Animal Science is an applied science that prepares students for all aspects of farm animal production including feeding, breeding, health, and management. Our equine program offers three options, which guide students in choosing appropriate course work for their career path:
- Science Option: For those interested in graduate work or veterinary medicine the science option includes the necessary hours of chemistry, mathematics, physical and biological sciences.
- Management Option: The management option emphasizes business and agricultural economics courses.
- Minor Option: As an alternative to the Management or Science option, students can pair the Animal Science major with an academic minor (i.e. minor in Ag Business or Modern Languages) to develop a more in-depth understanding of a second area of interest.
We have faculty who focus on teaching, with specializations in physiology, nutrition, genetics, reproductive management, animal welfare, animal health, behavior and training. You will get hands-on experience on our campus teaching laboratory farm, which features pasture land, a heated indoor riding arena, horse and colt barns, breeding facilities and an outdoor rodeo arena. We have long-standing ties with the national and international horse industry, offering our students broad as well as direct industry exposure.