Animal Science Emphases

Choose Your Emphasis


Students who began Fall 2013 or later must choose one of the following:
 

  1. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine / Science emphasis provides a thorough knowledge base of the physical and biological sciences including physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and applied biotechnology. This option can help you prepare for veterinary school, graduate study, or a career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, or animal science industries.
    Pre-Vet/Science Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  2. The Industry and Business emphasis combines courses in business, communication, and technical animal science to prepare you for a career in agribusiness, sales and marketing, or commodity promotion.
    Industry & Business Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  3. The Production emphasis provides you with a solid overview of animal nutrition, genetics, health, and management for all species, but primarily within the food animal fields and exotic/zoo area. You customize your program with more in-depth courses that focus on a particular area—beef, dairy, poultry, sheep, swine or exotics/zoo animals. Students in this emphasis may obtain careers in a wide variety of areas including livestock management enterprises, as animal nutrition consultants, in reproduction fields, as production facility managers, or animal product inspectors. Students who focus on the exotic animal fields can obtain careers such as zoo keeping or wild animal rehabilitation centers.
    Production Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  4. The Companion Animal emphasis is designed for students interested in learning more about the significant impact these animals play in the lives of humans. Our students are able to become involved in courses that discuss issues surrounding welfare and hot topics. However, because the creative side is only part of the industry, our students will also understand biology, physiology, nutrition, health, and management that will open up many potential career opportunities such as working in shelters, pet store management, service animal management and companion animal behavior.
    Companion Animal Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  5. The Equine emphasis offers undergraduate students the opportunity to take specialized courses focusing on horses while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Our students can gain hands-on experience with horses through courses, internships, research and part-time student employment. These experiences enhance our strong, science-based curriculum and prepare students to be future leaders in the horse industry as well as other industries.
    Equine Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)

Students who began prior to Fall of 2013 may select one of the areas above or remain in their previously selected emphasis.
  

  1. The Science/Biotechnology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine emphasis provides a thorough knowledge base of the physical and biological sciences including physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and applied biotechnology. This option can help you prepare for veterinary school, graduate study, or a career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, or animal science industries.
    Pre-Vet Biotechnology Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
    Pre-Vet Basic Science Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  2. The Industry emphasis combines courses in business, communication, and technical animal science to prepare you for a career in agribusiness, sales and marketing, or commodity promotion.
    Industry Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)
     
  3. The Production emphasis provides you with a solid overview of animal nutrition, genetics health, and management. Then you customize your program with more in-depth courses that focus on a particular area—beef, companion animal, dairy, equine, poultry, sheep, or swine. Students in this emphasis may obtain careers as livestock or companion animal nutrition consultants, production facility managers, or animal product inspectors.
    Production Emphasis Curriculum Guide (.pdf)

Questions?

Contact Academic Advisor Megan Schmidt at schm2221@umn.edu or 612-624-2289. Office location: 225A Haecker Hall, St. Paul Campus.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Because learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom, our program incorporates a variety of hands-on learning experiences. From the small or large animal veterinary hospitals to the livestock barns and research labs, you will have numerous opportunities to work with animals. If you're interested in animal science research, you can earn a grant through the University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which fosters student-faculty research partnerships. In addition, award-winning faculty members teach your animal science courses and serve as your advisor. Your faculty advisor will also help you select an internship or thesis project that fits your interests and career goals.

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