Bruce Richards, Chairperson
The curriculum in Dairy Science emphasizes the basic sciences, economics, and general education, as well as courses in professional dairy science. As a result, the students are prepared to enter a wide variety of occupations directly and indirectly related to the field of specialization.
With a 95% rate of placing graduates within six months of graduation, there are a variety of employment opportunities for Dairy Science graduates. Opportunities are found principally in six occupational categories: sales and service, production, teaching, veterinary medicine, research and agribusiness. The drug and feed industries are particularly interested in dairy science graduates for sales and administrative positions. Service opportunities are available in state and federal civil services, artificial insemination, state extension services, dairy plant and farm inspection, and cooperatives offering supplies and services to the dairyman.
A number of graduates enter productive farming as dairy herd managers, farm managers, and farm owners. Teaching at the secondary school level in the sciences has become an increasingly popular field for graduates in dairy science. In recent years, graduate work leading to industrial research and college teaching positions has been attracting a number of graduates.
Students interested in attending veterinary school can meet the requirements for veterinary programs offered in the United States through the Dairy Science program. Veterinary schools have unique admission requirements; thus, students should choose their undergraduate elective credits carefully to meet veterinary school requirements.
The total number of credits required for graduation with a degree in Dairy Science is 131, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning. The Experience360 (E360) at Delaware Valley College is a graduation requirement for all fulltime undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple E360 activities and will earn 4 credits for the E360 depending on their major's program requirements.
• Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two experiential learning activities with at least one for academic credit.
• Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in Experiential Learning Activities.
• All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any Experiential Learning Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete Experience360.