Animal Science Emphasis

Animal science/science allows you to work with animals in a research and laboratory setting.  Students learn the science behind industry practice and work in careers relating to reseach and testing.​

Animal science/science may be the path for you if your interests are:​

  • Structured research
  • In-depth science based
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Conceptual vision

 
Students benefit from hands-on classes at the Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Building
 

Our AS course encompasses the field with courses such as:

​Genetics – A systems approach to selection and mating of livestock: gene frequency, heritability, relationship, inbreeding, linebreeding, heterosis, crossbreeding, direct and correlated response to selection, and the use of pedigree, family, progeny testing, and indices for selection.

Nutrition – Learn the nutrition and management of the various groups of companion animals that many producers and hobbyists are raising today. Topics include diet formulation, examining nutritional influences on animal performance and reproduction, evaluation of nutrition and management facilities, and adjusting rations to meet different animal marketing needs.

Reproduction – Compare mechanisms of all major aspects of male and female reproductive physiology of food animals. Emphasis will be given to species variation in regard to reproductive function and to a detailed examination of key reproductive events in both genders.

Food Safety – Attain additional knowledge and experiences in the basic principles and practices of food safety. Discussions, demonstrations, and activities that introduce students to biological and chemical hazards in food as a result of improper processing, packaging, handling and storage are covered.


Our AS curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate school or jobs in research, animal nutrition and government agencies such as:

  • Research laboratories
  • Food/meat processing companies
  • Federal and State government agencies
  • Private research firms
  • Feed companies