BS in Animal Sciences
Degree Program Description
Humans have been improving the value of animals as companions, transportation, laborers and food since the first dogs, horses, donkeys and cattle were domesticated. Animal science provides an in-depth focus on whole-animal biology and contributes to advances in livestock production, animal health and human health through cutting-edge research and direct application of that new knowledge. Animal Scientists apply the latest in genetics, physiology and nutrition to any of these diverse fields. By employing a whole-animal approach to science, this degree prepares students for any number of careers, including Agribusiness, Livestock Production, Research, Veterinarians, Captive Wild Animal Management, Animal Products and Equine Industry. In Agribusiness, our graduates are in demand to fill sales and management positions with feed and pharmaceutical companies such as Land O’Lakes, MFA, Zoetis and Elanco. In Livestock Production, graduates who prefer to work directly with animals find rewarding positions as managers of various farm companies, such as Tyson Foods, Smithfield, Cargill and other private companies. In Research, graduates with a passion for research are needed as lead scientists and laboratory technicians in industry and academia. As a Veterinarian, an animal sciences degree is often the starting point for the study of veterinary medicine. Some vets specialize in care for companion animals, such as dogs and cats, while others focus on livestock, horses or wildlife. In Captive Wild Animal Management, zoological parks hire animal sciences graduates to manage the care and well-being of the park’s collection. In addition to animal care, zookeepers also can be involved with research and conservation efforts. In Animal Products, students with a specific interest in meat, dairy products and eggs are in high demand for positions with companies such as Farmland, Hormel, Hy-Vee and Sam’s Club. Opportunities abound in procurement, sales, quality assurance and food safety. In Equine Industry, the degree focuses on the science behind equine management and as such students are placed in positions at prominent equine breeding, sales or training facilities throughout the U.S. Students have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience by using horses in the MU Quarter Horse Program.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences are required to complete all University undergraduate general education requirements, and divisional major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|or F_W 1100||Introductory Zoology with Laboratory|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|BIOCHM 2110||The Living World: Molecular Scale||3|
|or BIOCHM 2112||Biotechnology in Society|
|or CHEM 2030||Survey of Organic Chemistry|
|or CHEM 2100||Organic Chemistry I|
|ACCTCY 2010||Introduction to Accounting||3|
|or AG_EC 1041||Applied Microeconomics|
|or AG_EC 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|or FINANC 1000||Principles of Finance|
|or FINANC 2000||Survey of Business Finance|
|or FINPLN 2183||Personal and Family Finance|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|or AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources|
|Statistics or higher mathematics course||3|
|Animal Sciences Orientation||1|
|Animal Science Introductory Courses/w Lab||8|
|Careers in Animal Sciences||1|
|Animal Products w/lab||4|
|Animal Nutrition w/lab||4|
|AN_SCI 2111||Sophomore Seminar: Societal Issues Facing Animal Agriculture||3|
|AN_SCI 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals||3|
|AN_SCI 4312||Monogastric Nutrition||3|
|or AN_SCI 4332||Ruminant Nutrition|
|AN_SCI 4314||Physiology of Reproduction||3|
|AN_SCI 4323||Applied Livestock Genetics||2|
|or AN_SCI 4324||Genomics of Plants and Animals|
|Animal Sciences Production Systems (Choose 2)||6|
|AN_SCI 4975||Beef Production and Management||3|
|or AN_SCI 4976||Dairy Production|
|or AN_SCI 4977||Horse Production|
|or AN_SCI 4978||Swine Production|
|or AN_SCI 4979||Poultry Production|
|Animal Science Senior Electives||(7 hr. Min)|
|Problems in Animal Science (Swine Science On-Line (min. 2 modules))|
or AN_SCI 3214
|Principles of Meat Science|
or AN_SCI 3231
|Principles of Dairy Foods Science|
or AN_SCI 3275
|Meat Animal Evaluation|
or AN_SCI 4312
or AN_SCI 4314
|Physiology of Reproduction|
or AN_SCI 4323
|Applied Livestock Genetics|
or AN_SCI 4324
|Genomics of Plants and Animals|
or AN_SCI 4332
or AN_SCI 4344
|Processing Muscle Foods|
or AN_SCI 4384
or AN_SCI 4387
|Equine Breeding Management|
or AN_SCI 4437
or AN_SCI 4940
|Internship in Animal Science & Technology|
or AN_SCI 4950
|Undergraduate Research in Animal Science|
or AN_SCI 4975
|Beef Production and Management|
or AN_SCI 4976
or AN_SCI 4977
or AN_SCI 4978
or AN_SCI 4979
or AFNR 2190
|International Agriculture and Natural Resources|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|Animal Sciences Orientation||1||Animal Science Intro. w/lab||4|
|Animal Science Intro. w/lab||4||BIO_SC 1500||5|
|AG_EC 1041||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|Careers in Animal Science||1||AN_SCI 2111||3|
|Animal Products w/lab||4||Physiology w/lab||5|
|CHEM 1320||4||AG_ED_LD 2220||3|
|Animal Nutrition w/lab||4||AN_SCI 3213||3|
|AN_SCI 3214||3||AN_SCI 4314||3|
|Advanced Physiology||3||AN_SCI 4323 or 4324||2|
|CHEM 2030||3||STAT 1400||3|
|AN_SCI 4978||3||AN_SCI 4975||3|
|AN_SCI 4976||3||AN_SCI 4977||3|
|AN_SCI 4384||3||AN_SCI 4979||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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