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 Sciences 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 provides a solid science and husbandry foundation 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.

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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.

Foundational Courses
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
or F_W 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
BIOCHM 2110The Living World: Molecular Scale3
or BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society
or CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry I
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
or ABM 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 1200Public Speaking3
or AG_ED_LD 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Division Requirements
AN_SCI 1010Orientation to Animal Sciences1
AN_SCI 1001Topics in Animal Science (Bio of Anim Prod I w/lab)4
AN_SCI 1175Biology of Animal Production II4
AN_SCI 2010Careers in Animal Sciences1
AN_SCI 2214Animal Products and Biotechnology4
AN_SCI 2111WSophomore Seminar: Societal Issues Facing Animal Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
AN_SCI 3254Physiology of Domestic Animals5
AN_SCI 3242Principles and Applications of Animal Nutrition4
AN_SCI 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
AN_SCI 3264Physiology of Domestic Animals II3
AN_SCI 4314Physiology of Reproduction3
AN_SCI 4323Applied Livestock Genetics2
or AN_SCI 4324 Genomics of Plants and Animals
Animal Sciences Production Systems (Choose 2; 1 must be WI)6
AN_SCI 4975WBeef Production and Management - Writing Intensive3
or AN_SCI 4976 Dairy Production
or AN_SCI 4976W Dairy Production - Writing Intensive
or AN_SCI 4977 Horse Production
or AN_SCI 4978 Swine Production
or AN_SCI 4978W Swine Production - Writing Intensive
or AN_SCI 4979W Poultry Production Writing Intensive
Advanced Nutrition (select 1)
AN_SCI 4312Monogastric Nutrition3
or AN_SCI 4332 Ruminant Nutrition
Animal Science Senior Electives (Select 3)(7 hr. Min)
Problems in Animal Science (Swine Science On-Line (min. 2 modules; see advisor or AnSci Undergraduate Office for course list)
Principles of Meat Science
Principles of Dairy Foods Science
Meat Animal Evaluation
Monogastric Nutrition
Physiology of Reproduction
Applied Livestock Genetics
Genomics of Plants and Animals
Ruminant Nutrition
Processing Muscle Foods
Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food
Reproductive Management
Equine Reproduction
Equine Breeding Management
Stress Physiology
Internship in Animal Science & Technology
Undergraduate Research in Animal Science
Beef Production and Management
Dairy Production
Horse Production
Swine Production
Poultry Production
International Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
AN_SCI 10101AN_SCI 11754
AN_SCI 11654BIO_SC 1500 or F_W 11005
ABM 10413ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003Elective3
HIST 11003 
 14 15
Second Year
AN_SCI 20101AN_SCI 2111W3
AN_SCI 22144AN_SCI 32545
CHEM 13204AG_ED_LD 22203
Social Science3Elective2
 15 16
Third Year
AN_SCI 32424AN_SCI 32133
AN_SCI 32143AN_SCI 43143
AN_SCI 32643AN_SCI 4323 or 43242
CHEM 20303STAT 14003
 16 14
Fourth Year
AN_SCI 49783AN_SCI 4975W3
AN_SCI 49763AN_SCI 49773
AN_SCI 43843AN_SCI 49793
AN_SCI 43123Elective6
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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