Animal Science, BS

Whether your goals lie in livestock production or veterinary school, we’ll help you get there. Explore a career in animal science as you work toward a degree that emphasizes science-based animal management and environmental systems along with current and emerging technologies and techniques. Follow your interests in livestock production and management or one of many other allied industries such as feed production, artificial insemination, and livestock or farm equipment support and sales. You can also work toward graduate or veterinary school.

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Key Features

  • Apply the theory and skills learned in the classroom as you gain experience by working in the on-campus barns during labs with University-owned herds of beef cattle, swine, and sheep.
  • Class field trips include visits to approximately 30 farms where tours and labs are conducted. These farms include large and small dairy farms, organic farms, robotic farms, various swine operations, and beef ranches and feedlots.
  • Students develop and conduct original research with animal science faculty including reproductive management of livestock species and cost effective/nutritious feed alternatives for cattle. 

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The flexibility of two emphasis areas - animal science or pre-veterinary medicine - enables you to gain an understanding of many areas related to equine science.

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  • Animal health sales/marketing, animal nutrition, artificial insemination, dairy/livestock farm or ranch ownership
  • Veterinary assistantship, research lab technician, zoos, and kennels
  • Feed production and feedlot environmental systems

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Related Majors and Minors

Interested in a double major or minor to complement your Animal Science degree? Check out these other majors at UMC.