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Animal Sciences: Animal Agribusiness Concentration, BS

About the Program

This Department of Animal Sciences option is best suited for those interested in business aspects of the animal industry and gaining knowledge in accounting, sales and marketing, and business management. Graduates are high in demand in sales and service areas of animal health products; feed, production, equipment firms; sales companies; and animal representatives for banks and lending organizations, insurance companies, marketing, advertising, and public relations agencies. You may be well suited for animal agribusiness if you enjoy meeting people, have a good oral communication skills as well as a proficiency in writing. Experience with raising and managing of animals is essential since you will be expected to interact and relate to managers, veterinarians, businessmen, and owners of animal enterprises. An interest in economics, marketing, and business management is important.

Animal Sciences

See ANSC Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information.

Animal Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (75 credits)

Animal Agribusiness Concentration Requirements (45 credits)

Concentration Required Courses (37 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (36-37 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, 11100; 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.

University 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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Suggested Plan of Study

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

18 Credits

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Agricultural Economics, Economics, or Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Sciences Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Animal Sciences Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Management Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

13 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Animal Sciences Restricted Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Agricultural Economics, Economics, or Management Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 0.00-1.00

10-11 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • ANSC courses must be at  2.0 or higher GPA to earn a BS in Animal Sciences
  • 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  





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