Animal Science - BS, Production/Industry Option

This curriculum prepares students for careers in animal-oriented agribusinesses. Other courses, in addition to animal science courses, include marketing, economics, genetics and management. A wide array of internships giving students invaluable experience in all phases of livestock production and related industries is available. Career opportunities include sales, management, public relations, marketing, quality control and education. Students may concentrate on an emphasis area within this option, including the following.

Beef Cattle

Students receive training that enables them to pursue careers in ranch management, feedlot management, pharmaceutical sales and other service-oriented livestock industries. Students are trained in all aspects of production, marketing and merchandising techniques for employment in the beef industry. The University Beef Cattle Center gives students hands-on experience.


The focus of this emphasis area is to develop a well-rounded, knowledgeable student. Students have the opportunity to apply scientific principles, problem-solving methods, state-of-the-art techniques and information transfer to complex dairy production systems.


Designed for students with professional or vocational interests in horses and the horse industry. Coursework emphasizes equine nutrition, breeding, reproduction, health, management, training and judging. Lectures are reinforced with laboratories in which students work with horses. Graduates are well prepared for careers with horse production farms, stallion stations, performance and race training stables, breed associations, performance horse organizations, feed and pharmaceutical companies, county extension positions, and other industries and agencies related to the horse industry.


Students prepare for a career in the meats industry by taking meat science and processing and evaluation courses. Students also can conduct research through special problems courses and can gain valuable work experience on campus in the Meat Science Section or the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center or off campus through internships or summer jobs. Job opportunities are available in packing, processing, retailing, purveying, food service, promotion, public relations and government regulatory agencies.


Designed to prepare students for careers in the sheep and goat industries and in the associated wool and mohair industries, this emphasis gives students first-hand experience in sheep production and management practices, as well as procedures for processing and evaluating fleeces. Job opportunities are diverse and include flock management, marketing of lamb and fiber products, feed and pharmaceutical sales and county extension agent positions.


This emphasis area is designated for students planning to pursue a career in swine production or closely allied industries. Students are taught the principles of breeding and genetics, nutrition and feeding, animal health, environmental control and waste management as they relate to profitable swine production systems. These principles are reinforced by hands-on experience with the department’s swine herd. Career paths include management of swine production units and technical service or sales for feed, pharmaceutical and breeding stock companies.

Animal Science Core Curriculum 1
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources1
ANSC 108General Animal Science1
ANSC 303/NUTR 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 305Animal Breeding3
ANSC 307/FSTC 307Meats3
ANSC 318Feeds and Feeding3
ANSC 433Reproduction in Farm Animals3
ANSC 481Seminar1
Animal science production requirement4
Select one of the following:
Beef Cattle Production and Management
Swine Production and Management
Sheep and Goat Production and Management
Equine Production and Management
Advanced Meat Science and Technology
Feeding and Management of Dairy Cattle
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
STAT 301Introduction to Biometry3
Production/Industry Option Curriculum
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles3
ANSC 437Marketing and Grading of Livestock and Meats3
CHEM 222Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry3
ENTO 201General Entomology3
or ENTO 208
ENTO 209
   or Veterinary Entomology and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory 
AGEC 330Financial Management in Agriculture3
or FINC 409   or Survey of Finance Principles 
Management elective3
Select one of the following:
Principles of Farm and Ranch Management
Agribusiness Management
Survey of Management
BIOL 206Introductory Microbiology3-4
or DASC 326/FSTC 326   or Food Bacteriology 
Physiology elective3
Select one of the following:
Growth and Development of Livestock
Equine Disease and Epidemiology
Physiology of Domestic Animals
Production elective3
Select one of the following:
Equine Behavior and Training
Meat Merchandising
Management of Stocker and Feedlot Cattle
Equine Nutrition and Health
Animal Reproduction Management
Feedlot Risk Management
Directed electives11
General electives9
University Core Curriculum
ANSC 107General Animal Science3
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
or BIOL 107   or Zoology 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
Government/Political science 26
American National Government
State and Local Government
Social and behaviorial sciences 33
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Agricultural Economics
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
American history 36
Language, philosophy and culture 33
Creative arts 33
Foreign language requirement (see Foreign Language table)
International and cultural diversity 3
Writing-intensive 4
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Students are required to make a C or better for each of their courses in the major coursework area.


Credit by examination may be substituted for POLS 206 or POLS 207.


The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. See academic advisor.


All undergraduate students must take at least (2) specific courses in their major designated as writing intensive (W). To be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.

Foreign Language

Option 1
Completed two years high school foreign language
Option 2
Select one of the following:
CLAS 101
CLAS 102
Beginning Classical Greek I
and Beginning Classical Greek II
CLAS 121
CLAS 122
Beginning Latin I
and Beginning Latin II
FREN 101
FREN 102
Beginning French I
and Beginning French II
GERM 101
GERM 102
Beginning German I
and Beginning German II
ITAL 101
ITAL 102
Beginning Italian I
and Beginning Italian II
JAPN 101
JAPN 102
Beginning Japanese I
and Beginning Japanese II
RUSS 101
RUSS 102
Beginning Russian I
and Beginning Russian II
SPAN 101
SPAN 102
Beginning Spanish I
and Beginning Spanish II