Apr 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Science, B.S.: Companion Animal Science Concentration

About the B.S. in Animal Science

Students majoring in animal science for the B.S. degree may choose to focus on one of 10 concentrations: animal business, production, science, meat science, meat science business, equine production, equine science, equine assisted therapy, companion animal science, and companion animal science (pre-veterinary). In addition, the department also directs the pre-professional course preparation for veterinary medicine and the Equine Science Certificate Program.

For students majoring in animal science, the Business Concentration  prepares them for careers in all facets of livestock production and subsidiary support services by blending animal science with business and economics courses. The Production Concentration  provides the latest scientific principles for efficient livestock production, marketing, and processing. The Science Concentration  provides training in advanced basic sciences to prepare students for study toward an advanced degree. The Meat Science Concentration  prepares students in meat processing, science, and safety.

The equine emphasis options are designed to prepare students for careers in the equine industry. The Equine Science Concentration  provides training in advanced basic sciences to prepare students for study towards an advanced degree with equine emphasis. The Equine Production Concentration  is designed to prepare students to enter the equine industry with training in all aspects of equine management. The Equine Assisted Therapy Concentration  is a specialized concentration to prepare students for a career in the field of equine therapy and handicapped rehabilitation.

The Companion Animal Science Concentration  prepares students for careers working with companion animals, while the Companion Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary) Concentration  prepares students for post-graduate training in veterinary medicine.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all animal science courses required for graduation. In addition, students are required to participate in an internship or research experience to fulfill graduation requirements. All electives are subject to departmental approval.

Communication Literacy Requirement in Animal Science

Communication literacy in Animal Science is evidenced by competence in finding, reading, and interpreting animal science material; and communicating (both written and oral) an understanding of the material. This is accomplished through the analysis of literature—both scientific and popular press, as well as through writing and public speaking to a variety of audiences with diverse educational backgrounds. These skills will be assessed in four required courses: ACOM 2302  or ENGL 2311 ; ANSC 3100 ; ANSC 3401 ; and at least one of the following: ANSC 4401 , ANSC 4402 , ANSC 4403 , ANSC 4405 , or ANSC 4408 .

Recommended Curriculum

First Year


Total: 16

Total: 14

Second Year

Third Year


Total: 14


Total: 16

Fourth Year


Total: 14-15


  • 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • Production Elective 4 Semester Credit Hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3 Semester Credit Hours*
  • Approved Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Electives 2-3 Semester Credit Hours

Total: 16-17

Total Hours: 120

*Choose from core curriculum  requirements.

Approved electives must be approved by an advisor.

Production Electives