Poultry Science

The Department of Poultry Science has been recognized nationally for programs specializing in poultry processing.

Students in Poultry Science study the nutrition, marketing, management and business skills needed in poultry production. Poultry Science students receive a foundation in basic sciences and mathematics as well as an understanding of the poultry industry.

Poultry Science majors are prepared to pursue a veterinary degree.

Quick facts

More than half of the current undergraduate students in poultry science are receiving scholarships. Most of these scholarships are funded by former poultry industry leaders as well as individuals.

In the Alabama and Southeastern poultry industries, there are approximately five times as many employment opportunities for poultry science graduates as there are graduates to fill them.


Poultry Science at Auburn has four degree tracks—Poultry Production, Poultry Pre-Vet, Poultry Processing and Products, and Food Science—which allow students to tailor their studies toward their own interests.

Students studying Poultry Production are prepared for a rewarding career in any area of poultry production and the allied industries. The curriculum allows flexibility to develop expertise in an area of interest.

The Poultry Pre-Vet/Pre-Professional option provides the strong science background needed for graduate programs and veterinary school, as well as technical industry positions.

Poultry Processing and Products provides students with the technical background needed for careers in food safety, microbiology, food processing, product quality assurance and product development.

Food Science graduates are prepared to enter many areas of the food industry, including quality control, research and development, and management.

Click here for Poultry Science Curriculum Models in:

  • Food Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Poultry Products and Processing
  • Poultry Production


  • Food Scientist
  • Bioterrorism Specialist
  • Processing and Product Manager
  • Product Quality Assurance Manager
  • Geneticist
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Nutritionist
  • Engineer
  • Agribusiness Salesperson
  • Veterinarian
  • Nutritionist


  • Food Product Research and Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Food Chemistry
  • Product Development
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Technology Companies
  • High Schools and Colleges
  • Extension Systems
  • Hatcheries
  • Poultry Farms
  • Processing Plants
  • Feed Mills
  • Commodity Brokerages
  • Consulting Firms
  • Commercial Labs
  • Private Research Firms
  • Food Equipment Manufacturers


To learn more about Poultry Science, contact Student Services or visit the Poultry Science website.

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

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