Animal Sciences Advisors:
The Department of Animal Sciences offers 4 different degree options within the major, allowing students to specialize their degree to fit their individual interests and career goals.
Animal Science Degree Options:
The Industry Option is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in livestock production, agribusiness and management. The Industry curriculum combines the core animal science courses, such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, with a sampling of classes in agriculture economics, agriculture marketing, business management, communications, leadership, personal development.
The Industry Option also includes a minor, which allows students to choose 18 to 20 units of course work in any subject area they please to compliment their animal science major.
For students interested in food safety, the Food Safety option provides the science and industry curriculum needed for a wide array of positions in this field.
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The Equine Option prepares students to work in the management, production and business segments of the equine industry by offering students animal science classes focused specifically on horses, such as horsemanship, equine nutrition and equine reproduction. The Equine option also requires students to take agribusiness, marketing, management, communication and leadership courses to prepare them for a variety of careers.
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The Science & Pre-Professional option pairs the core animal science classes taught about all livestock with a group of science intensive courses, such as biochemistry, organic chemistry and physics. This option also requires additional math classes including statistics. The Science & Pre-Professional option is a great choice for students preparing for a Master's or ph.D, veterinary school, medical school, dental school or any other professional school.
Within the Science & Pre-Professional option there are two pathways offered, general and equine. The Equine pathway provides students with the same science intensive courses, such as biochemistry, organic chemistry and physics however it provides students an equine focus by offering students animal science classes focused specifically on horses, such as horsemanship, equine nutrition and equine reproduction.
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The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) is the first and only program of its kind in the country. RTIP is dedicated to preparing students for careers in the professional racing industry. Students take courses in animal management, animal training, racetrack management, finance, human resources, media, marketing, and much more. They also complete internships with some of the biggest and best racetracks in the country and around the world. RTIP is home to many first-time students as well as many working professionals who are returning for a degree in Race Track Industry.
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Declaring an Animal Sciences major:
If you are an incoming Freshman or Transfer student, you can simply mark Animal Sciences on your University entrance application and you will be put into our major automatically.
If you are currently a student who would like to change your major to Animal Sciences, you should contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Bill Schurg ( 621-3601 email@example.com ) in Shantz 221, who can give you the paperwork to change your major.
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