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Animal Science

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal and Food Sciences

 

Contribute to the world’s complex relationship between animals, humans and the environment

 

Be part of solving one of humanity’s most critical grand challenges — the global demand for food and fiber.  With the population expected to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050, feeding the world will require raising overall food production by 70 percent.  You will become knowledgeable in animal nutrition, health, behavior, reproduction, physiology, genetics and animal management. You will play an important role in education and the conservation of non-domesticated animals housed in zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries. You will also contribute to a greater understanding of the complex relationships between domestic animals (livestock and pets), wild animals, humans and our shared environment. 

Areas of study

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Animal Behavior

 

Career options

  • Manager of Animal Sanctuary or Shelter
  • Animal Care Educator
  • Laboratory Animal Care Technician
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Feeds Technical Support
  • Equine Manager
  • Animal Health Products Technical Support

 

Graduate PROGRAMS

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding
  • Avian Health
  • Animal Microbiology
  • Animal Virology
  • Food Safety
  • Veterinarian

What’s special about this program?

 

In your first semester, you will work with horses, cows, sheep and yes, blue hens, on our 350-acre farm.  Step out of our back door into the horse barn where you will learn to assess equine gaits. In the classroom, study lactational physiology and milk the cows in the dairy cattle milking parlor.  From the farm, our milk is processed and returned to our own UDairy Creamery, where you will experience both the science and business of making ice cream. You can even raise and train a service dog in your residence hall! Through our study abroad program in New Zealand, gain a truly global perspective of the world food import and export economy. Develop a greater understanding of the importance of sustainable animal production.  Our combination of courses in the basic sciences and hands-on experience with animals makes our program truly distinctive.

Get involved

 

Ag Ambassadors
Agricultural College Council (AgCC)
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)
Alpha Zeta (AZ)
Animal Science Club
Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate FFA
Design Articulture (DART)
Ducks Unlimited
The Entomology Club
Equestrian Team

Food Science Club
Horticulture Club
National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA)
Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)
Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)
The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

FRESHMAN

ANFS100

 

Animals and Human Culture

ANFS101 

 

Animals, Science and Society

ANFS112

 

Animal Handling Lab

ANFS240

 

Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

ENGL110

 

Seminar in Composition

MATH221

 

Calculus

BISC205 or 207

 

Biology for Health Sciences/Introductory Biology

STAT200

 

Basic Statistical Practice
  University Breadth Course

SOPHOMORE

AGRI224

 

One Health

ANFS245

 

Introduction to Animal Physiology

ANFS251

 

Animal Nutrition

ANFS265

 

Career Development

CHEM101/102

 

General Chemistry
 

Electives (or minor course)

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

JUNIOR

ANFS332

Animal Diseases

 

ANFS340

Introduction to Animal Environment Manangement

 

ANFS350

Animal Behavior

 

PLSC300

Animal and Plant Genetics

 

CHEM213

Elementary Organic Chemsitry

 

CHEM214

Elementary Biochemistry

 

 

*Interest Area Course #1

 

 

*Interest Area Course #2

 

 

Electives (or minor course)

 

 

* Interest area topics include:

- Advanced Animal Health
- Advanced Animal Physiology and Nutrition
- Protecting the Food Supply

SENIOR

*Interest Area Course #3 and #4

 

**Capstone Course (1)

 

ANFS Elective

 

Second Writing Course

 

Electives (or minor course)

 

* Interest area topics include:

- Advanced Animal Health
- Advanced Animal Physiology and Nutrition
- Protecting the Food Supply

 

** Capstone Courses include:

- ANFS426 Equine Management
- ANFS418 Swine Production
- ANFS417 Beef Cattle and Sheep Production
- ANFS411 Food Science Capstone
- ANFS421/422 Poultry Production/Lab
- ANFS404 Dairy Production