The Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences promotes leadership and inspiration to educate students, enabling them to anticipate and effectively respond to challenges facing the global animal industries. The Animal Sciences faculty conducts relevant scientific research and facilitates technology transfer for efficient and sustainable production of high quality animal products, optimizing animal well-being, enhancing the human diet, and advancing sound environmental practices.
The vision of the Department of Animal Sciences is simple. We desire to be the “place to go” for the citizens of Indiana and beyond for knowledge in animal sciences. This includes students, commodity groups, industry partners, government agencies, consumers, and many others. Our shared goals are to: 1) provide students with a rigorous and relevant education, preparing them for a lifetime of learning; 2) achieve scientific preeminence in selected areas, and develop teams to identify and solve real world problems; and 3) the needs of our diverse clientele making the best use of emerging digital technologies. The Animal Sciences faculty has expertise in the disciplines of growth and development, nutrition, breeding and genetics, physiology, management, animal well-being and behavior. In addition, scientists in the USDA Livestock Behavior Unit associated with Purdue are adjunct faculty members.
- Students in the Animal Agribusiness concentration choose 22 credit hours of course work in economics and business management.
- Students in the Animal Production and Industry concentration choose 22 credits hours of work in animal products, financial management, production, biochemistry, and microbiology.
- Students in the Behavior/Well-being concentration choose 18 credit hours of course work in biochemistry, behavior, and well-being.
- Students in the Biosciences concentration choose 16 credit hours of course work in upper division biological science courses, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics.
- Students in the Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration choose 25 credit hours of work in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (71 credits)
Required Major Courses (30 credits)
Animal Production and Industry Concentration Requirements (41 credits)
Required Concentration Courses (31 credits)
Animal Sciences Restricted Selectives (10 credits)
10 credits from a minimum of 3 of the following course groupings
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (40-41 credits)
Electives (8-9 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 8.00-9:00
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.
Spring 3rd Year
- ANSC 31100 - Animal Breeding And Genetics
- ANSC Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
- ANSC Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Production Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
Spring 4th Year
- Animal Products Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Enterprise Management - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Electives - Credit Hours: 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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