Bachelor of Science, Major in Animal Science, Minor in Conservation Biology

The BS, Major in Animal Science with Conservation Biology minor is an excellent choice for those students wanting to enter agricultural and wildlife or natural resource management careers or for those interested in graduate school in wildlife sciences. Students selecting this degree should indicate Animal Science as their major and WECO as their minor.

Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Minor in Conservation Biology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 34
Degree Specific Requirements
ACOM 3360Communication Skills for Agriculturists3
or ENGL 3330 Intro to Technical Writing
AGRI 1309Computers in Agriculture (or approved substitute)3
or CSTE 1330 Introduction to Computers
COMS 1361Public Speaking 33
or COMS 2382 Comm. for Bus. & Professions
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 13
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
Major: Foundation
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
4
ANSC 3363Anatomy & Physiology of the Domestic Animal3
ANSC 3373Animal Nutrition3
WMGT 2301Principles of Wildlife Mgmt3
WMGT 3381Game Animal Production3
ANSC 3376Meat Science3
ANSC 4389Animal Reproduction3
ANSC 4394Animal Feeds And Feeding3
ANSC 4395Animal Breeding & Genetics3
PLSC 4370Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt3
PLSC 4383Range Management3
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
Major: Prescribed Electives 4
Select 12 hours from: ANSC, EQSC or WMGT12
Minor: Required
Minor 5
BIOL 1406General Biology I4
BIOL 1407General Biology II4
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3461Wildlife Biology4
BIOL 3364Plant Taxonomy3
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
Select one from the following:3
Aquatic Biology
Vertebrate Natural History
Animal Behavior
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1314 satisfies the requirements for Component Area II (Mathematics) and the Degree Specific Requirement.

2

CHEM 1411, and CHEM 1412 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) and the minor requirement. 

3

COMS 1361 or COMS 2382 satisfies three hours of Component Area IX and degree specific area.

4

Students should use major elective hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement. 

5

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Early Childhood Education and Minor in Wildlife Ecology.

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area IX1Component Area IV3
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
4AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303
BIOL 14064CHEM 141124
MATH 131413MATH 13423
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
ANSC 33633Component Area VIII3
BIOL 14074ANSC 33733
CHEM 141224COMS 1361 or 238233
 17 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VII3ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303
ANSC 33763ANSC 43893
ANSC 43953PLSC 43833
WMGT 23013WMGT 33813
Major Prescribed Electives: ANSC, EQSC, WMGT43 
 15 12
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRI 41201BIOL 34614
ANSC 43943BIOL 33643
BIOL 34094BIOL 4330, 4430, or 44703
Major Prescribed Electives: ANSC, EQSC, WMGT46Major Prescribed Electives: ANSC, EQSC, WMGT43
PLSC 43703 
 17 13
Total Hours: 120
1

MATH 1314 satisfies the requirements for Component Area II (Mathematics).

2

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) and the minor requirement. 

3

COMS 1361 or COMS 2382 satisfies three hours of Component Area IX and degree specific area.

4

Students should use major electives to satisfy the 42 hour advanced credit requirement.

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Early Childhood Education and Minor in Wildlife Ecology.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Animal Science, Minor in Conservation Biology is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Ability to make livestock management decisions based on scientific, economic, and other applicable information.

  • Knowledgeable of each segment of the food animal and meat industry and make critical marketing decisions in each.

  • Understand nutrition as it applies to animal performance and be able to develop balanced rations to meet physiological and production needs.

  • Develop presentations and effectively communicate factual information, logically and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Understand anatomy, physiology, and functions of the major organs and systems of livestock.