Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Food Technology for Companion Animals

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Food Technology for Companion Animals
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Advisor: Randy Wehling (FDST), Lisa Karr-Lilienthal (ASCI)
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Food Technology for Companion Animals

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Food Technology for Companion Animals

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Food Technology for Companion Animals


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Randy Wehling (FDST), Lisa Karr-Lilienthal (ASCI)


Food technology for companion animals is a cooperative program between the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology. Students will be prepared for positions of responsibility in the pet food industry, one of the fastest growing industries in North America. Many pet foods are similar to human foods in how they are processed, but are designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of different companion animals. Graduates of this program will be uniquely prepared to find employment with manufacturers and providers of pet foods and related products, in areas such as research and new product development, processing technology, production management, and quality assurance.

Students build on a strong foundation in the basic sciences by completing extensive course work in food chemistry and analysis, food microbiology and safety, food engineering and processing, and quality assurance. These courses are coupled with courses in companion animal nutrition and management. This curriculum also fits well for students in pre-professional programs, especially those considering a professional program in veterinary medicine.


College Integrative Course3

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)32

BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry (3 cr) & Lab (1 cr)4

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 312 Microbiology3

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

NOTE: Students interested in a career in research, medicine, or planning to seek an advanced degree should also take CHEM 252 and CHEM 254.

Select one from:5

MSYM 109 & MSYM 109L Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (4 cr) & Lab (1 cr)

PHYS 151 & PHYS 153 Elements of Physics (4 cr) & Lab (1 cr)

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

NOTE: The one-semester comprehensive courses MSYM 109 and MSYM 109L, or PHYS 151 and PHYS 153, are recommended. Students applying to post-graduate professional programs that require a two-semester physics sequence may use PHYS 141 to fulfill the physics requirement for the degree.

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)8

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics or ECON 215 Statistics3

MATH 102 Trigonometry2

MATH 104 Applied Calculus3


ACE Outcome 13

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

ACE Outcome 23

Select from: ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 286, NRES 260

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Technology Requirements49-52

FDST 107 Introduction to the Companion Animal Food Industry (ASCI 107)1

FDST 101 Introductory Food Science (2 cr) or ASCI 100 Fundamentals of

Animal Biology & Industry (4 cr)2-4

Core Courses7

FDST 403 Food Quality Assurance3

FDST 451 Food Science & Technology Seminar or ASCI 491 Animal Science Seminar1

FDST 460 Food Product Development Concepts or ASCI 486 Animal Biological Systems (ACE 10) (Capstone courses)3

Process Technology11-12

FDST 363 Heat & Mass Transfer (MSYM 363)3

FDST 465 Food Engineering Unit Operations (MSYM 465)3

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

FDST 412 Cereal Technology (3 cr) or AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr)2-3

Food Chemistry10

FDST 205 Food Composition & Analysis3

FDST 448 Food Chemistry3

FDST 449 Food Chemistry Lab1

FDST 458 Advanced Food Analysis3

Food Microbiology5

FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445)3

FDST 406 Food Microbiology Lab (BIOS 446)2

Animal Management and Nutrition13

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals4

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals3

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding3

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition3


Minimum Requirement for Graduation120