Animal Science at MSU revolves around the animals themselves, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, and even a few others, as well as animal behavior and welfare.
The undergraduate programs in animal science, which lead to the Bachelor of Science degree, are designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities. Scientific principles of biology in animal agriculture are an important component of the animal sciences programs at Michigan State University. Another important component is the application of animal management procedures in agricultural operations. The graduate program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in a variety of disciplines related to animal science.
The animal science major provides students flexibility toward meeting their program requirements and career goals. Students can benefit from guidance by their academic advisors and career mentors as they plan programs of study consistent with their interests and goals. We encourage each student to meet with their advisor or mentor at least once per semester to discuss course selection, career objectives, and any concerns relevant to the student.
All students in animal science must complete required core courses involving the disciplines of breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, and management. These principles are taught utilizing beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, and swine. Students must also complete one of the four concentrations in Animal Science:
- Animal Industries
- Animal Biology or Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Companion and Exotic Animal Biology
- Production Animal Scholars
Visit our Department Overview section of this site for summaries about different species and areas studied, taught, and shared through the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.
Students considering applying to MSU must plan ahead. Know the important dates and deadlines for freshman applicants.
Admission to Michigan State University is competitive, but there are no minimum requirements. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school and to apply early within your senior year. Factors that will affect your application and admission are:
- your academic performance in high school
- the strength and quality of your curriculum
- recent trends in your academic performance
- your class rank
- your ACT or SAT results
- your leadership, talents, conduct, and diversity of experience
The most recent freshman profile allows you to compare your stats with the middle 50 percent of enrolled freshman.