Aug 17, 2022
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 (71 credits)
Required Major Courses (30 credits)
Biosciences Concentration Requirements (41 credits)
Concentration Required Courses (31 credits)
Animal Science Restricted Selectives (10 credits)
10 credits from a minimum of 3 of the following course groupings
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (36-37 credits)
Electives (12-13 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 12.00-13.00
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
Courses Not Applicable in Undergraduate Plans of Study - The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program: CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research. Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences elective.
Pass/Not-Pass Grading Policy -A student classified as a sophomore or higher who has a minimum 2.0 graduation index may elect the pass/not-pass grading option. A maximum of 21 credits of elective courses under the pass/not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation 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)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Fall 4th Year
- ANSC 48100 - Contemporary Issues in Animal Sciences (Capstone)
- Animal Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Animal Science Restricted 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: 3.00
Spring 4th Year
- Animal Sciences Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science Selectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Electives - Credit Hours: 5.00-6.00
- 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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