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 skillset needed for a range of animal industry roles.

Equine Industry: 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 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 veterinary science, animal breeding and research, and the professional racing industry. It also can serve as a springboard for graduate school.

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.
  • Veterinary technologist or technician: Perform medical tests and diagnose and treat medical conditions in animals while under veterinarian supervision.
  • Dairy unit manager: Oversee herd management, animal care and milking operations. 
  • Race horse breeder: Utilize genetics and conformation to select breeding stock that will product superior offspring, assisting with care, training and promotion. 

The median annual pay for careers related to animal science was $60,000 to $79,999 with faster-than-average job growth overall in 2022.

Animal Industry Emphasis:
Financial and Economic Strategies
Physiology of Reproduction
Principles of Livestock Health Management
Equine Industry Emphasis:
Equine Nutrition and Management
Horse Marketing
Introduction to Horsemanship
Race Track Industry Emphasis: 
Equine Reproductive Physiology and Management
Form and Function of the Equine Athlete
Applied Animal Nutrition
Science Pre-Professional Emphasis: 
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Organic Chemistry & Lab
Introductory Physics & Lab