About the Program
The Department of Animal Sciences offers this specialization that is intended for students seeking careers in research or technical services related to animal nutrition, growth and development, animal genetics, reproduction, animal well-being, and management. Those in this specialization should have a strong interest in and curiosity in discovery and have enjoyed their high school biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. Students who aspire to careers in research and teaching in colleges and universities or in agribusinesses should enroll in this option. It can also be used as an excellent preparation for professional careers such as human medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists, and employment in the nutrition, genomics, and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates continuing for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in animal sciences qualify for numerous research, teaching, or extension positions in industry, government, universities, and colleges.
See ANSC Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information.
Animal Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)
Required Major Courses (12 credits)
ANSC Restricted Selectives (21 credits)
18 credits must be 30000+ level
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (78-79 credits)
Electives (8-9 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 8.00-9.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 3rd Year
- Animal Genetics Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
- Animal Nutrition Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
Fall 4th Year
- ANSC 48100 - Contemporary Issues in Animal Sciences (Capstone)
- Animal Production/Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Animal Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Written or Oral Communication Selective (20000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
Spring 4th Year
- Animal Products Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science Selectives - Credit Hours: 6.00
- Electives - Credit Hours: 4.00-5.00
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
- Minimum 2.0 GPA required in Animal Science courses
- Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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