2016-17 Academic Catalog

Department of Poultry Science

Major Advisor: Assistant Professor Aaron Kiess
Office: Hill Poultry Science

The U.S. poultry industry is a $21 billion+ business employing hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Mississippi ranks 4th in broiler production and is continuing to expand. This dynamic industry employs about 25,000 Mississippians directly and another 25,000 indirectly.

The Poultry curriculum provides for in-depth study of scientific principles important in the production, processing and marketing of poultry and poultry products. The curriculum is designed with academic and experiential components to ensure that graduates are prepared to manage people and resources vital to this important food industry. Poultry students should also expect to develop creative thinking skills that will allow them to develop solutions for complex real world problems as they develop their careers as managers. The strong science content of the curriculum also makes it an excellent fit for pre-vet students and students interested in graduate studies. The department provides one-on-one advising for all Poultry Science students. Concentrations available are:

  • Production Systems
  • Business Management
  • Processed Products
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Only grades of C or higher will be accepted for all PO courses as well as BIO 3103, GNS 3103, and VS 2033.

BS in Poultry Science (PO)

Degree Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Mathematics
MA 1313College Algebra3
Choose one of the following:3
Trigonometry (Pre-Vet Conc. Only)
All other concentrations select from General Education courses
Science
See major/concentration9
Humanities
Select from General Education courses6
Fine Arts
Select from General Education courses3
Social Sciences
Select from General Education courses6
Major Core
MGT 3513Introduction to Human Resource Management3
PO 3011Seminar1
PO 3021Seminar1
PO 3103Genetics I3
PO 3313Commercial Poultry Production3
PO 4031Seminar1
PO 4041Seminar1
PO 4033Diseases of Poultry3
PO 4313Management of Commercial Layers3
PO 4324Avian Reproduction4
PO 4334Broiler Production4
PO 4413Poultry Nutrition3
PO 4423Feed Manufacturing3
PO 4514Poultry Processing4
PO 4844Avian Anatomy and Physiology4
PO 3353Poultry Production Internship3
PO 3363Poultry Processing Internship3
FLS 1113Spanish I3
FNH 4414Microbiology of Foods4
Oral Communication Requirement
Satisfied by successful completion of PO 3021, 4031, and 4041
Writing Requirement
Satisfied by successful completion of PO 4324 and 4844
Computer Literacy
Satisfied by successful completion of PO 4324 and 4844

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Production Systems Concentration (POPS)

The technical aspects of poultry production demands knowledge of business operation, building construction and the operation of the sophisticated equipment utilized throughout the industry. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in entering into a personal poultry operation of field services with large poultry enterprises.

ABE 1863Engineering Technology in Agriculture3
ABE 4383Building Construction3
ABE 4473Electrical Applications3
ACC 2013Principles of Financial Accounting3
AEC 3133Introductory Agribusiness Management3
BIO 1123Animal Biology3
BL 2413The Legal Environment of Business3
CH 1043Survey of Chemistry I3
EG 1143Graphic Communication3
PSS 3303Soils3
AEC 2713Introduction to Food and Resource Economics3
BIO 2113Plant Biology3
Free Electives6
Total Hours122

Business Management Concentration (POBM)

Poultry is one of the largest agribusinesses in the U.S. The business management concentration satisfies all the requirements for a minor in Agribusiness. Thus, this concentration offers lucrative employment opportunities to the poultry science major.

ACC 2013Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACC 2023Principles of Managerial Accounting3
AEC 4123Financial and Commodity Futures Marketing3
BIO 1123Animal Biology3
BL 2413The Legal Environment of Business3
CH 1043Survey of Chemistry I3
EC 2113Principles of Macroeconomics3
AEC 3133Introductory Agribusiness Management3
AEC 2713Introduction to Food and Resource Economics3
AEC 3233Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy3
BIO 2113Plant Biology3
Free Electives9
Total Hours122

Processed Products Concentration (POPP)

The future growth of the poultry industry is closely associated with advancements in processing technology. There is a large demand for well trained poultry scientists with this capability. This processed products concentration satisfies the requirements for a minor in Food Science.

