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Poultry Science

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What is Poultry Science?

The University began offering specialized study in the poultry sciences even before creating the Department of Poultry Science in 1912. In the years since, hundreds of students have received degrees in poultry science. The department is proud of the fact that most graduates enter poultry professions after graduation. Poultry production is Georgia's largest agricultural industry, and agriculture is Georgia's largest industry. In 1995, poultry accounted for more than 40% of the total farm receipts in Georgia.

Undergraduate students may prepare for a career in the poultry industry or for further study in various graduate programs. Students study the genetics, embryology, and physiology of the bird, nutrition, diseases, poultry and poultry products, and economics and business. This knowledge may be applied to the management of flocks and the management of poultry firms.

The poultry science major offers flexibility in preparing for a career. Certain courses must be in the poultry sciences, but, with careful planning, the student may incorporate courses in accounting, economics, or statistics into the program of study. Students may also take courses in finance, marketing, management, or agricultural economics courses such as farm management or agricultural marketing. Many students now support their business interests with computer training.Students often take other agricultural courses, such as the animal sciences, agronomy, entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology to broaden their agricultural understanding. Students expecting to enter graduate programs will expand their knowledge in mathematics, statistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, physics, and computer science.

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Practical Experiences

While the sciences are emphasized in this program of study, the student has numerous opportunities to work with birds and the products of the poultry industry. In the husbandry courses, students select hatching eggs, incubate eggs, vaccinate and debeak chicks, set up brooding facilities, and rear broilers and pullets. Each student must complete laboratory work on egg and poultry meat quality characteristics and study how these characteristics are maintained in marketing channels.

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Career Alternatives

A number of graduates have begun their poultry careers supervising broiler or growing operations or in the production of table or hatching eggs. Others become supervisors in processing plants, feedmills, or hatcheries. Others work for equipment manufacturers and for the firms supplying medicines, vaccines, and sanitation supplies. Still others enter education and communication fields such as extension and agricultural education. The brochure entitled "A Poultry Career is Waiting For You" provides a more complete list of the many rewarding careers related to the poultry industry. Contact us to request a copy.

Students who qualify may continue their studies for advanced degrees in graduate programs. Graduate study in nutrition, physiology, genetics, parasitology, or management may lead to careers in teaching and/or research.

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Preparation for the Poultry Science Major

High School Preparation

Recommended as part of, or in addition to, UGA admission requirements:

  • Math through Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Computer experience

Transfer Preparation Recommended:

  • Precalculus
  • Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
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