What is Poultry Science?

The Department of Poultry Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Science. Graduates with this degree receive a broad education in the science and business of animal agriculture, focusing on poultry. They are prepared to enter a variety of careers in either the public or private sector and many students are also ready to apply to a professional school in medicine, dental, pharmaceutical or the veterinary sciences. Our graduates typically get several job offers upon completion of their undergraduate studies.

Why Poultry Science?

The poultry industry is a global industry reaching all parts of the world. There are real opportunities for graduates to pursue careers in rural and urban settings on both foreign and domestic soils. In the future, there will be challenges and opportunities; careers related to poultry will be in high demand. We are one of the most industry-supported departments at the University of Arkansas and with this tremendous support comes financial assistance, scholarships, internships, incredible facilities, classrooms and more. A degree in poultry science will open doors for you at the state and national levels as well as throughout the world.

The Department of Poultry Science offers:

  • Non-competitive scholarships (if you qualify, you receive funding)
  • Top-paid internships
  • Interviews with top poultry and allied companies when you are a senior to help secure a top-paying, entry-level position upon graduation.


Our faculty is the best in the world. They are researchers for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, and their innovative research moves right into the classroom. You will have the opportunity to learn from award-winning scientists, and if you are interested, conduct your own undergraduate research. They will treat you like family, not a number.

Career Opportunities with a Poultry Science Degree

  • Biosciences
  • Distribution
  • Environmental quality & safety
  • Food safety
  • Food technology
  • Genetics/breeding
  • Government agencies
  • Growout/breeder management
  • Immunology
  • Live production management
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Physiology
  • Poultry health & diseases
  • Poultry nutrition
  • Product research & development
  • Quality control/quality assurance
  • Research/teaching/extension
  • Sales/marketing

Post Graduate Options:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Graduate school in poultry science
  • Other professional schools