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Animal Science students holding chickens

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



  • 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

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Sample curriculum



Animals and Human Culture



Animals, Science and Society



Animal Handling Lab



Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals



First Year Experience



Seminar in Composition




BISC205 or 207


Biology for Health Sciences/Introductory Biology



Basic Statistical Practice
  University Breadth Course



One Health



Introduction to Animal Physiology



Animal Nutrition



Career Development



General Chemistry

Electives (or minor course)



University Breadth Courses



Animal Diseases



Introduction to Animal Environment Management



Animal Behavior



Animal and Plant Genetics



Elementary Organic Chemistry



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

*Interest Area Course #3 and #4


**Capstone Course (1)


ANFS Elective


***Second Writing Course

Students can take any course designated as a writing course in the course search website, or one of the courses
listed below:
ANFS449 – Food Biotechnology
ANFS450 – Applied Biomedical Communication
ANFS451 – Emergency Animal Management


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