Animal Science, BS Curriculum

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The B.S. in animal science leads to careers in livestock production and management or one of the many allied industries such as feed production, artificial insemination, and livestock or farm equipment support and sales. In addition, students can meet the requirements to attend graduate school or veterinary college.

Coursework includes computer and communications training, sales, and business management. Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees, but students have the option of taking courses specific to their interests. Options also exist for students who wish to pursue pre-veterinary studies.

Program outcomes: graduates will...


Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Animal Science Program Requirements
Required courses - 54 credits
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science (4.0 cr)
ANSC 1101 - Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3303 - Beef Production (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
ANSC 4204 - Animal Systems Management (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
or ANSC 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques (2.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx

 

 

Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Animal Science EmphasisAnimal Science

This emphasis leads graduates to careers within the livestock industry such as production and management, feed production, artificial insemination, livestock and farm equipment support/sales, pharmaceutical sales, and veterinary technician. Students are exposed to classroom instruction and hands-on experiential learning in the laboratory. Coursework includes computer and communications training, sales training, and business management. Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees and may include nutrition, breeding, reproduction, evaluation, feeds, production and management, and facilities. Students can take courses specific to their interest.

Animal Science Requirements
Required courses - 18 credits
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
ANSC 1201 - Advanced Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
GNAG 3203 - Ag Products and Processing (3.0 cr)
or GNAG 3204 - International Agricultural Production, Processing, and Marketing (3.0 cr)

 

Agriculture Electives
Students must complete enough credits of agriculture electives (selected in consultation with their adviser) to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. Number of credits needed will depend on LE course selections.

 

Pre-Veterinary Medicine EmphasisPre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary medicine emphasis meets the course entry requirements for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; however, similar entry requirements among colleges of veterinary medicine, coupled with sufficient flexibility within the curriculum, allow graduates to meet the admission requirements for many other institutions. Students who graduate are well prepared to pursue their career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Students are exposed to traditional classroom instruction as well as hands-on/experiential learning in the laboratory.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Requirements
Required courses - 28 credits
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)

 

Agriculture Electives
Students must complete enough agriculture electives credits to meet the 124 credit graduation requirement. Number of credits needed will depend on LE course selections. 

 

 

 


Animal Science Minor Curriculum

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The animal science minor allows students to attain valuable information with regard to the essentials of livestock (meat) and dairy production principles. Students earning this minor are trained for careers in areas such as ranching, herdsmen, dairymen, and other allied industry positions.


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Minor Requirements

Animal Science Minor Requirements
Required courses - 24 to 26 credits
ANSC 1101 - Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
or ANSC 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
or ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
or ANSC 3303 - Beef Production (3.0 cr)