OVERVIEW OF THE MAJOR
The Animal Science major offers a variety of opportunities to students who enjoy animals and wish to study their biology and care. A practical, as well as scientific understanding of domestic animals is obtained by completing a specialization in animal behavior, biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, physiology, aquatic animals, avian sciences, companion & captive animals, laboratory animals, equine science, livestock & dairy, or poultry.
The Bachelor of Science program in Animal Science attracts students with a broad array of interests in animals including nutritional needs, physiological functions, genetic control of function, molecular biology and biotechnology. Knowledge is gained both in lecture classes and hands-on laboratories. The courses expose students to an integrated study of animal behavior, reproductions, growth, lactation, molecular biology, animal breeding, livestock judging, and many other aspects of animal biology. A wide array of formal and informal internship opportunities are available at the department's extensive animal facilities.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Our aim is to establish a set of goals for graduates in the Animal Science major, a set of goals we hope all students can meet with proficiency and in a timely manner. The outcome goals for Animal Science graduates are:
- Understanding of the scientific principles and physiological mechanisms associated with the disciplines in Animal Science
- Ability to describe the application of these principles to the care and sustainable management of domestic and captive animals
- Demonstrate the basic skills necessary to perform practical tasks associated with animal care
- Illustrate the basic skills necessary to interpret information gathered in a research setting
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate through writing, speech and graphical displays