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2020-2021 University Catalog 
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Animal Sciences: Production Concentration, BS

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About the Program

Opportunities associated with this Department of Animal Sciences option include the leadership and management of any enterprise that deals with the daily production and care of animals. This could include food animal species of beef or dairy cattle, chickens, ducks, fish, sheep, swine, or turkeys or many companion animal species including cats, dogs, horses, and many exotic or zoo animals. This option is the best balance of science, business, and the enterprise management subjects designed to prepare someone to manage live animals. Enterprises might be owned by the graduate’s family, the graduate, or any agribusiness company. Graduates of this option often serve as technical support staff for input companies, as field or services representatives in various commodity organizations, livestock sale companies, or procurement officers for meat processing companies. You may be well suited for an animal production management career if you enjoy working with and supervising people, have good oral communication and problem-solving skills as well as competencies working with animals directly. Experience with the raising and managing of animals is essential since you will be expected to interact and relate to managers, veterinarians, business representatives, and owners of animal enterprises.

Animal Sciences Website

See ANSC Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information.

Animal Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (74-75 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Animal Sciences Supplemental Information  

Electives (12-13 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 12.00-13.00

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)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Animal Genetics Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Animal Products Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Enterprise Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Production/Management Selective (Non-ANSC) - Credit Hours: 3.00

13 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • (Capstone) 
  • Animal Production/Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Enterprise Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Production/Management Selective (Non-ANSC) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 7.00-8.00

13-14 Credits


  • 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

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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