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Animal Science

Animal Science degree information

What is Animal Science?

Animal science is the study of domestic animals including livestock species (beef, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine) and companion animals. Students study concepts from production through processing and learn about the value associated with livestock, as well as meat and milk produced from those animals.

Animal scientists apply the principles of biological and social sciences to animal nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health. Livestock production systems, animal management and husbandry, animal products, and much more are part of the study of animal science.

Why Study Animal Science?

If you have a passion for animals in any realm, you may consider studying animal science. Whether your interest is going to veterinary school to maintain the health of animals, running a ranch, working for an animal health company, working in communications or anything in between, we offer an option that will fit your interests.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Animal Science?

  • Animal welfare specialist
  • Extension educator
  • Feed salesperson
  • Feedlot operator
  • Herd manager
  • Livestock producer
  • Marketing and sales consultant
  • Lobbyist
  • Medical doctor/physical therapist/dentist/etc.
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Research scientist equine, genetics, meats, nutrition or reproduction
  • Veterinarian

Degree Options

Within animal science, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.

  • Agricultural Communications Double Major (BSAG)
    Gain a basic understanding of animal science paired with exceptional communication skills.
  • Agricultural Education Double Major (BSAG)
    Combine a foundation in animal science with the know-how to teach others.
  • Animal Biotechnology option (BSAG)
    Acquire a strong science foundation and learn how innovative technologies are used in animal agriculture.
  • Business option (BSAG)
    Understand the financial concepts of animal agriculture and how to apply those concepts efficiently and effectively.
  • Livestock Merchandising option (BSAG)
    Acquire skills to promote and merchandise livestock.
  • Pre-Veterinary Animal Science option (BSAG)
    Complete pre-veterinary requirements and obtain a degree in animal science.
  • Production option (BSAG)
    Learn the science and production practices of beef, dairy, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine operations for a career in production agriculture.
  • Ranch Operations option (BSAG)
    Study ranching and beef cattle production, focusing on cow-calf and stocker management, and forage production including range management.


Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.

Fast Fact
The department sponsors five judging teams: dairy cattle, horse, livestock, meat and meat animal evaluation. The teams have a combined total of more than 40 national championships – more than any other university in the country.

Animal Science Highlight
Animal science students are able to receive valuable hands-on experience at the department’s 15 farms and research facilities encompassing 13,000 acres.


About the Department

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The department’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides students with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare students for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.

Scholarship Dollars
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students in the department this year.

Contact the Department

Department of Animal & Food Sciences
101 Animal Science
Oklahoma State University

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