 3601L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Fine Arts and Humanities (6 hours)6
Select 3 hours Fine Arts from state minimum core
Select 3 hours Humanities from state minimum core
Social Sciences (9 hours)
AGEC 1103Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics3
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
Select 6 hours Social Sciences from State Minimum Core6
Poultry Science Core (35 hours)
POSC 1003Introduction to Poultry Science3
POSC 2343Poultry Production3
POSC 2353Poultry Breeder Management3
POSC 3033Animal Physiology3
POSC 3123Principles of Genetics3
or BIOL 2323 General Genetics
POSC 3223Poultry Diseases3
POSC 3554Avian Anatomy4
POSC 4314Egg and Meat Technology4
POSC 4343Poultry Nutrition3
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Seminar: Research Topics
Seminar: Professionalism
Seminar: Problem Solving
Seminar: Processing Regulations
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Honors Thesis
Internship in Poultry Science
Research Experience
General Electives (12 hours)12
Students should discuss recommended electives with academic/faculty adviser
20 hours from concentration requirements (PSID, PSPP)20
Total Hours120

Requirements for a Major in Poultry Science with a Poultry Science Industry Concentration

PSID Concentration
AGEC 2303Introduction to Agribusiness3
FDSC 4122Food Microbiology2
POSC 4233Value Added Muscle Foods3
POSC 4213Integrated Poultry Management Systems3
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following:9
Agricultural Law I
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture
Companion Animal Nutrition
Poultry Breeding
Brain and Behavior
Upper Level AGEC Course (3 hrs)
Total Hours20

Poultry Science B.S.A. with Poultry Science Industry Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the degree plan should go to the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4:
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4  
POSC 1003 Introduction to Poultry Science3  
Fine Arts/Humanities State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 3.2)1, 23  
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3
POSC 2353 Poultry Breeder Management  3
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1)  3
Communication Intensive Elective (Recommend COMM 1313 Public Speaking) (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 1.2 and 5.1)  3
Social Sciences State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)3  3
Year Total: 14 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
POSC 2343 Poultry Production3  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4:
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
or CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L
4  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3:
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
3  
U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.2)3  
POSC 3554 Avian Anatomy4  
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
or AGEC 2403 Quantitative Tools for Agribusiness
  3
POSC 2413 Domestic Animal Microbiology
& POSC 2411L Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory
or BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L
  4
Fine Arts/Humanities State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 3.2)1, 2  3
Social Sciences State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 3.3 and 4.1)4  3
Communication Intensive Elective (Recommend ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public)  3
Year Total: 17 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
AGEC 2303 Introduction to Agribusiness3  
CHEM 2613 Organic Physiological Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lecture)
& CHEM 2611L Organic Physiological Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lab)
or CHEM 3603 and CHEM 3601L
4  
FDSC 4122 Food Microbiology2  
PSID Concentration Elective3  
General Elective3  
POSC 4811 Seminar: Professionalism
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
1  
POSC 3033 Animal Physiology  3
POSC 3223 Poultry Diseases  3
PSID Concentration Elective  3
General Elective  3
AFLS 400VH Honors Thesis
or POSC 401V Internship in Poultry Science
or POSC 402V Research Experience
  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
POSC 4314 Egg and Meat Technology4  
POSC 4811 Seminar: Professionalism
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
1  
General Elective3  
PSID Concentration Elective3  
POSC 3123 Principles of Genetics
or BIOL 2323 General Genetics
3  
POSC 4343 Poultry Nutrition  3
POSC 4233 Value Added Muscle Foods  3
POSC 4213 Integrated Poultry Management Systems (Satisfies General Education Outcome 6.1)  3
POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4811 Seminar: Professionalism
  1
General Elective (2-3 hours)  3
Year Total: 14 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for B.S.A. in Poultry Science with Pre-Professional Science Concentration

