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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.
2 + 2 Agreement with Jones County Junior College
JCJC students transferring to MSU's poultry science program can expect a smoother transition thanks to a new two-plus-two agreement. The agreement goes into effect Fall 2013 and allows specific courses in JCJC's curricula to transfer to MSU's poultry science program. It is one of numerous two-plus-two curriculum agreements MSU has with Mississippi community colleges. As Mississippi's premier agricultural industry, poultry generates $2.47 billion each year and represents 33 percent of the state's total farm-gate value. Jones County is home to the state's biggest broiler producer, Sanderson Farms.
Poultry Science Departmental scholarships are awarded on a semester basis. You must apply for a scholarship each semester. Applications for scholarships for the Spring Semester are due by February 1. Applications for scholarships for the Fall Semester are due by September 1. To be considered for a Poultry Science Scholarship, a student must:
- Be a full-time undergraduate Poultry Science Major
- Currently enrolled students must complete 12 credit hours each semester, and have a cumulative and MSU GPA of 2.5 or greater.
Our research programs and teaching curriculum mirror current industry practices. As such, we have a large percentage of graduates that work in the industry and allied industry (62% as a current average). However, all seniors have opportunities for employment in the poultry industry. The department supports Mississippi's largest commodity, which has provided 100% placement of our graduates since the first Poultry Science degree was awarded in 1948. The poultry industry employs approximately 24,000 people in Mississippi with an additional 23,000 jobs created as an indirect effect of the poultry industry. Mississippi is home to seven broiler companies and the world's largest egg producing company. Entry-level jobs and training programs in these companies requiring a four year degree include, but are not limited to, the following areas: live production areas, the hatchery, the feed mill, and processing and products. Further, since poultry is a growing business and there are a limited number of Poultry Science graduates, students have career opportunities throughout the United States. A baccalaureate degree in Poultry Science is an excellent start to a career in agribusiness, or entry into veterinary school or graduate school.