Major in Poultry Production

The Poultry Production program is a more traditional and generalized track that focuses on: bird nutrition, health, and management. 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 un understanding of the poultry industry.

What is Poultry Production?

About Poultry Production at Auburn University

Poultry is the top producing agricultural commodity in the state of Alabama and our students have experienced the significant impact of the industry locally as well as globally. It encompasses every aspect of the poultry industry that creates and maintains optimal living conditions.

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Poultry Production Curriculum

Auburn University Poultry Science Poultry Production Curriculum

If you want a better understanding of what this major entails, you can learn about the courses required to graduate with a degree in Poultry Production.

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Megan Watson, former Poultry Science Minor at Auburn University

Megan Watson, ’15 graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Poultry Science.

You might wonder what a Minor in Poultry Sciences can contribute to within your college experience. Did you know that agriculture and food-related degrees are becoming progressively more important in our society? 

Discover why you should minor in Poultry Science and learn about the benefits it will have in addition to your current major. Hint: besides being a unique point on your resume when applying to vet school or another professional option, it also opens up the field of Agriculture as a career opportunity. 

We’d like to give you a snapshot of what a Poultry Science minor looks like!

Courses in the Minor: 15 hours required
Course Number Course Title Course Hours Semester Held  
POUL 1000 Introduction to Poultry Science                   3 Fall  
POUL 3030 Commercial Poultry Production                   4 Fall  


Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Semester Held
POUL 3060 Poultry Breeding, Fertility and Hatchability 4 Spring
POUL 3150 Poultry Physiology 4 Spring
POUL 5050 Poultry Feeding 4 Fall
POUL 5080 Poultry Health 3 Spring
POUL 5140 Poultry Processing and Products 4 Fall
POUL 5160 Principles of Food Safety 3 Spring

You will also need to maintain a calculated GPA in the Minor of 2.0 (minimum)

Megan Watson, ’15, graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Poultry Science. Megan was accepted to medical school and will be starting in the summer of 2016.

“Being an Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet major, I knew it would be beneficial to find myself a minor that would aide in my vet school aspirations,” she said, “Once I narrowed down my field of study, I took a look at the Poultry Science classes and saw that it was the best fit to get a full breadth of knowledge across different species.”

Most notably, Megan noticed that courses like Poultry Breeding, Poultry Physiology, and Poultry Health could all correlate to Veterinary medicine, and therefore look impressive when applying to vet-schools.

Outside of the classroom, Megan notes the friendships she made with other poultry students. What impressed her the most about these students? Their positive attitudes, their ambition, and noted that within the department students, faculty and staff want the best for each other.

“The people I met in Poultry Science immediately resonated with me. They accepted me right away, and I feel closer with them than most of the students in my major,” she said.

Megan could have easily taken the required poultry courses without getting too much involved in the department, but she describes joining the Poultry Science Club as the “hands-down best decision while here at Auburn.” She says, “Going into the minor, I didn’t expect much of poultry besides more experience with handling animals. But, once I got involved with my classes and Poultry Science Club, I realized it was so much more than that.”

And when it comes to the science? Megan notes, “I love that in Poultry Science, labs truly are a hands-on experience. You learn by doing and that truly helps in both the learning aspect and when applying for internship opportunities and future careers.”

Poultry Production Photos

Poultry Production