Requirements for a Major in Poultry Science

State minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements:
(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Requirements (1 hour)
UNIV 1001University Perspectives1
Communications (12 hours)
Select 6 hours English from state minimum core6
Communication Intensive Elective - 6hrs (see degree audit for approved course list)6
U.S. History or Government3
Select 3 hours from U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core
Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)
MATH 1203College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)3
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Tools for Agribusiness
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Physical and Biological Sciences (16 hours)
BIOL 1543
BIOL 1541L
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4
BIOL 2013
BIOL 2011L
General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture)
and General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab)
4
or POSC 2413
POSC 2411L
Domestic Animal Microbiology
and Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory
CHEM 1073
CHEM 1071L
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4
or CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
CHEM 2613
CHEM 2611L
Organic Physiological Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lecture)
and Organic Physiological Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lab)
4
or CHEM 3603
CHEM 3601L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Fine Arts and Humanities (6 hours)6
Select 3 hours Fine Arts from state minimum core
Select 3 hours Humanities from state minimum core
Social Sciences (9 hours)
AGEC 1103Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics3
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
Select 6 hours Social Sciences from State Minimum Core6
Poultry Science Core (35 hours)
POSC 1003Introduction to Poultry Science3
POSC 2343Poultry Production3
POSC 2353Poultry Breeder Management3
POSC 3033Animal Physiology3
POSC 3123Principles of Genetics3
or BIOL 2323 General Genetics
POSC 3223Poultry Diseases3
POSC 3554Avian Anatomy4
POSC 4314Egg and Meat Technology4
POSC 4343Poultry Nutrition3
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Seminar: Research Topics
Seminar: Professionalism
Seminar: Problem Solving
Seminar: Processing Regulations
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Honors Thesis
Internship in Poultry Science
Research Experience
General Electives (12 hours)12
Students should discuss recommended electives with academic/faculty adviser
20 hours from concentration requirements (PSID, PSPP)20
Total Hours120

Requirements for a Major in Poultry Science with a Poultry Science Pre-Professional Science Concentration

PSPP Concentration
BIOL 2533Cell Biology3
CHEM 3813Elements of Biochemistry3
Select a minimum of 14 hours from the following:14
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Biotechnology in Agriculture
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Ethics and the Professions
College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture)
and College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab)
College Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lecture)
and College Physics II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2024 Lab)
Current Approaches in Agricultural Laboratory Research
Honors Current Approaches in Agricultural Laboratory Research
Companion Animal Nutrition
Brain and Behavior
Upper Level CHEM or BIOL
Total Hours20

Poultry Science B.S.A. with Poultry Science Pre-Professional Science Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the degree plan should go to the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4:
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4  
POSC 1003 Introduction to Poultry Science3  
Fine Arts/Humanities State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 3.2)1, 23  
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3
POSC 2353 Poultry Breeder Management  3
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1)  3
Communication Intensive Elective (3 hrs) (Recommend COMM 1313 Public Speaking) (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 1.2 and 5.1)  3
Social Sciences State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)3  3
Year Total: 14 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
POSC 2343 Poultry Production3  
General Elective (Recommend CHEM 1103/1101L University Chemistry I)4  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3:
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
3  
U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.2)3  
POSC 3554 Avian Anatomy4  
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
or AGEC 2403 Quantitative Tools for Agribusiness
  3
POSC 2413 Domestic Animal Microbiology
& POSC 2411L Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory
or BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L
  4
POSC 2413 Domestic Animal Microbiology
& POSC 2411L Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory
or BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L
  3
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4:
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
or CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L
  4
Fine Arts/Humanities State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 3.2)1, 2  3
Communication Intensive Elective (Recommend ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public)  3
Year Total: 17 20
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
BIOL 2533 Cell Biology3  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
or CHEM 2613 and CHEM 2611L
4  
PSPP Concentration Elective (Recommend PHYS 2013/2011L College Physics I w/lab)4  
General Elective 3  
POSC 4811 Seminar: Professionalism
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
1  
POSC 3033 Animal Physiology  3
POSC 3223 Poultry Diseases  3
PSPP Concentration Elective (Recommend CHEM 3613/3611L Organic Chemistry II)  4
PSPP Concentration Elective (Recommend PHYS 2033/2031L College Physics II)  4
POSC 402V Satisfies General Education Outcome 6.1:
AFLS 400VH Honors Thesis4
or POSC 401V Internship in Poultry Science
or POSC 402V Research Experience
  3
Year Total: 15 17
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
POSC 4314 Egg and Meat Technology4  
POSC 4811 Seminar: Professionalism
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
1  
CHEM 3813 Elements of Biochemistry3  
PSPP Concentration Elective2  
POSC 3123 Principles of Genetics
or BIOL 2323 General Genetics
3  
General Elective2  
POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
or POSC 4801 Seminar: Research Topics
  1
POSC 4343 Poultry Nutrition  3
Social Sciences State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 3.3 and 4.1) 5  3
General Electives4  3
Year Total: 15 10
 
Total Units in Sequence:  123

Minor in Poultry Science (POSC-M)

A student planning to minor in poultry science should declare the minor with their major dean's office and consult a departmental adviser to discuss requirements. The minor consists of 16 hours to include the following:

