The dairy science curriculum provides training for a variety of career opportunities in agriculture, particularly those involved with dairy cattle or associated industries. Although many graduates own or manage dairy operations, the majority find employment in such career areas as agribusiness management, biotechnology, dairy foods manufacturing, marketing, publicity and promotion, or research. Pre-veterinary medicine requirements may be completed in the dairy science curriculum.
Dairy science majors have the opportunity to study at the Iowa State University Dairy Farm. This 887 acre facility opened in 2007 and is home to 450 dairy cows.