Undergraduate Academic Programs

Department of Animal Science
Undergraduate Programs

Animal Science is very diverse, with species including traditional livestock and various companion animals. Educational opportunities range from management of animals to basic science. Career opportunities include farms, agribusiness, extension, and research. In general, animal science is an application of basic science and welfare management to animals. The extent to which basic science is considered varies widely among people so that professional opportunities from animal science are very numerous. The key is that eventually you know your goal and together we work toward that end.

The undergraduate program in animal science, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities.  Scientific principles of biology and animal agriculture developed from various animal models are an important component of the animal sciences program.  Another important component is the application of animal management procedures in agricultural operations.

The animal science major provides students much flexibility in meeting their program requirements. Students can benefit most from this flexibility with careful guidance from their academic advisors and career mentors as they plan a program of study consistent with their interests and goals. To gain the most from advisors, we encourage each student to see their advisor or mentor once per semester to discuss course selection, career objectives, and any other concerns or items beneficial to the student.  

All students in animal science must complete required core courses involving the disciplines of breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, and management. These principles are taught utilizing swine, horses, poultry, sheep, beef and dairy cattle. Students must also complete one of four concentrations in animal science.

Baccalaureate Degree:

Students may select among four academic concentrations:

Several concentrations can be completed in less than 120 credits.  So, you must select additional elective course work to reach 120 total credits to graduate. If you are required to take MTH 1825 you will need to complete 123 credits for graduation.

Minors with Baccalaureate Degree:

While completing the requirement for a degree in Animal Science, students may use their elective credits to complete a minor. Students should consult with their Animal Science advisor as well as the advisor for the minor to coordinate schedules. For a complete list of minors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, please click on the following link: http://www.canr.msu.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate_minors

Certificate Programs:

In addition to baccalaureate programs, the Department of Animal Science, in coordination with the Institute of Agricultural Technology, offers programs that lead to a certificate. These programs are based in established knowledge but emphasize practical aspects to manage an enterprise and animals.

Certificate programs are available in:

  • Dairy Management
  • Horse Management
  • Livestock Industires

Agricultural Technology Certificate Programs

Baccalaureate programs:

From high school your goals may change. So, a selection of a concentration as a freshman may need to change. This is possible and occurs regularly in part because the core of our curriculum is very similar.

In addition to the four opportunities for bachelor degrees, students in animal science may pursue double majors, such as Crop and Soil Science or Business.