Core Requirements (10 hours)
POSC 1003Introduction to Poultry Science3
POSC 2343Poultry Production3
Choose 4 hours from the following:4
Avian Anatomy
Egg and Meat Technology
Controlled POSC Electives (6 hours)6
Choose a minimum of 6 hours from the following:
Poultry Breeder Management
Animal Physiology
Poultry Diseases
Avian Anatomy
Principles of Genetics
Poultry Breeding
Egg and Meat Technology
Poultry Nutrition
Exotic Companion Birds
Current Approaches in Agricultural Laboratory Research
Integrated Poultry Management Systems
Value Added Muscle Foods
Brain and Behavior
POSC Elective (3 hours)
Total Hours16

 Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate of Excellence in Poultry Science

Students entering the Certificate of Excellence Program must 1) meet the admission requirements for the University of Arkansas and 2) have completed 90 hours of coursework with a 2.0 or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree may also consider this program. Typical careers include production/processing/allied positions in the poultry industry, graduate studies are also an option.

Curriculum Outline:

POSC 3033Animal Physiology3
POSC 3223Poultry Diseases3
POSC 3554Avian Anatomy4
POSC 4213Integrated Poultry Management Systems3
POSC 4314Egg and Meat Technology4
POSC 4343Poultry Nutrition3
POSC 4801Seminar: Research Topics1
or POSC 4821 Seminar: Problem Solving
POSC 4811Seminar: Professionalism1
or POSC 4831 Seminar: Processing Regulations
POSC 401VInternship in Poultry Science3
POSC 410VSpecial Topics in Poultry Science3

Faculty

Alrubaye, Adnan A., Ph.D., M.Ed. (University of Arkansas), M.Sc. (University of Baghdad), Assistant Professor, 2016, 2021.
Bottje, Walter G., Ph.D. (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign), M.S. (Southern Illinois University), B.S. (Eastern Illinois University), Professor, 1985, 1993.
Caldwell, David J., Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. (Texas A&M University), Professor, 2019.
Clark, Fred D., Ph.D., D.V.M., M.S., B.S. (Texas A&M University), Extension Professor, 1994, 2007.
Coon, Craig N., Ph.D., M.S., B.S. (Texas A&M University), Professor, 1997.
Donoghue, Annie, Ph.D. (F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine), M.S. (Texas A&M University), B.S. (San Diego State University), Research Professor, 2000.
Dridi, Sami, Ph.D., M.S. (National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, France), B.S. (Superior Institute of Mateur, Tunisia), Professor, 2013, 2018.
Erf, Gisela F., Ph.D. (Cornell University), M.S., B.S. (University of Guelph, Canada), Professor, Avian Immunology Professorship, 1994, 2004.
Hanning, Casey Owens, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. (Texas A&M University), Professor, 2000, 2017.
Hargis, Billy M., Ph.D., D.V.M. (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), M.S. (University of Georgia), B.S. (University of Minnesota), Distinguished Professor, Sustainable Poultry Health Chair, 2000, 2017.
Kidd, Michael T., Ph.D. (North Carolina State University), M.S., B.S.A. (University of Arkansas), Professor, 2010.
Kong, Byungwhi, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), B.S. (Korea University), Associate Professor, 2006, 2012.
Kuenzel, Wayne J., Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M.S., B.S. (Bucknell University), Professor, 2000.
Kwon, Young Min, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), M.S., B.S. (Seoul National University), Associate Professor, 2002, 2008.
Marcy, John A., Ph.D., M.S. (Iowa State), B.S. (University of Tennessee), Extension Professor, 1993, 2006.
Orlowski, Sara K., Ph.D., M.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Cornell University), Assistant Professor, 2019.
Rath, Narayan C., Ph.D., M.S. (University of Delhi-India), B.S. (Utkal University-India), Research Professor, 1992, 1998.
Rochell, Samuel J., Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign), M.S., B.S. (Auburn University), Assistant Professor, 2016.
Sun, Xiaolun, Ph.D., M.S. (Virginia Polytech Institute and State University), B.S. (Southern China Agricultural University), Assistant Professor, 2016.
Tellez-Isaias, Guillermo, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), Visiting Professor, 2002.
Wideman, Robert F., Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), B.A. (University of Delaware), Professor, 1993.

Courses

POSC 1003. Introduction to Poultry Science. 3 Hours.

