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 the four concentrations in animal science.

Baccalaureate Degree:

Students may select among four academic concentrations:

These concentrations are described in detail below.  Each concentration 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:

  • Biotechnology
  • Agribusiness Management

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

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.

As you progress through college, take various courses, encounter different people, accumulate new experiences and do not hesitate to adjust your original goal. We encourage you to work closely with your advisor. If you wish to change advisors, it is your program, make sure that you are comfortable with your advisor and change if needed or desired.

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. In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources there are two Specializations (minors) that can be pursued. These specializations are: Biotechnology and Agribusiness Management and are described below.

Undergraduate Coordinator for Department of Animal Science:
Dr. Richard Balander at 517-432-1395 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CORE COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS IN ANIMAL SCIENCE: 2015-2016 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Course Number

Course Title

Semester

Cr

WRA

Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture

F,S,SS

4

IAH*

Integrative Studies in Arts & Humanities (IAH 201 to 210)

F,S,SS

4

IAH*

Integrative Studies in Arts & Humanities (IAH 211 or above)

F,S,SS

4

ISS

Integrative Studies in Social, Behavior & Economic Sci. (ISS-200)

F,S,SS

4

ISS

Integrative Studies in Social, Behavior & Economic Sci. (ISS-300)

F,S.SS

4

*WRA is a prerequisite for IAH courses.

TOTAL CREDITS 20

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

EC 201 or 202

Economics

F,S,SS

3

MTH 116

College Algebra & Trigonometry

F,S,SS

5

      OR

MTH 103 and MTH 114, MTH 103 and STT 200 or  STT 201 or MTH 124 or MTH 132

 

 

   

TOTAL CREDITS 8

DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS (All the courses listed below)

ANS 101

Professional Development in Animal Science I

F,S

1

ANS 110

Introductory Animal Agriculture

F,S

4

ANS 301

Professional Development in Animal Science II

F,S

2

ANS 313

Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition

F

4

ANS 314

Genetic Improvement of Farm Animals

S

4

ANS 315

Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

S

4

ANS 401

Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture

S

1

CEM 141

General Chemistry

F,S,SS

4

CEM 143

Survey of Organic Chemistry

F,S,SS

4

OR

CEM 251 Organic Chemistry

F,S,SS

3

BS    161

Cells and Molecules

F,S, SS

3

BS    171

Cells and Molecular Biology Laboratory

F,S,SS

2

 

TOTAL CREDITS 32-33

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES

STT 200

Statistical Methods

F,S,SS

3

STT 201

Statistical Methods

F,S,SS

4

STT 421

Statistics I

F,S,SS

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS 3

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SPECIES MANAGEMENT COURSES

ANS 222

Introductory Beef Management

S

3

ANS 232

Introductory Dairy Management

F

3

ANS 242

Introductory Horse Management

F

3

ANS 252

Introductory to Management of Avian Species

F odd yr.

3

ANS 262

Introductory Sheep Management

S

3

ANS 272

Introductory Swine Management

F

3

ANS 282

Companion Animal Biology & Management

F,S

3

For Production Animal Scholars ANS 242 and 282 are excluded.

TOTAL CREDITS 3

 

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS:

Animal Industry

25-34

Animal Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine

39-54

Companion and Exotic Animal Biology

41-51

Production Animal Scholars

52-55

 

 

ELECTIVES

10-29

 

TOTAL CREDITS 120

Students must complete the above requirements along with one of the concentrations.

Concentrations

Specializations in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agricultural Technology Certificate Programs