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Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Dairy Science and Technology Special Major

Dairy Science and Technology Special MajorDairy Industry in California
The rapid growth in California’s dairy industry has positioned the state to lead the nation in dairy related activities. The two highest growth areas of California’s dairy industry over the period of 1985-2004 have been the production of cheese (432%) and milk (117%). The milk usage for cheese production is projected to grow from 46% to 54% by 2015. The dairy industry generated $47.4 billion in economic activity at the production and processing levels in 2005. In 2005, the industry employed 434,000 full-time workers. (Source: California Milk Advisory Board)

Dairy Science and Technology Special Major

Career Opportunities

  • Manufacturing Dairy Products
  • Research and Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Testing and Analysis
  • Microbiology and Safety
  • Government and Regulatory Affairs
  • Distributing, Wholesaling, and Retailing

The Special Major
The degree of sophistication and technical expertise needed in today’s dairy industry require a multidisciplinary approach. California State University, Fresno’s interdisciplinary curriculum integrates a variety of subjects to foster a balanced understanding of the scientific and economic components that characterize this industry. Students complete coursework in basic science and general education, milk production, dairy processing and packaging, marketing and business, and in-plant training.

Interdisciplinary Program Chart

B.S. Degree Program

Dairy Science and Technology Special MajorSpecial Major Objectives

  1. To provide an innovative and technically trained workforce for the dairy industry.
  2. To provide research and development support for sustaining the growth of the dairy industry.


  • Dairy Farm with Holstein and Jersey Herds
  • Milking Parlor
  • Dairy Processing Laboratory
  • Sensory Evaluation Laboratory
  • Farm Market
  • Research Center
  • Analytical Laboratory
  • QA/QC Laboratory
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Modern Library

Dairy Science and Technology Special MajorFor more information on the Dairy Science and Technology Special Major, contact the Faculty CoordinatorJon D. Robison, PhD.  If you do not receive a timely response from either faculty member and it is during the University's summer, winter or spring break, please contact the Department of Food Science and Nutrition for more information.

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