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Dairy Science


Dairy science programs teach people the science of dairy production and management.

Students learn dairy cattle science and nutrition. They study food science, safety, and milk products.

Dairy science programs include topics such as:


Very few community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in dairy science. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. An associate degree prepares students to work as a dairy science technician. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

A few colleges and universities also offer bachelor's degrees or courses in dairy science. Typically, they are part of a agriculture or animal science department. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study.

A few schools offer graduate degrees in dairy science. Often, these programs focus on the breeding, genetics, and physiology of dairy cows. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most courses will include hands-on experience working with dairy cows kept on site. This experience includes milking, feeding, checking cattle health, and keeping records.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in dairy science typically include:

Things to Know

People with a background and degree in dairy science often can work as show judges for state fair and 4-H contests.

A degree in dairy science is considered good preparation for veterinary medicine school.

Most programs have on-site milking facilities. In addition, several programs operate working farms. These usually include animal holding rooms and research laboratories.

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.


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