Animal Science is described as "studying the biology of animals that are under the control of mankind". Historically, the animals studied were geeses, including livestock and horses, but courses available now look at a far broader area to include companion animals, for example birds, hedgehogs and many exotic species. Degrees in Animal Science are offered at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell University, UC Davis, and the University of Minnesota. At UC Davis, the Animal Science curriculum not only provides a strong science background, but also hands-on experience working with animals. Professional education in animal science prepares students for career opportunities in areas such as breeding, production, nutrition, animal agribusiness, behavior and well being, and biotechnology. Courses in this program may include genetics, microbiology, animal behavior, nutrition, physiology, and reproduction. Courses in support areas, such as genetics, soils, agricultural economics and marketing, legal aspects and the environment also are offered. All of these courses are essential to entering an animal science profession.
At many Universities, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Animal Science includes a Pre-Veterinary Medicine emphasis option. At the University of Minnesota, the pre-veterinary emphasis provides an in-depth knowledge base of the biological and physical sciences including nutrition, reproduction, physiology, and genetics. This option prepares students for graduate studies in animal science, veterinary school, and pharmaceutical or animal science industries.
In a Master of Science degree option, students take required courses in areas that support their main interest. These courses are above courses normally required for a Bachelor of Science degree in the Animal Science major. For example, in a Ph.D. degree program students take courses related to their major that are more in depth than those for the Master of Science degree, with an emphasis on research.
Graduate studies in animal sciences are considered preparation for upper level positions in production, management, education, research, or agriservices. Professional study in veterinary medicine, law, and business administration are among the most commonly chosen programs by graduates. Other areas of study include growth biology, physiology, nutrition, and production systems.
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