Animal Science

If you're interested in the science or business of animal management, our Animal Science major might be a good fit for you.

Students may define their program of study by choosing between two options, Business/Management or Science, depending on their interests and career goals.

The Business/Management option combines business and the production and management of animals and/or poultry. Students taking this option will be prepared for careers in agribusiness/farm management, technical sales and/or service, cooperative extension, or commodities promotion.

The Science option provides opportunity for more in-depth study of the basic sciences relevant to animal biology. Graduates in this option are well prepared to go on to veterinary school; graduate study in nutrition, physiology, reproduction, or genetics; or pursue careers in the pharmaceutical or research industries.

Why Major in Animal Science?

You may be interested in this major if you:

  • are preparing for graduate or veterinary school.
  • would like a career in research relating to and/or using animals.
  • would like to manage a farm or business related to animal agriculture.
  • like to work with people in addition to animals and may be interested in a career in technical sales or service, cooperative extension, or the promotions industry.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates.

A variety of career choices are available to you:

  • Ag finance
  • Animal management
  • Biotechnology research
  • Cooperative extension
  • Food safety
  • Genetics and nutrition
  • Government
  • Industry relations
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Quality assurance
  • Sales and service
  • Veterinary medicine

Learn More

Visit the Animal Science Major website for course requirements, opportunities, and more information.