Department of Animal Science

Undergraduate and graduate education. Research. Outreach

The Department of Animal Science is a unit within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs strive to graduate students with an excellent underpinning of scientific training and knowledge and to develop their communication and problem-solving skills to adapt to an ever-changing society and global environment. The work conducted in Animal Science is important, as our research, teaching and Extension/outreach programs address important and highly relevant topics including air, soil and water quality and management; food quality and safety; animal well-being; and animal and human biology and health.

We attributes our success to three primary factors: our on-campus laboratories and the South Campus Teaching and Research Centers, a high-caliber faculty and staff, and an outstanding experiential learning environment for our students.

Engagement opportunities are important components of the MSU Animal Science experience for students to meet and work with animal science peers and professionals. These include professional internships, judging and evaluation teams, undergraduate research, and study abroad, as well as numerous clubs and associations.

Our students may go on to industry or graduate school and conduct post-doctoral training in medical schools, departments of human nutrition, food science or veterinary medicine. Our department is dedicated to elucidating the biology of domestic animals and translating this information into species appropriate management, production and care. We often serve as a major career gateway for students interested in the biosciences and veterinary medical sciences.