BCH 4013Principles of Biochemistry3
BIO 1134Biology I4
BIO 1144Biology II4
CH 1213Chemistry I3
CH 1223Chemistry II3
CH 4513Organic Chemistry I3
CH 4523Organic Chemistry II3
FNH 4164Quality Assurance of Food Products4
FNH 4241Applied Food Chemistry1
FNH 4243Composition and Chemical Reactions of Foods3
FNH 4583Food Preservation Technology3
Free Electives8
Total Hours122

Pre-Veterinary Concentration (PVSP)

The Pre-Veterinary concentration allows a student to satisfy the pre-veterinary requirements while completing a B.S. in Poultry Science. The Poultry Science department offers a 3 + 1 program for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Contact the Poultry Science department for these requirements.

ACC 2013Principles of Financial Accounting3
AEC 3133Introductory Agribusiness Management3
BCH 4013Principles of Biochemistry3
BIO 1134Biology I4
BIO 1144Biology II4
CH 1211Investigations in Chemistry I1
CH 1213Chemistry I3
CH 1221Investigations in Chemistry II1
CH 1223Chemistry II3
CH 4511Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CH 4513Organic Chemistry I3
CH 4521Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CH 4523Organic Chemistry II3
PH 1113General Physics I3
PH 1123General Physics II3
Free Electives5
Total Hours124

Poultry Minor

The need for people who have specialized knowledge outside of classic poultry science is growing rapidly. Currently the industry recruits and employs personnel trained in areas such as accounting, biological sciences, computer science, human nutrition, nursing, microbiology, engineering, food technology, advertising and marketing, veterinary medicine, human resource management and law. A minor in Poultry Science provides these individuals with enhanced employment opportunities in the poultry industry.

Students will be required to complete the following courses to receive a minor in Poultry Science.

PO 3313Commercial Poultry Production3
PO 4313Management of Commercial Layers3
PO 4334Broiler Production4
PO 4413Poultry Nutrition3
PO 4514Poultry Processing4

Courses

PO 1013 Animal Agriculture & Society: Food for Thought: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Exploration of connections between animal agriculture and society including animal production systems, food and fiber production, consumer perceptions and addressing concerns regarding the growing world population. (Same as ADS 1013)

PO 2990 Special Topics in Poultry Science: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PO 3011 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Preparation and presentation of specially assigned current problems in poultry science

PO 3021 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Preparation and presentation of specially assigned current problems in poultry science

PO 3103 Genetics I: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. (Prerequisites: MA 1313 or higher, BIO 1134 or higher or BIO 2113 or higher ). Principles of heredity, genetic material, and gene expressions. (Same as BIO 3103, GNS 3103)

PO 3313 Commercial Poultry Production: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An introduction to practical management problems encountered in the production of commercial eggs, broiler production, and breeding flocks

PO 3353 Poultry Production Internship: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Structured, progressive experiential learning with the live production division of a poultry integrator

PO 3363 Poultry Processing Internship: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Structured, progressive experiential learning with the processing of a poultry integrator

PO 3423 Poultry Evaluation I: 3 hours.

Two Hour Lecture. Two Hour Laboratory. Grading/evaluation of live poultry and market products using different methods and grading scales based on USDA standards and the American Standard of Perfection

PO 3433 Poultry Evaluation II.: 3 hours.

