Animal Sciences involves applying the basic principles of nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry.

It also deals with the processing and use of products from these animals for the benefit of the human population.

Within the Animal Sciences major, you may pursue one of three options:

  • Animal Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Pre-Professional

Your College Courses

Most of the 30 courses offered by the Animal and Food Sciences Department are relatively small, typically less than 30 students. This provides an opportunity for individualized instruction in both general and specific subject matter areas:

General Subjects
  • genetics/animal breeding
  • reproductive physiology
  • animal nutrition/ration formulation
  • live animal and carcass evaluation
Specific Subjects
  • Equine Science
  • Beef Cattle Science
  • Dairy Cattle Science
  • Swine Science
  • Sheep Science
  • Poultry Production


Animal Sciences faculty teach courses in the area of their expertise (nutrition, reproductive physiology, genetics, live animal and carcass evaluation). Faculty incorporate the results of their research into their coursework. In this way students are exposed to the most recent information in a specific subject.

The best thing the College of Agriculture has going for it is undoubtedly its professors. While I was in school I found them willing to answer questions and spend time with me outside of the classroom. Now that I’ve graduated I look to them as both friends and resources. 
—Joanna Wood Coles, County Extension Agent for Agriculture

Animal Sciences fully prepared me for my internship experience, and my internship led to a full-time job! The many resources available to me—the faculty, the career specialist, the clubs and activities—all helped point me in the right direction.
Brandy Blaine, Animal Sciences graduate

Potential Career Pathways

  • Veterinarian*
    2016 Median Salary: $88,770 per year
    Job Outlook: 9% (faster than average growth)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

*Post-graduate work required

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

  • Block and Bridle
    whether new or experienced, learn about the livestock industry while showing university livestock  
  • Dairy Club
    experience the dairy industry alongside cows and professionals, network while travelling to national dairy events
  • Pre-Vet Club 
    utilized as a connection point for students to plan and prepare for Veterinary school as a collective group

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.