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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Technical competency within the disciplines of Dairy Science (Dairy Husbandry and Dairy Products Technology), with particular emphasis on the science, industry and practice.
  2. Effective communication skills and leadership.
  3. An advanced level of critical thinking skills and problem solving capability.
  4. The capability of maintaining consistent, professional behavior and performance in a rapidly changing work environment.
  5. Strong awareness of society as a whole and of agriculture’s place in society.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

DSCI 100Enterprise Project2
or DSCI 339 Internship in Dairy Science
or ASCI 290 Animal Production and Management Enterprise
or ASCI 339 Internship in Animal Science
DSCI 123Dairy Science Orientation1-2
or ASCI 101 Introduction to the Animal Sciences
DSCI 201Introduction to Dairy Nutrition and Feed Ingredients4
or ASCI 220 Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding
DSCI 223Frozen Dairy Foods4
or DSCI 241 Dairy Cattle Selection, Breeds, Fitting and Showing
DSCI 230General Dairy Husbandry4
DSCI 231General Dairy Manufacturing4
DSCI 233Milk Processing and Inspection4
DSCI 234Dairy Foods Evaluation2
DSCI 301Dairy Cattle Nutrition4
or DSCI 401 Physical and Chemical Properties of Dairy Products
DSCI 321Lactation Physiology4
or DSCI 444 Dairy Microbiology
DSCI 330Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology4
or DSCI 434 Cheese and Fermented Dairy Foods
DSCI 333Dairy Animal Health, Safety and Applied Technology4
or DSCI 402 Quality Assurance and Control of Dairy Products
DSCI 422Breeding and Genetics of Dairy Cattle4
or DSCI 435 Concentration/Fractionation and Butter Technology
DSCI 432Advanced Dairy Herd Management4
or DSCI 433 Dairy Plant Management and Equipment
DSCI 461Senior Project3
DSCI 463Undergraduate Seminar2
or ASCI 363 Undergraduate Seminar
BIO 111General Biology4-5
or BIO 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
or CHEM 312 Survey of Organic Chemistry
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (B3 & B4) 14-5
or CHEM 127 General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 1, 24
MCRO 221Microbiology (B2 & B4) 14
Approved electives 3
At least 19 units must be 300-400 level
Consult with academic advisor regarding career tracks
Select from the following:45
Forage Crops
Environmental Horticulture
California Fruit Growing
Introduction to Vegetable Science
Agricultural Economics
Agribusiness Financial Accounting
Food and Fiber Marketing
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
Introduction to Agricultural Education
FFA and Supervised Agriculture Programs
Agricultural Leadership
Principles of Animal Science
Meat Science
Introduction to Beef Production
Livestock Evaluation
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
Animal Genomics
Technical Veterinary Skills
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Production Medicine
Reproductive Physiology
Veterinary Pharmacology
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology
Animal Metabolism and Nutrition
Systemic Animal Physiology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Survey of Genetics
Agricultural Mechanics
Agricultural Machinery Safety
Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Biochemical Principles
Business and Professional Communication
Any DSCI course
Introduction to Food Science
Elements of Food Processing
Elements of Food Safety
Introduction to Principles of Food Engineering
Food Quality Assurance
Food Plant Sanitation and Prerequisite Programs
News Reporting and Writing
Agricultural Communications
Public Health Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management
College Physics I
College Physics II
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Any courses used in the following minors:
Agricultural Communication
Crop Science
Environmental Soil Science
Equine Science
Food Science
Poultry Management
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives3-5
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


MATH 116 and MATH 117 substitute.


Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Support; also satisfies GE