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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.

ASCI 101Introduction to the Animal Sciences2
ASCI 220Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding4
ASCI 340Animal Welfare and Ethics4
ASCI 363Undergraduate Seminar2
DSCI 102Dairy Operations and Safety2
or ASCI 339 Internship in Animal Science
DSCI 202Dairy Promotion and Marketing4
DSCI 229General Dairy Manufacturing4
DSCI 230General Dairy Husbandry4
DSCI 233Milk Processing and Inspection4
DSCI 241Dairy Cattle Selection, Breeds, Fitting and Showing4
DSCI 301Dairy Cattle Nutrition4
DSCI 321Lactation Physiology4
DSCI 330Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology4
DSCI 333Dairy Animal Health, Safety and Applied Technology4
DSCI 422Breeding and Genetics of Dairy Cattle4
DSCI 432Advanced Dairy Herd Management4
ASCI 477Senior Project - Research Experience in Animal Science3
or ASCI 479 Senior Project - Current Topics in Animal Science
Upper Division Designated Electives
Select from the following:8
Physical and Chemical Properties of Dairy Products
Quality Assurance and Control of Dairy Products
Advanced Dairy Nutrition
Dairy Farm Consultation
Dairy Microbiology
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B3) 1, 24
or BIO 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B4) 1, 34
MCRO 221Microbiology4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
Approved Electives
At least 7 units must be 300-400 level 4
Consult with academic advisor regarding career tracks 5
Select from the following:30
Agricultural Economics
Agribusiness Financial Accounting
Food and Fiber Marketing
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
Agricultural Personnel Management
Orientation to Agricultural Communication & Agricultural Science
Agricultural Communications
Foundations of Agricultural Leadership
Principles of Animal Science
Introduction to Beef Production
Livestock Evaluation
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Animal Genetics
Animal Genomics
Technical Veterinary Skills
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Production Medicine
Physiological Chemistry of Animals
Reproductive Physiology
Veterinary Pharmacology
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction
Assisted Reproduction Technologies of Gametes and Embryos Laboratory
Applied Animal Behavior Science
Animal Metabolism and Nutritional Modeling
Systemic Animal Physiology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Diversity and History of Life
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
Organic Chemistry III
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Biochemical Principles
Business and Professional Communication
Any DSCI course
Introduction to Food Science
Food Processing Operations
Elements of Food Processing
Elements of Food Safety
Sensory Evaluation of Food
Principles of Food Engineering
Food Quality Assurance
Food Plant Sanitation and Prerequisite Programs
News Reporting and Writing
Public Health Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management
College Physics I
College Physics II
College Physics I Laboratory
Forage Crops
Environmental Horticulture
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Any courses used in the following minors:
Agricultural Communication
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Leadership
Crop Science
Environmental Soil Science
Equine Science
Food Science
Meat Science and Processing
Poultry Management
Rangeland Resources
Water Science
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives5
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 56 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units56