Animal Science - BS, Science Option

This curriculum is designed to provide scientific expertise in chemistry, biological and physical sciences and mathematics and is recommended for students considering entry into the veterinary, medical or allied health field, or the graduate program of their choice. This option provides a strong background for graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines. Animal scientists graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in this option who do not enter graduate or professional school find employment in rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical, clinical and food-related industries. Students may concentrate on an emphasis area within this option, including the following.

Pre-Professional

Students planning to pursue a career in veterinary medicine can complete course requirements for admission to the professional curriculum in this emphasis. Students gain experience working with animals through direct contact in laboratory courses and directed field study. Students acquire knowledge of animal systems and animal behavior principles through coursework and interaction with livestock industry leaders. Students are also prepared to seek admission to the professional curricula in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry and physical therapy.

Pre-graduate Studies

This emphasis prepares students to pursue a Master of Science, Master of Agriculture or Doctor of Philosophy degree. Possible graduate programs include animal behavior, animal breeding, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, meats, dairy science, food science and technology, genetics, growth biology, nutrition and reproductive physiology. Experience gained through honors courses, internships, special problems courses and research laboratories helps the student identify specific disciplines of interest for graduate study. Students with advanced degrees are employed as university professors, research scientists or technicians, extension livestock specialists and technical representatives for industry.

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
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ANSC 303/NFSC 303 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
American history 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ANSC 307/NFSC 307 Meats 3
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
American history 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
ANSC 318 Animal Feeds and Feeding 3
BICH 410
Comprehensive Biochemistry I
or Principles of Biochemistry
3
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ANSC 305 Animal Breeding 3
ANSC 333 Reproduction in Farm Animals 3
Select one of the following: 4
Food Bacteriology
and Food Bacteriology Lab
 
Introductory Microbiology  
Fundamentals of Microbiology  
Biomedical Microbiology  
General elective 2 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer
ANSC 399 Animal Science Experience 3 0
 Semester Credit Hours0
Fourth Year
Fall
ANSC disciplinary focus 4 4
ANSC disciplinary focus 4 4
Government/Political science 1 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ANSC 498 Animal Science Capstone 4
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Technical and Business Writing
3
Government/Political science 1 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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