Bachelor of Science, Major in Animal Science

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The major emphasis in Animal Science prepares students for careers in the livestock and equine production and support industries. Scientific principles, management, production technologies, and skills are covered in appropriate courses. The University maintains herds and flocks for teaching and research. Students may complete pre-veterinary medicine, equine science, wildlife management and conservation biology requirements under the Animal Science program. Graduates can expect to qualify for positions in sales and service, inspection, regulation, research/teaching, breed associations, extension, or management in an animal, equine and/or wildlife management industry.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Animal Science
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) 23
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
CHEM 1406Inorganic & Envir Chemistry 14
or CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1407Intro Organic and Biochemistry 14
or CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II
COMS 1361Public Speaking 33
or COMS 2382 Comm. for Bus. & Professions
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
Major Core
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
ANSC 2360Animals and Society 23
ANSC 3363Anatomy & Physiology of the Domestic Animal3
ANSC 3373Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 3376Meat Science3
ANSC 4395Animal Breeding & Genetics3
ANSC 4389Animal Reproduction3
ANSC 4394Animal Feeds And Feeding3
PLSC 4370Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt3
or PLSC 4383 Range Management
Additional Major Courses
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
AGRI 4120Professional Career Skills1
Select 3 hours from the following:3
Principles of Agri Economics
Agribusiness Financl Analysis
Animal Science Electives 4
Select 12-18 hours (9 hours must be advanced) from: ANSC, EQSC, or WMGT Electives12-18
Concentration (Science) OR Minor18-26
Concentration (26 SCH) 5
General Botany
General Zoology
Introductory Cell Biology
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
3000 - 4000 Advanced Elective in BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or GEOL (6 SCH)
Minor (18 SCH)
Minor (Advanced)
Total Hours120

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

First Year
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II3Component Area IV3
Component Area IX1ANSC 236023
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
4AGRI 1309 or CSTE 13303
Minor Or Concentration Course13-4CHEM 1406 or 141134
 14 16
Second Year
Component Area V3Component Area VI3
Component Area VI3Component Area VII3
ANSC 33633ANSC 33733
CHEM 1407 or 141234ANSC Electives (ANSC, EQSC, or WMGT)43
Minor Or Concentration Course13-4COMS 1361 or 238253
 16 15
Third Year
Component Area VII3ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303
ANSC 33763AGBU 2317 or 23893
ANSC 43953ANSC 43893
ANSC Elective (ANSC, EQSC, or WMGT)43MATH 13423
 PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
 12 16
Fourth Year
AGRI 41201ANSC Electives (ANSC, EQSC, or WMGT)43-6
ANSC 43943Minor Advanced Or Concentration Courses19-12
ANSC Electives (ANSC, EQSC, or WMGT)43-6 
Minor Advanced or Concentration Course3-6 
PLSC 4370 or 43833 
 16 15
Total Hours: 120
Concentration in Science 1
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
BIOL 2440Introductory Cell Biology4
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
3000-4000 Advanced Elective in BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or GEOL6
Total Hours26


 Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Students pursing a concentration in science have the option to add a minor, excluding a Minor in Biology or a Minor in Chemistry, but to do so additional semester credits hours will be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours.

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 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.