Animal Science - Dairy, A.A.S., Major #0562

Animal Science - Dairy is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses.

The dairy industry is the largest of all agricultural enterprises in New York, and ranks third in the nation in the production of milk. Today’s New York dairy industry is exciting and challenging. The industry needs qualified young people trained in the management of modern dairy farms, as well as the areas of nutrition, reproduction, herd health and farm supplies, to mention a few.

The Animal Science - Dairy curriculum is a progressive practical program concentrating on dairy cattle management, emphasizing both managerial and hands-on experiences. This curriculum is based on dairy courses that provide a science and business background. A strong emphasis is placed on application of these principles with our 200-cow free-stall dairy herd of registered Holsteins. Student-management programs are enhanced with a dairy complex which features a milking parlor and classrooms hooked up to dairy cattle management software.

Upon completion, students may enter the bachelor of technology program in Dairy Management, or another bachelor degree program that fits their specific interests. In addition to the academic program, students have the opportunity to participate in related activities such as Dairy Club, Collegiate FFA, Dairy Judging Team, Autumn Review Sale, National Agriculture Day, Showmanship Contest, and The Northeast Dairy Challenge.  Students who plan to transfer to a four-year program should elect appropriate science courses such as biology and/or chemistry, and mathematics.

Career opportunities exist in dairy production management, dairy nutrition, artificial insemination, reproductive management, agri-business employment and many others.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Employ sound judgment, problem-solving and critical thinking skills when working with dairy cattle.

  • Conduct the necessary research, analysis, evaluation, and critical thinking skills required of dairy management.

  • Provide training and practical hands on skills for a career in dairy management.

Curriculum Requirements - 60 Credits

courses

credits

DANS 100 Dairy Nutrition

3

DANS 110 Dairy Breeding

3

DANS 120 Anatomy & Physiology of the Dairy Cow

3

DANS 140 Dairy Cattle Judging 

1

DANS 150 Dairy Farm Practicum I

2

DANS 151 Dairy Farm Practicum II

2

DANS 160 Introduction to Dairy Science

3

DANS 210 Dairy Health 

3

DANS 220 Dairy Herd Management 

3

DANS 225 Dairy Production & Management

3

DANS 240 Dairy Farm Data Management

1

AGBS 100 Agricultural Economics

     OR

AGBS 225 Environmental Economics

3

AGBS 200 Marketing Agricultural Products

3

AGBS 240 Farm Management and Finance

4

AGRO 110 Soil Science

3

AGRO 210 Field Crops

3

ACCT Accounting as advised

3

AGSC 132 Intro to Computer Applications in Precision Farming I

     OR

OFFT 110 Intro to Spreadsheet Software 

AND 1 of the following 3 OFFT courses:

OFFT 100 Intro Word Processing Software   1

OFFT 106 Personal Computer Keyboarding  1

OFFT 109 Intro to Presentation Software     1

2

COMP 101 Composition and Research

3

COMP 102 Writing About Literature

OR

COMM 111 Introduction to Speech

3

MATH as Advised 

3

Additional SUNY General Education Credits

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 17 Credits

DANS 100 - Dairy Nutrition

3

DANS 160 - Introduction to Dairy Science

3

DANS 150 - Dairy Farm Practicum I

2

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

AGRO 110 - Soil Science

3

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

Year 1/Spring - 13 Credits

DANS 110 - Dairy Breeding

3

DANS 120 - Anatomy & Physiology

3

DANS 140 - Dairy Cattle Judging

1

DANS 151 - Dairy Farm Practicum II

2

DANS 240 - Dairy Farm Data Management

1

AGBS 200 - Marketing of Agricultural Products

3

Year 2/Fall - 16 Credits

DANS 210 - Dairy Health

3

DANS 220 - Dairy Herd Management

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

AGRO 210 - Field Crops

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 14 Credits

DANS 225 - Dairy Production & Management

3

AGSC 132 - Computer Application in Precision Farming I

2

ACCT -Accounting as Advised

3

GenEd (GAH, GA, GOC, GSS, GWC)

3

COMP 102 or COMM 111 as Advised

3