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Dairy and Food Science Department

Shaping the dairy industry of the 21st century

With nearly 100 percent of our students finding jobs directly out of college, the Dairy and Food Science Department takes pride in knowing our programs are an elite part of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.

Students can earn Bachelor’s, Master's, or Ph.D. degrees in our programs, though academic success is only a portion of our mission.

We also provide outstanding service to dairy and food producers around the world through our dairy Extension and food safety Extension services. Our timely dairy and food science research, where students augment faculty projects, is the third element of our noteworthy discipline.

The Dairy and Food Science Department prepares leaders in milk production and processing businesses and other aspects of dairy and food, a popular, critical, and ever-growing component of the American food industry.


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