Animal Sciences

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Animal Sciences

Start a Career Working with Animals

The Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences provides students the most current and up-to-date information on production methods involved in the care and management of companion animals, livestock, and poultry. Students are prepared to go on to advanced studies in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, pharmacy school, human medicine, nursing school, dental school, and education.

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College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,468 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  333 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $90M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Animal Sciences Degree Options

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal BioHealth/Pre-Professional
  • Animal Production
  • Equine
  • Rangeland Sciences
  • Animal Sciences

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Animal Sciences include:

  • Veterinarian
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Animal Breeder
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Nutrition
  • Rancher or Farm Manager
  • Inspector or Grader
  • Feed Mill Manger
  • Livestock Merchandising and Business
  • Local, State or Federal Government

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For Animal Sciences advising, contact Dodi Reesman

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B.S. in Animal Sciences | 2021-2022

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan.

First Year ANS 100 Animal & Rangeland Sci 1 CH 122 OR CH232 + 262 5 CH 123 OR CH 233 + 263 5
  ANS 121 Intro to Animal Sci 4 MTH 112 Elementary Functions (or COMM) or WR 121 Eng. Comp. 3-4 WR 121 Eng. Comp.(or COMM) 4
  CH 121 OR CH231 + 261 5 ANS Indust OPTION COURSE** 3 HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness 2
  MTH 111 Algebra (or COMM) or WR 121 Eng. Comp. 3-4 BACCORE* 3 BACCORE* 3
          OPTION COURSE** 3
  Total Credits 13-14 Total Credits 14-15 Total Credits 17
Second Year BI 221 Prins of Bio 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio 4 ANS 207 Soph Seminar 2
  WR II 3 ANS 251 Prins of Animal Foods Tech 3 BI 223 Prins of Bio 4
  ANS Indust OPTION COURSE** 3 ANS Indust OPTION COURSE** 3 HHS 241 Lifetime Fitness 1
          OPTION COURSE** 3
  Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16
Third Year ST 201 Prins of Stats or ST 351 Intro to Stats. Meths 4 ANS 313 Applied Animal Nutrition 4 UD ANS OPTION COURSE** 3-4
  ANS 311 Prins of Animal Nutrition 3 ANS 314 Animal Physiology 4 Ag OPTION COURSE** 3-6
  ANS 378 Animal Genetics 4 ANS Production 3-4 OPTION COURSE** 4
  CH 331 Organic Chem 4 BACCORE* 3 BACCORE* 3
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14-15 Total Credits 13-17
Fourth Year ANS 420 Ethical Issues in Animal Ag OPTION COURSE** 3 BACCORE* 3 ANS 316 Repro in Domestic Animals 4
  UD ANS OPTION COURSE** 3-4 Ag OPTION COURSE** 3 ANS 317 lab for 316 1
  ANS Prod OPTION COURSE** 3-4 MB 230 Intro Microbio 4 Ag OPTION COURSE** 6
  Total Credits 12-15 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 17

*BACCORE = HHS 231 + Physical Activity Course, Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural Diversity, Literature & Arts, Social Processes, Difference, Power, & Discrimination (met with FW Human Dimension Course). Synthesis Courses –
Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society & Contemporary Global Issues.

**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at