To introduce the student to the career opportunities in the poultry science industry. Students will be introduced to biological sciences associated with poultry. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Fall)

POSC 1062. Sustainable Integrated Small Animal Farming. 2 Hours.

Practical information on small scale animal production, including practical strategies for farm planning, issues of economic and environmental sustainability, best management practices, biosecurity, disease prevention, and farm safety will be presented. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 1062.

POSC 2343. Poultry Production. 3 Hours.

To develop a basic foundation about the practices utilized to produce broilers and turkeys. Course will highlight hatchery function and management; embryo development and hatching; chick/poultry transportation, preparation and maintenance of facilities for rearing birds, bird environment, nutrition, and health. Also to be covered are the different roles associated with live production in an integrated company. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Fall)

POSC 2353. Poultry Breeder Management. 3 Hours.

Students will be introduced to the management practices used in production of young and adult chickens, turkeys, and other poultry with special emphasis on broiler, breeder, and market egg production. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Spring)

POSC 2411L. Domestic Animal Microbiology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

This course is designed for students working on their Poultry Science, Animal Science, and/or Food Science degrees. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to collect samples aseptically from live birds and meat samples, transport samples, and culture samples on a variety of different microbiological media. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit one of the microbiology labs in the local poultry production facilities. Students will learn how to handle samples, stain bacterial cells, and identify unknown bacteria from field samples. A lab period will be assigned to teaching students on how to use bacteria in food production by teaching students how to prepare and sample yogurt. Corequisite: POSC 2413. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 2411L.

POSC 2413. Domestic Animal Microbiology. 3 Hours.

Basic concepts of domestic animal and poultry microbiology including diversity, genetics, metabolism, growth, control of growth, pathogenesis, and immunology. Prerequisite: (BIOL 1543 and BIOL 1541L) and (CHEM 1073 or CHEM 1103 or CHEM 1123). Corequisite: POSC 2411L. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 2413.

POSC 3013. Exotic Companion Birds. 3 Hours.

Topics include basic care, health, breeding, bird evolution, anatomy, and nutritional management of commonly kept exotic companion birds, including parrots, cockatoos, macaws, finches, canaries, and pigeons. Discussion will include housing and care for individual pet birds and large scale breeding and production. Lecture/discussion 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

POSC 3033. Animal Physiology. 3 Hours.

Fundamental aspects of central nervous, musculoskeletal, reproductive, digestive, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems will be covered. The normal structure and function of these systems will be emphasized. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543 and CHEM 1123 or CHEM 1073. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is equivalent to ANSC 3033.

POSC 3123. Principles of Genetics. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of heredity, with special emphasis on the improvement of farm animals. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543 and MATH 1203 or higher. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 3123.

POSC 3223. Poultry Diseases. 3 Hours.

Common diseases affecting poultry reared under commercial conditions will be covered including diagnosis, therapy and prevention. Immunity, sanitation practices, and chemoprophylaxis will also be covered. Lecture 3 hours per week with some demonstrations, slides and videotapes. Prerequisite: BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L and junior standing. (Typically offered: Spring)

POSC 3381. Poultry Judging and Selection. 1 Hour.

Practice in production judging and flock selection. Laboratory 3 hours per week. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

POSC 3513. Current Approaches in Agricultural Laboratory Research. 3 Hours.

A laboratory course to introduce students to current laboratory research techniques used in agricultural and life sciences. Hands-on laboratory exercises will emphasize current cellular and molecular research techniques, laboratory notebook keeping, data interpretation, and presentation of results. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 3513.

POSC 3513H. Honors Current Approaches in Agricultural Laboratory Research. 3 Hours.

A laboratory course to introduce students to current laboratory research techniques used in agricultural and life sciences. Hands-on laboratory exercises will emphasize current cellular and molecular research techniques, laboratory notebook keeping, data interpretation, and presentation of results. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with POSC 3513, ANSC 3513.

POSC 3554. Avian Anatomy. 4 Hours.

Detailed coverage of the external and internal anatomy of poultry, including formation and development of the egg and embryo. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543. (Typically offered: Fall)

POSC 400V. Special Problems. 1-9 Hour.

Special problems in the poultry sciences for advanced students. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

POSC 401V. Internship in Poultry Science. 1-6 Hour.

Supervised work experience with private or government organizations to introduce students to professional areas of work in poultry science. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 8 hours of degree credit.

POSC 402V. Research Experience. 1-6 Hour.

An undergraduate research experience should familiarize students with the research process and expand their knowledge in areas of poultry science through scientific literature searches and hands-on experiential learning. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

POSC 4033. Statistical Process Control in the Food Industry. 3 Hours.

