Animal Science Major (B.S.)

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The Animal Science B.S. is designed for students interested in animal agriculture. Students who are considering continuing their studies through graduate school are advised to take the recommended additional courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics. The Animal Science B.S. is one of many pathways for admission to veterinary school. Because admission to veterinary school is highly competitive due to the limited number of available spaces and the high standards for admission, students are advised to choose an academic program that deeply interests them. Simply taking the prerequisite courses required by veterinary schools without considering alternate career goals is not advisable.

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
or BIOL 555 Experimental Design and Analysis Laboratory (EDAL)
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry 15
Requirements for All Animal Science Majors
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
ANSC 406Careers in Animal Science1
ANSC 421Animal Agriculture Today4
ANSC 511Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 512Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 543Technical Writing in Animal Sciences (or equivalent) 22
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of Domestic Animals4
Ethics Course
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
Disease Course
Select one of the following:2-4
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
Equine Diseases
Diseases of Small Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Camelids
Reproduction Course
Select one of the following:4
Physiology of Reproduction
Physiology of Lactation
Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
Major Electives
Select 3 electives from the following: 39-14
Equine Science
Survey of Equine Training Techniques
Integration of Culture and Agriculture in Ireland: Past, Present, and Future
Field Experience
Equine Diseases
Diseases of Small Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Camelids
Dairy Industry Travel Course
Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)
Physiology of Reproduction
Ruminant Nutritional Physiology
Dairy Nutrition
Physiology of Lactation
Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
Equine Sports Medicine
Advanced Dairy Management I
Advanced Dairy Management II
Collaborative Farm Design and Development
Equine Senior Seminar
Honors Senior Thesis
Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management
Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques
Dairy Selection
Introduction to Dairy Herd Management
Equine Conformation and Lameness
Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management
Equipment and Facilities Management
Companion Animal Diseases
Animal Business Applications
Applied Equine Management
Applied Animal Businss: Concepts and Practices
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
Financial Accounting
Cell Culture
Pathogenic Microbiology
Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function
Infectious Disease and Health
Pathologic Basis of Disease
Mammalian Physiology
Public Speaking
Public Speaking as a Civic Art
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
Agricultural and Food Policy
Introduction to Organizational Behavior
Team Experience in Agroecosystems Management (TEAM - Organic)
Principles of Aquaculture
Principles of Aquaculture Lab
Animal Behavior
Neurobiology and Behavior
Total Credits74-81

 Students interested in graduate school should take 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 651/653 and CHEM 652/654) and one semester of General Biochemistry (BMCB 658/659) in place of BMCB 501.


ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing, ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing or ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis


Two courses must be selected at the 500 level or above. For classes less than 3 credits, 2 must be taken together to count as 1 elective.

Capstone Experience

The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course (e.g., ANSC 698 Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)ANSC 728 Advanced Dairy Management II, ANSC 750 Collaborative Farm Design and Development, ANSC 795 Investigations, ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience or ANSC 799 Honors Senior Thesis), created work, product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., mentored research projects, and other special student activities).

GPA Requirements for All Students in Animal Science

Students will be required to earn a C- or better in all required courses for the animal science major to receive credit toward graduation. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit.

Requirements for Animal Science Students Interested in Graduate/Veterinary School

BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

Students interested in veterinary medicine should consult the pre-veterinary medicine program website