Poultry Science (PhD)
The Department of Poultry Science provides outstanding educational experiences for students and service to poultry producers, poultry related businesses and the general public through the discovery, verification and dissemination of relevant, science based knowledge.
The Department of Poultry Science offers excellent opportunities for graduate study for qualified students with degrees in biology, chemistry, economics and poultry science. Graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees are offered in the fields of poultry products, nutrition, microbiology, molecular biology, mycotoxicology, genetics, physiology, management, and parasitology. Facilities for graduate training include laboratories with the latest equipment for studies in cellular and molecular biology, enzymology, lipid and mineral metabolism, environmental and reproductive physiology, physiological and population genetics and in avian diseases and parasites.
Equipment is available for electrophoretic and chromatographic separation, fractionation procedures, and use of radioactive isotopes, including a whole body counter. Specialized equipment includes liquid scintillation detectors, spectrometers, cell culture incubators, ultracentrifuge, fluorescence microscopy, thermocyclers, amino acid analyzer, gas-liquid chromatograph, high pressure chromatographs, and numerous other modern instruments.
Excellent experimental poultry facilities are also available for studies, where large numbers of birds are required for research in the various areas of specialization in the graduate program, including a controlled temperature house for work in environmental physiology, and a sophisticated poultry processing facility.
Superior students are encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships and fellowships which are available through the department.
The 8000 numbered courses in nutrition are listed in the offerings of animal nutrition.