Department Chair: Dr. Vikram V. Mistry
The Dairy and Food Science Department offers outstanding opportunities for initiating careers in the areas of Dairy Production, Dairy Manufacturing, and Food Science.
The first dairy courses were taught in 1890, nine years after the territorial legislature passed an act to establish the College and one year after South Dakota became a state. Dairy research became part of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1901.The Department of Animal Husbandry was formed in 1907 as the Dairy Husbandry Department. The Dairy Husbandry Department's name was changed to the Dairy Science Department in 1964. In 2015 Food Science was added as a new major to the department at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the department's name was changed in 2016 to Dairy and Food Science Department.