Avian Sciences, Minor College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Anne Todgham, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

The Program

The flexibility of the program and the close personal interaction between students, faculty, and specialists in the field give students a large role in selecting and designing their own course work. Due to the infrequency of course offerings, students must meet with a Staff Advisor in the Animal Science Advising Center to pursue this minor.

Internships & Career Alternatives

Independent study, undergraduate research, and internships are emphasized in the Avian Sciences program. Birds for laboratory or special study are housed within the main building as well as at the research farm and the experimental aviary.


Advising for the minor and course offerings is located in the Animal Science Advising Center in 1202 Meyer Hall; 530-754-7915.

Minor Advisor. Russ Hovey, Ph.D.

Choose one:2-3
Introduction to Poultry Science
Birds, Humans & the Environment
Management of Captive Birds
Captive Raptor Management
Choose remaining units from:15-16
Avian Biology
Avian Development & Genomics
Raptor Biology
Avian Reproduction
Management of Birds
Egg Production Management
Nutrition of Birds
Designing & Performing Experiments in Avian Sciences
Pig & Poultry Care & Management
Avian Physiology
Biology & Conservation of Wild Birds
Ecology of Waterfowl & Game Birds
Related Courses
Agricultural Markets
Pig & Poultry Care & Management
Developmental Biology
NUT 123
NUT 123L
Total Units17-19