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

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The animal science major with conservation biology option 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)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 18
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) 24
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 23
or COMS 2382 Comm. for Bus. & Professions
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
Major Core
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
ANSC 3363Anatomy & Physiology of the Domestic Animal3
ANSC 3373Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 3376Meat Science3
ANSC 4389Animal Reproduction3
ANSC 4394Animal Feeds And Feeding3
ANSC 4395Animal Breeding & Genetics3
PLSC 4370Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt3
PLSC 4383Range Management3
Select one from the following:3
Principles of Agri Economics
Agribusiness Financl Analysis
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
WMGT 3381Game Animal Production3
Animal Science Electives 3
Select 12 hours from: ANSC, EQSC or WMGT12
BIOL 1411General Botany 14
BIOL 1413General Zoology 14
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 14
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 3364Plant Taxonomy3
BIOL 3461Wildlife Biology4
Select one from the following:3
Aquatic Biology
Vertebrate Natural History
Animal Behavior
Total Hours120
First Year
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II3Component Area IV3
Component Area IX1AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
4CHEM 141114
BIOL 141114MATH 13423
 15 16
Second Year
Component Area V3Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
ANSC 33633Component Area VIII3
BIOL 14134ANSC 33733
CHEM 14124COMS 1361 or 238223
 17 15
Third Year
Component Area VII3ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303
ANSC 33763AGBU 2317 or 23893
ANSC 43953ANSC 43893
ANSC Elective (ANSC, EQSC, WMGT)33PLSC 43833
 WMGT 33813
 12 15
Fourth Year
AGRI 41201ANSC Elective (ANSC, EQSC, WMGT)33
ANSC 43943BIOL 34614
ANSC Elective (ANSC, EQSC, WMGT)36BIOL 33643
BIOL 34094BIOL 4330, 4430, or 44703
PLSC 43703 
 17 13
Total Hours: 120

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.