Animal Science Emphases

Choose Your Emphasis

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

View Animal Science Major Requirements


Contact one of these academic advisors:
Megan Schmidt
130 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus 

Mai Lee 
130 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus  

Grant McCormack
130 Coffey 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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