The University of Arkansas will be creating a dual-degree in poultry science with Missouri State University.
This dual-degree transfer program, focused on poultry science, is part of a memorandum of understanding between the UA’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and its Department of Poultry Science and Missouri State University’s William H. Darr College of Agriculture.
As part of this program, animal science majors at Missouri State will be able to complete their senior year at the University of Arkansas in the poultry program. When these students graduate, they will earn degrees from both universities, receiving a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Missouri State and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural, food and life sciences with a poultry science concentration from the University of Arkansas.
To participate in the 3+1 program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, complete pre-approved courses, and pay all tuition and fees for both Missouri State and University of Arkansas courses.
“We offer one of the premier poultry science programs in the nation,” Dean Deacue Fields of Bumpers College, said in a statement. “The industry is demanding more degreed professionals, and our graduates are highly sought after. Poultry is obviously a huge part of the agricultural industry and economy in Arkansas, but also in Missouri and other surrounding areas. We are excited to be able to partner with Missouri State and its students and faculty on addressing an industry demand in our region and beyond. Along with other existing agreements, we are now able to work with students at other institutions to the south, east and north of us.” The purpose of the MSU/U of A 3-plus-1 poultry science transfer degree program is to give more students access and preparation for poultry industry careers.
The University of Arkansas is developing a scholarship fund to assist transferring students from Missouri State and will working to provide internship opportunities, according to a university release.
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