Students may specialize in the areas of genetics, genomics, immunology, management, molecular biology, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, and product quality assurance. M.S. students may also specialize in the area of livestock or poultry management. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs are encouraged and students are given wide latitude to develop customized programs of study directed toward specific career goals. The department has 27 faculty members who serve the needs of about 500 undergraduate and about 40 graduate students.