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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Food and Agriculture offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The animal sciences curriculum is designed to provide a solid understanding of biological sciences along with specific expertise in the diseases, genetics, breeding, nutrition, and physiology of domestic and laboratory animals. Because a basic knowledge in animal sciences is fundamental to successful work in many job situations, the curriculum offers a wide choice of electives so students may adapt their course of study to meet special professional interests or needs. Through the proper use of options, students can prepare for admission to a college of veterinary medicine or graduate school, to teach science in secondary schools, to pursue technical sales and service work in agriculture, for careers in animal-related research, or to develop animal production enterprises such as dairy, livestock or equine farms.

Program Overview

This degree includes undergraduate concentrations in Pre-Veterinary Science and in Animal Science. The Pre-Veterinary concentration is recommended for superior students who seek admission to veterinary colleges. The suggested courses beyond the basic degree requirements in Animal and Veterinary Sciences are those that are required or recommended for admission to Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in North America. Incoming students with the necessary pre-requisites to enroll in CHY 121/123 will be permitted to declare the Pre-Veterinary concentration during their first year of study. Internal transfer students may enter the AVS major after completion of the entire freshman year curriculum with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Pre-Vet students will be evaluated annually at the end of the spring semester. Only students who maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 will be permitted to continue in the Pre-Veterinary concentration. The Animal Science concentration is recommended for students who wish to pursue careers in animal agriculture, including the dairy, livestock or equine industries. Animal science courses also serve as elective opportunities for students in other agricultural and life sciences, and minors are available in Animal and Veterinary Sciences or in Equine Studies.

Students may also consider continuing their studies at the graduate level after the completion of an undergraduate degree. The school offers the Master of Science degree in Animal Science for programs of study in animal nutrition, pathology, and reproductive physiology. The Doctor of Philosophy degree may be earned in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or through the individualized Ph.D. program.

Hands-on Experience

An important aspect of the degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences is the requirement for hands-on experience with economically important domestic species. At the University’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center, AVS majors are given numerous opportunities to increase their competency with, and eventually manage, dairy cattle,  and standardbred horses. We consider the experiential learning at the Witter Center to be a vital part of our students’ education because it allows them to use their knowledge to solve practical problems on a working farm.

BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences with Animal Science Concentration (120 credits)
Required Animal and Veterinary Science Courses (21 credits)
Student-selected AVS and Related Courses (21 credits)
Science and Mathematics Courses (29 credits)
Human Values and Social Context Courses (15 credits)
Ethics Requirement (0-3 credits)
Career Enhancement (18 credits)
Economic Course (3 credits)
English Courses (6 credits)
NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities (1 credit)
General Elective Courses (0-3 credits)

BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences with Pre-Veterinary concentration (123-126 credits)
Required Animal and Veterinary Science Courses (21credits)
Student-selected AVS and Related Courses (17 credits)
Science and Mathematics Courses, including Vet School requirements (60 credits)
Human Values and Social Context Courses (15 credits)
Ethics Requirement (0-3 credits)
Economic Course (3 credits)
English Courses (6 credits)
NFA 117 – Issues and Opportunities (1 credit)

Career Enhancement Courses
Students should select a minimum of 18 credits in an area of study to be chosen in consultation with their academic advisor. Possible areas of study include, but are not limited to, Pre-Veterinary Sciences, Education, Business, Journalism, Laboratory Sciences, and Production Agriculture.