Analysis of processing data related to compliance with regulatory limits, quality & safety limits and internal & external customer specifications. Emphasizes statistical process control chart development, including understanding data and chart selection, calculating statistical limits, and interpreting process performance. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. (Typically offered: Irregular)

POSC 410V. Special Topics in Poultry Science. 1-4 Hour.

Topics not covered in other courses or for a more intensive study of specific topics in poultry science. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for degree credit.

POSC 4123. Legal Issues in Animal Agriculture. 3 Hours.

An issues-oriented course focusing on the legal issues involved in the production of poultry, swine and livestock. Emphasis will center on the laws, regulations and policy arguments involved in animal confinement, antibiotic use, humane slaughter and veterinary medicine, along with other related issues. The wide range of regulation from local to state to federal, depending on the issue will be studied and discussed. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)
This course is cross-listed with AGEC 4123, ANSC 4123.

POSC 4163. Companion Animal Nutrition. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to focus on the digestive anatomy, physiology, and nutrient metabolism of non-herbivorous companion animals, primarily dogs and cats. Topics discussed will also include an overview of the pet food industry, its regulations and commonly utilized ingredients. Students will gain a deeper understanding of nutrition as it relates to life stages and various disease states that can affect both dogs and cats. This course will require a Saturday trip to one or two off campus facilities. Prerequisite: ANSC 3143 or POSC 4343. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 4163.

POSC 4213. Integrated Poultry Management Systems. 3 Hours.

Major managerial systems in the integrated commercial poultry industry. Development of an understanding of the basic decision making processes of poultry companies and the factors influencing those decisions. Prerequisite: POSC 2353 and AGEC 1103 and AGEC 2303. (Typically offered: Spring)

POSC 4233. Value Added Muscle Foods. 3 Hours.

An intense study of muscle structure and how it relates to the development of further processed meat products. Muscle ultrastructure, protein functionality, product development, and quality analysis will be covered. In class hands on activities will also be included to allow students to obtain experience of producing processed meat products. Prerequisite: POSC 4314. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)

POSC 4314. Egg and Meat Technology. 4 Hours.

Study of the science and practice of processing poultry meat and egg products; examination of the physical, chemical, functional and microbiological characteristics of value added poultry products; factors affecting consumer acceptance and marketing of poultry products and the efficiency of production. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: (CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L) or (CHEM 1073 and CHEM 1071L) and BIOL 1543 and BIOL 1541L. (Typically offered: Fall)

POSC 4333. Poultry Breeding. 3 Hours.

Application of new developments in poultry breeding for efficient egg and meat production. Not intended for students interested in a career in veterinary sciences. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher and junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

POSC 4343. Poultry Nutrition. 3 Hours.

Principles of nutrition as applied to the formulation of practical chicken and turkey rations. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: CHEM 2613 or CHEM 3603 and junior standing. (Typically offered: Spring)

POSC 4613. Muscle Growth and Development. 3 Hours.

This is an undergraduate level course offering detailed insights into skeletal muscle morphological, physiological, cellular, and molecular factors affecting muscle structure and function, with special emphasis on cellular and molecular regulation of muscle growth and development, such as myo-, fibro-, and adipo-genesis. And the relationship between the properties of skeletal muscle and meat quality. ANSC 3033 and(or) CHEM 3813 are recommended as a prerequisite(s). (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 4613.

POSC 4801. Seminar: Research Topics. 1 Hour.

Required by all poultry science majors. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing and COMM 1313. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)

POSC 4811. Seminar: Professionalism. 1 Hour.

Addressing issues associated with preparation for finding and retaining your first job in the poultry industry. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

POSC 4821. Seminar: Problem Solving. 1 Hour.

Real world problem solving of poultry production systems. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Junior/ senior standing. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)

POSC 4831. Seminar: Processing Regulations. 1 Hour.

Processing plant procedures and regulations with an emphasis on problem solving. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

POSC 4923. Brain and Behavior. 3 Hours.

Covers cellular through neural systems, major brain functions and comparative neuroanatomy. Topics include ion channels, membrane and action potentials, synaptic integration, neurotransmitters, major brain regions of mammals and birds, sensory and autonomic nervous systems, neuroendocrine system, and control by the brain of critical functions and behavior. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: (ANSC 3033 or POSC 3033) or PSYC 2003, or BIOL 2213, or BIOL 2443, or BIOL 2533. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with ANSC 4923.