Two Hour Lecture. Two Hour Laboratory. (Prerequisites: PO 3423 or consent of instructor). Grading/evaluation of live poultry including turkeys and market products using different methods and grading scales based on USDA standards and cull factors

PO 4000 Directed Individual Study in Poultry Science: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PO 4031 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Preparation and presentation of specially assigned current problems in poultry science

PO 4033 Diseases of Poultry: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Survey of cause, effects, diagnosis, prevention, and control of common poultry diseases

PO 4041 Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Preparation and presentation of specially assigned current problems in poultry science

PO 4313 Management of Commercial Layers: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Management of laying flocks as related to production of edible eggs; including housing, cage design, equipment, feeding techniques, lighting, molting and other factors involved with efficient production

PO 4324 Avian Reproduction: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Principles of avian reproductive physiology and applications in poultry management to maximize reproductive performance. Reproductive characteristics of several bird species are included

PO 4334 Broiler Production: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Practical management problems encountered in the production of broilers including breeding, housing, brooding, diseases, and feeding; field trips to intensified broiler areas

PO 4413 Poultry Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients in avian species. Special emphasis is given to practical nutritional needs of commercial poultry flocks

PO 4423 Feed Manufacturing: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Mill design and equipment; procurement, storage and quality control for ingredients and complete feeds; formulation of practical type poultry rations

PO 4512 Poultry Products Safety and Sanitation: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or greater.) Two hours lecture. Poultry product safety hazards, food safety systems (HACCP), principles and practices of food sanitation related to poultry products and poultry safety regulations (same as FNH 4512/6512)

PO 4514 Poultry Processing: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study of commercial poultry processing including poultry inspection, regulations, processed poultry products, egg processing, and food safety. (Same as FNH 4514/6514)

PO 4844 Avian Anatomy and Physiology: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Anatomy and physiology of the fowl with emphasis on morphology, structure, and function of the avian body. (Same as PHY 6844)

PO 4990 Special Topics in Poultry Science: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PO 6313 Management of Commercial Layers: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Management of laying flocks as related to production of edible eggs; including housing, cage design, equipment, feeding techniques, lighting, molting and other factors involved with efficient production

PO 6324 Avian Reproduction: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Principles of avian reproductive physiology and applications in poultry management to maximize reproductive performance. Reproductive characteristics of several bird species are included

PO 6334 Broiler Production: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Practical management problems encountered in the production of broilers including breeding, housing, brooding, diseases, and feeding; field trips to intensified broiler areas

PO 6413 Poultry Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients in avian species. Special emphasis is given to practical nutritional needs of commercial poultry flocks

PO 6423 Feed Manufacturing: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Mill design and equipment; procurement, storage and quality control for ingredients and complete feeds; formulation of practical type poultry rations

PO 6512 Poultry Products Safety and Sanitation: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or greater.) Two hours lecture. Poultry product safety hazards, food safety systems (HACCP), principles and practices of food sanitation related to poultry products and poultry safety regulations (same as FNH 4512/6512)

PO 6514 Poultry Processing: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study of commercial poultry processing including poultry inspection, regulations, processed poultry products, egg processing, and food safety. (Same as FNH 4514/6514)

PO 6523 Advanced Poultry Processing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:PO 4513/6513). Three hours lecture. Study of preparation of poultry for consumption including all pertinent technology, product flow, equipment and applicable regulations

PO 6833 Avian Anatomy: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Anatomy of the fowl with emphasis on morphology and organization of the avian body structures

PO 6844 Avian Anatomy and Physiology: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Anatomy and physiology of the fowl with emphasis on morphology, structure, and function of the avian body. (Same as PHY 6844)

PO 6990 Special Topics in Poultry Science: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PO 7000 Directed Individual Study in Poultry Science: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PO 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Poultry Sciences: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PO 8011 Graduate Seminar in Poultry Science: 1 hour.

One-credit course for graduate students. Focus will include, but will not be limited to, exploration of current and historical literature; in-depth analysis of selected research topics/journal articles; discussion of relevant analytical techniques in research; preparation and presentation of original research

PO 8123 Methods in Nutrition Research: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Application of analytical methods used in research techniques;practice in writing research proposals, conducting a research project, and preparing research finds suitabale for scientific publication

PO 8443 Avian Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of the nutrient functions, dietary relationships deficiency symptons,distribution in feedstuffs and quantitative requirements of nutrients

PO 8990 Special Topics in Poultry Sciences: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PO 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Poultry: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged