Animal Science (B.S.)

The animal science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities through education on scientific principles of biology and animal agriculture developed from various animal models. The program also provides information on the application of animal management procedures in agricultural operations.

Animal science at MSU revolves around the animals themselves, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry and companion animals.

The animal science major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides flexibility for students through careful guidance from academic advisors and career mentors. Animal science is a common degree path for pre-veterinary students.


Core areas of study include:

  • Breeding and genetics.
  • Nutrition.
  • Physiology.
  • Management.
  • Animal behavior welfare.

In addition to the core areas, students select at least one concentration area.

Concentrations include:

Learn more about requirements and courses in Animal Science.

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Animal Science Graduates


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Data from the 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

The livestock industry, animal agriculture and related fields are a major component of the U.S. economy and career opportunities are excellent for graduates trained in animal science.

Animal science not only involves livestock production, but also marketing, public affairs, transportation, processing, research, companion animal management and other allied specialties.

Animal Science prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Animal production and management.
  • Food processing.
  • Animal feed, environmental and health industries.
  • Communication and service organizations.
  • Research.
  • Education and public service.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with partners in animal science and veterinary industries, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in a variety of fields.

Video frame: Ariana Negreiro

Animal science student spotlighted by MSU Undergraduate Research

May 23, 2019

Scientific research is a growing opportunity for undergraduate students, and many animal science students are on board--just ask Ariana Negreiro, who is in the spotlight on a recent MSU Undergraduate Research video.

MSU Dairy Challenge Team

MSU North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge team wins second consecutive national title

June 3, 2019

Twelve MSU students participated on the national team, in the academy, or a regional event to refine analytical, communication, and dairy science skills.

Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online or stop by the undergraduate advising office in room 1250 of Anthony Hall.

Find out more about Advising & Registration in the Department of Animal Science.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Animal Science.

In addition, there are a variety of student clubs and organizations available:

  • Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association (ASURSA).
  • Animal Welfare Club.
  • Avian Science Club.
  • Block and Bridle.
  • Dairy Club.
  • Driving Club.
  • Horseman’s Association (Equestrian Teams, Dressage, Polo).
  • Leader Dog Club.
  • Rodeo Club.
  • Intercollegiate Judging Teams.

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