Animal Sciences

B.S. in Animal Sciences

Advancing animal management and care

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Optimize productive, research-based interactions between animals and humans.

The B.S. in Animal Sciences prepares you for careers relating to animal management, companionship and care. From business to science to entertainment, humanity's productive engagement with animals needs trained leaders like you. With four possible degree emphases, you can customize your courses and experience to fit your passion and plan.

Students in the animal sciences major can choose one of four emphases:

Animal Industry: Develop the diverse skill set needed for a range of animal industry roles.

Equine: Turn your love of horses into a meaningful career in equine management.

Race Track Industry: Specialize in the business applications of the race track industry.

Science and Pre-Professional: Prepare for a career in animal-focused research and science.

The College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences offers $1 million in scholarships to our students! Combine these options with university scholarships and support from privately funded scholarships and you're well on your way to achieving your educational goals at a price you can afford.

Students in the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences have exclusive access to nearly $473,000 program-specific scholarships, awarded from 39 different scholarships -- in addition to $230,000 in scholarships that are available to all or most CALES students.

A degree in animal sciences prepares you for careers in various animal industries and husbandry roles, regulation/inspection, and professional racing animal industries. It can serve as a springboard for graduate school. Although your career possibilities are limitless, here are some example career paths our students follow:

Although your career possibilities are limitless, here are some example career paths our students follow:

  • Research technician: Support advancements in genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development on behalf of food production industries; or conduct research into emerging diseases, environmental health, food safety, population health and bioterrorism.
  • State or Federal Inspector: Ensure compliance with animal health and safety regulations by inspecting agricultural facilities, livestock operations, and food processing plants.
  • Animal Caretaker: Provide daily care and management for animals in settings such as farms, research facilities, and veterinary clinics, ensuring their health and well-being.
  • Feedlot Manager: Oversee herd management, animal care and feedlot operations.
  • Race horse breeder: Utilize genetics and conformation to select breeding stock that will product superior offspring, assisting with care, training and promotion.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2023), the median annual pay for agricultural and food science careers was $76,400 with faster-than-average job growth overall, though entry-level positions may have a lower starting salary.

Animal Industry Emphasis:
Financial & Economic Strategies
Physiology of Reproduction
Principles of Livestock Health Management
Equine Industry Emphasis:
Equine Nutrition & Management
Equine Reproduction
Introduction to Horsemanship
Race Track Industry Emphasis: 
Introduction to Animal Racing Industry
Introduction to Animal Racing Laws & Enforcement
Management of the Racing Animal
Science Pre-Professional Emphasis: 
Animal Anatomy &Physiology
Organic Chemistry & Lab
Nutritional Physiology & Biochemistry