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 accounting, 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.

Dairy

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.

Equine

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.

Meat

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.

Sheep

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.

Swine

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ANSC 101 Introductory Seminar for Animal Science 1
ANSC 107
ANSC 108
General Animal Science
and General Animal Science Laboratory
4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ANSC 111 Animal Production Systems 3
ANSC 113 Farm Animal Biosystems 2
BIOL 107
Zoology
or Introductory Biology I
4
Communication 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ANSC 303/NFSC 303 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Agricultural Economics  
Principles of Economics  
Principles of Economics  
Select one of the following: 3
Applied Animal Record Keeping  
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
American history 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
ANSC 307/NFSC 307 Meats 3
ANSC 333 Reproduction in Farm Animals 3
GENE 301 Comprehensive Genetics 3
American history 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
ANSC 305 Animal Breeding 3
ANSC 318 Animal Feeds and Feeding 3
Creative arts 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ANSC 326/NFSC 326
Food Bacteriology
or Introductory Microbiology
3
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Farm and Ranch Management  
Agribusiness Management  
Survey of Management  
ANSC disciplinary focus 2 4
Government/Political science 1 3
Directed elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
ANSC 399 Animal Science Experience 4 0
 Semester Credit Hours0
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 330
Financial Management in Agriculture
or Survey of Finance Principles
3
ANSC disciplinary focus 2 4
Agriculture elective 5 3
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ANSC 498 Animal Science Capstone 4
Communication 1 3
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Students are required to make a C or better in each of their courses in their major (ANSC) coursework area.

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