About this Major

Animal Science B.S.

Animal science is a scientific study of animals and animal products. The department curriculum emphasizes management practices involved with the selection, feeding, breeding, production, marketing and utilization of domestic animals. The courses offered by the department are designed to qualify urban students for employment in the science and business phases of the animal industry. Practical laboratory experience reinforces classroom instruction in the various production courses which, coupled with a broad science background, prepares students for employment in a wide variety of animal-related occupations.


The Pre-Veterinary Science/Graduate School Option satisfies requirements for admission to veterinary or graduate school, for related medical technical fields and for graduate study in animal nutrition, meat science, animal breeding, and animal physiology.

Additional Information for Students in Both Options


Non-majors may elect to obtain an animal science minor by completing a minimum of 31 units of required courses.

The physiology minor is an interdisciplinary program which can be elected by students majoring in any field. It is particularly appropriate for students majoring in animal science. Its purpose is to assist students interested in physiology to discover and prepare for careers in biomedical fields utilizing a knowledge of physiology. Students gain a broad basic background, then tailor a program of advanced courses to suit their goals.

The quantitative research minor is another interdisciplinary program appropriate for animal science majors. Its purpose is to prepare students to conduct quantitative analyses in their field. Students acquire practical experience using statistics, principles of experimental design, survey and data analysis techniques.