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Animal Biosciences

Animal Biosciences:


Animal biosciences is a life science degree with the added benefits of extensive hands-on animal experience and the opportunity to do laboratory or farm-based research. Animal bioscientists answer questions related to how animals and animal systems function, solving problems related to producing healthy and productive livestock and companion animals. Students interested in the fundamental biology of any kind of animal will find this a focused, practical major with a variety of in-demand career options available after graduation. Graduates are prepared to pursue post-graduate, research-based degrees (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) in the animal biosciences. The curriculum includes an animal science core (anatomy, nutrition, physiology, health, disease, genetics and behavior) complemented by animal bioscience interest areas in animal nutrition, animal physiology and animal health.


  • Government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration or Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • Private animal nutrition or animal pharmaceutical company
  • University research and education


  • Animal science (animal nutrition, animal physiology or animal genetics)
  • Microbiology
  • Biology
  • Animal health (animal immunology or animal virology)

What’s special about this program?

Students will develop expertise in the interest area of their choice to enhance their application for graduate programs in that area. The curriculum also includes prerequisite courses suggested for admission to graduate programs in animal science and in biology (calculus, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology). Among our faculty, animal bioscientists are engaged in research and education in animal nutrition, animal diseases, animal immunology and animal genetics.

Get Involved

Animal Science Club

Ag Ambassadors

Agricultural College Council (AgCC)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)

Alpha Zeta (AZ)

Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate FFA

Ducks Unlimited

The Entomology Club

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

Food Marketing Club

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum

ANFS 101


Animals, Science and Society (3 cr.) 


ANFS 111


Animal and Food Science Laboratory (1 cr.) 


CHEM 103 or CHEM  107


General Chemistry or General Chemistry for Life Sciences I (4 cr.)


MATH 221


Calculus I (3 cr.) 


Breadth Requirement (1/3)



First Year Seminar




ANFS 240


Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals (4 cr.) 


BISC 207


Introductory Biology I (4 cr.)


ENGL 110


Seminar in Composition (3 cr.) 


CHEM 104 or CHEM 108


General Chemistry or General Chemistry for Life Sciences II (4 cr.)


STAT 200


Basic Statistical Practice (3 cr.) 


ANFS 345


Introduction to Animal Physiology (1 cr.) 


AGRI 224


One Health (3 cr.)


CHEM 321


Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.)


CHEM 325


Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 cr.)


Breadth Requirement (2/3)




ANFS 251


Animal Nutrition (4 cr.) 


ANFS 265


Perspectives in Career and Professional Development (1 cr.)


BISC 208


Introductory Biology II (4 cr.) 


CHEM 322


Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)


CHEM 326


Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 cr.)


Breadth Requirement (3/3)



ANFS 332


Introduction to Animal Diseases (3 cr.) 



ANFS 310


Animal and Plant Genetics Laboratory (1 cr.) 



ANFS 350


Animal Behavior (3 cr.)



BISC 300


Introduction to Microbiology (4 cr.) 



Free Elective (1/6)




Interest Area (1/3)




ANFS 310


Animal and Plant Genetics Laboratory (1 cr.) 



PLSC 300


Principles of Animal and Plant Genetics (3 cr.)



ANFS 475 or CHEM 527


Veterinary Biochemistry or Biochemistry (3 cr.)



ANFS 450


Applied Biomedical Communication (3 cr.)


Interest Area (2/3)    

Free Elective (2/6)


Interest Area (3/3)


Capstone/DLE Requirement


Multicultural Requirement


Free Elective (3/6)


Free Elective (4/6)


Free Elective (5/6)


Free Elective (6/6)


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