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Animal Science

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.)

College: College of Agriculture, Engineering & Technology


Animal Science involves study of the science and business of producing domestic livestock, such as beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and goats.  An animal scientist applies principles of the biological, physical, and social sciences to the problems associated with livestock production, management, and welfare.  Animal Science is also concerned with human food (meat, milk, eggs, etc.) produced from domesticated livestock species.  The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in the U.S.  In addition, Animal Science includes aspects of companion animals (horses, dogs, cats, etc.), including their nutrition, care, and welfare.

Emphasis Areas:

  • Animal Science
  • Equine Management
  • Pre-veterinary
  • Prerequisites

    Students majoring in Animal Science must complete the following courses as part of their general education courses:

    • SCOM 1203, Oral Communication
    • CHEM 1013  and 1011, General Chemistry I and Lab OR CHEM 1043 and 1041, Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry and lab
    • ECON 2313, Macroeconomics OR ECON 2333, Economic Issues and Concepts
    • BIO 2103 and 2101, Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health and Laboratory OR BIO 4104, Microbiology**

    ** In order to receive General Education credit for either of the microbiology courses, students must take BIO 1303 and BIO 1301, Biology of Animals and Lab 

  • Careers

     Below is a list of jobs available for qualified Animal Science students:

    • Allied animal industries such as feed and equipment manufacturers, artificial breeding associations, pharmaceutical firms, meat processors, and food distributors employ animal scientists in various technical, managerial, administrative, public relations, and sales positions.  
    • Breeding and livestock marketing organizations employ animal scientists as field representatives, managers, consultants, market forecasters, and public relations specialists.  
    • Extension educators with animal sciences training find professional teaching positions as state and area livestock specialists and county agricultural agents.  
    • Food processors, meat packers, and related industries seek persons with meat science background for positions in management, product and process development, purchasing, quality assurance, technical and consumer services, advertising, and sales.  
    • Formal training in the basic animal sciences provides essential background for professional careers in veterinary medicine.
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