Welcome to the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. Housed within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, we provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities inside and outside the classroom to meet their personal goals. Undergraduate students can choose from a B.S. in Nutrition or Agriculture and 7 minors. The B.S. in Agriculture offers majors in Animal Sciences (with specializations in Animal Biosciences, Animal Industries, and Veterinary Technology) and Meat Sciences. Our graduate program offers PhD and MS degrees. Our students have continued their education in graduate, medical, and veterinary school and career opportunities for our graduates include: pharmaceutical sales, geneticist, animal trainer, laboratory animal manager, USDA meat inspector, product developer, biomedical researcher, and many more.

Research in the Department of Animal Sciences aims to increase the economic profitability of agricultural animals and quality of their products, improve animal welfare, and lessen the environmental impact of animal systems. Our faculty have diverse areas of research expertise including:

  • Growth, development, and meat science
  • Breeding, genetics, & reproduction
  • Mammary biology & milk quality
  • Animal welfare & behavior
  • Nutrition & microbiology
  • Waste management & biofuels
  • Human-Animal interactions

We invite you to explore the website or contact us for additional information!


  • Dr. John Foltz brings holiday cheer by rail to the Department of Animal Sciences every year with his trains that he sets up in the Animal Science, Plumb Hall, and Gerlaugh Hall main offices on the Columbus and Wooster campuses.

  • Every year, Buckeye Dairy Club hosts a heifer showmanship contest at OSU’s very own Waterman Dairy Facility!

  • The results are in! Today, the OSU College Dairy Judging Team finished in 5th place and 5th in reasons in the first ever Virtual Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest. They placed well and ended up 3rd in that category, and 3rd high team in Holsteins. Sara had a good day.


Undergraduate Research in Uganda - Taylor Klass
Undergraduate Research in Uganda - Taylor Klass
Buckeye Dairy Hype Video
Buckeye Dairy Hype Video