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Dairy Science

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266 Animal Sciences Building, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-263-3308; dysci.wisc.edu/

Professors Weigel (chair), Armentano, Combs, Fricke, Gianola,  Ruegg, Shaver, Wattiaux, Wiltbank; Assistant Professors Cabrera, Hernandez, Stanton, White

Undergraduates in dairy science prepare for a variety of career opportunities that require a strong background in applied animal biology. Careers include: agribusiness, dairy farm management, technical service and consulting, research, and teaching. Students also enroll in the department to prepare for veterinary school, medical school, or graduate school. Course work in the major includes animal genetics, lactation, reproduction, nutrition and management. The department may be consulted for additional details and for specific career information.

The dairy science major can be earned under the Bachelor of Science degree program. The dairy science major may be combined with other majors such as agricultural and applied economics, biological systems engineering, genetics, life sciences communication, and agronomy. Multiple out-of-classroom learning opportunities are included in the curriculum and internships on farms or with agribusiness are required to provide the practical training needed for success in any 21st-century careers. Many students gain valuable experience through part-time employment in research labs or in the student-operated dairy cattle instruction and research center.

Students benefit from integration of the instructional and research programs of the department. Discoveries from the research laboratories reach the classroom long before they appear in textbooks. The co-curricular Badger Dairy Club involves students in dairy industry events that provide leadership and networking opportunities in a vibrant industry.

Requirements for the Major

Mathematics and Statistics (6–8 cr)

Math 112 or 114 or 171 or may be satisfied by placement exam
Stat 201 or 301 or 371

Chemistry (8–15 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Chem 103 and 104 and Bmolchem 314
(b) Chem 103 and 104 and Biochem 501
(c) Chem 103 and 104 and Bmolchem 503
(d) Chem 103 and 104 and Biochem 507 and 508
(e) Chem 108 and Bmolchem 314
(f) Chem 109 and Bmolchem 314
(g) Chem 109 and Biochem 501
(h) Chem 109 and Bmolchem 503
(i) Chem 109 and Biochem 507 and 508

Biology (13 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130 and Genetics 160
(b) Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130 and Genetics 466
(c) Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152 and Genetics 160
(d) Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152 and Genetics 466
(e) Biocore 301 and 302 and 303 and 304 and 323 (381 and 382 and 383 and 384 and 485, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13]

Economics (3–4 cr)

AAE 215* or Econ 101
*AAE 215 only carries QR-B credit if taken Fall 2011 or later.

Core (23 cr)

An Sci/Dy Sci 101
Dy Sci 305
An Sci/Dy Sci/Nutr Sci 311
An Sci/Dy Sci 313
An Sci/Dy Sci 361
An Sci/Dy Sci 362 or 363
An Sci/Dy Sci 414
Dy Sci 433
An Sci/Dy Sci 434

Capstone (5 cr)

Dy Sci 399
Dy Sci 535
Dy Sci 690

Recommended Dairy Science Electives

Additional Courses in Dairy Science (all specializations)
Dy Sci 205, 272, 302, 370, 375*, 468

Independent Study Opportunities (all specializations)
Dy Sci 299, 699

Recommended Electives for Pre-Vet or Research Specialization
Acct I S 300
An Sci 200, 375*, 404
Biochem 501, 507, 508
Biocore 324, 333
Bmolchem 503
Chem 327, 341, 343
C&E Soc 222
English 100
Finance 300
Food Sci 120, 325
Gen Bus 310, 311
Inter-Ag 312
L Sc Com 212, 270
Math 210, 211, 217, 221
MHR 422
Microbio 101, 303, 304, 330
Nutr Sci 332
Physics 103, 104
Physiol 335
Zoology 335, 350, 351, 431, 570, 572

Recommended Electives for Agri-Business Specialization
Acct I S 300
AAE 320, 321, 322, 323, 343, 419
An Sci 321, 375*
Econ 102, 111
Envir St 343
Finance 300
Food Sci 120
Gen Bus 301, 302, 310, 311
Inter-Ag 312
Intl Bus 200
L Sc Com 212, 270, 431, 435
MHR 300, 305
Marketing 300, 305
OTM 300
RMI 300

Recommended Electives for Dairy Operation Management Specialization
Acct I S 300
AAE 320, 321, 322, 323, 419, 421
Agronomy 300, 302, 326
An Sci 321, 375*
BSE 367
C&E Soc 222
Envir St 339
Finance 300
Food Sci 120
F&W Ecol 248
Gen Bus 301, 302, 310, 311
Hort 328
Inter-Ag 312
Intl Bus 200
L Sc Com 212, 270, 431, 515
Marketing 300
MHR 300, 305
OTM 300
PL Path 300
Poli Sci 217
Real Est 306
RMI 300
Soil Sci 301
Spanish 101, 102, 203, 204, 223

Recommended Electives for Cross-Disciplinary Specialization
AAE 344 (244, effective spring 2014), 350, 373 [catalog update 8/23/13]
An Sci 321, 375*
BSE 367
C&E Soc 222, 230, 245, 260, 340
Cnsr Sci 360
Envir St 332, 339, 344, 367
Food Sci 120, 235, 321
F&W Ecol 248
Gen Bus 320
Inter-Ag 312, 393
L Sc Com 212, 251, 515
Marketing 305
Nutr Sci 132, 332
Poli Sci 219
STS 201
Soil Sci 324
Spanish 101, 102, 203, 204, 223

*Students should see their advisor for details about special topics courses to be taught as 375 (the temporary number assigned to new courses) each semester