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Department of Animal Sciences


Areas of Interest

Undergraduate students in the department will have the opportunity to learn about physiology, nutrition, genetics, animal health, behavior, management, and well-being of animals through our courses. The department  serves one of the largest undergraduate student populations in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which is one of the smallest colleges on our campus. This is a great benefit for our students as it enables them to get to know not only their peers but also their professors. The department is committed to providing undergraduate students a top-notch, thorough, and functional animal science education. We target not only students but stakeholders and agri-industry needs as well to ensure student post-graduation success.

A unique opportunity for students in the department is with topics associated with human-animal interaction, a subject that is growing in popularity across the nation. Realizing the importance of all types of animals in people’s lives and livelihoods, the department offers classes and study abroad opportunities to learn more about and to appreciate how and why animals and human interact.

Peruse the areas of interest to see where you might fit and how you want to design your major and minor programs.














Some comments from current and past students:

"My Animal Sciences classes have made me much more knowledgeable about how animal products are made. Therefore, I can now make more informed decisions when purchasing food at the grocery store. Also, coming from a very urban area, I can often impress my family and friends with facts relating to farm animals." Drew Enigk, Major: Animal Sciences, Minor: Neoroscience, Physical Anthropology, & Life Sciences, Class of 2012.

"It [Department of Animal Sciences] has shaped where I am going to go with my career and who I am going to be. Not growing up on a traditional farm and only with a few steers, my knowledge about the agricultural industries was limited. Not only did I gain knowledge and contacts within these industries but I was able to learn about the science behind it through my animal sciences classes." Stephanie Neal, Major: Animal Sciences, Minor: Life Sciences, Class of 2012.

"The hands on approach has helped me bring knowledge home and make better educated choices when it comes to choosing horse feed and helping others manage their horses’ health." Liz Searles, Major: Animal Sciences

"When I was little, I always wanted to be a vet.  I grew up showing livestock at the county fair and thought being a vet would be the best way to stay connected to agriculture.  I have changed my mind and perspective about vet school and now would like to go to graduate school.  As a freshmen, I thought vet school was the only way to stay involved in agriculture but quickly learned that there are many others ways to be a part of the agricultural industry." Katy Shircliff, Major: Animal Sciences, Minor: Life Sciences, Class of 2012

"The extent of my experience with animals before starting university was limited to my dogs and cats and the occasional shadowing at the vet clinic. The great thing about the Animal Sciences program is that it allows you to participate in labs and have experience with all different kinds of animals. My dad still tells people about the Animal Sciences 200 lab where we learned about ruminant digestion through the use of a live cow!" Alicia Baker, Major: Animal Sciences and French; Minor: Veterinary Technology and Life Sciences