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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Science: Companion Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Option, B.S.

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About the Bachelor of Science in Animal Science Program

Students majoring in animal science for the B.S. degree may choose to focus on one of 10 emphases: 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 preprofessional course preparation for veterinary medicine and the Equine Science Certificate Program.

For students majoring in animal science, the Business Option  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 Option  provides the latest scientific principles for efficient livestock production, marketing, and processing. The science option provides training in advanced basic sciences to prepare students for study towards an advanced degree. The Meat Science  and Meat Science Business Options   prepare 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 Option  provides training in advanced basic sciences to prepare students for study towards an advanced degree with equine emphasis. The Equine Production Option  is designed to prepare students to enter the equine industry with training in all aspects of equine management. The Equine Assisted Therapy Option  is a specialized option to prepare students for a career in the field of equine therapy and handicapped rehabilitation.

The Companion Animal Science Option  prepares students for careers working with companion animals, while the Companion Animal Science (Pre-Veterinary) Option  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 take a 3-hour internship or a 3-hour research experience to fulfill graduation requirements. All electives are subject to departmental approval.

Communication Literacy Requirement in Animal Science

Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study. 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 background. 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 (or 15)

Second Year

Total: 16

Total: 16

Third Year

Fourth Year


Total: 15


Total: 12

Total: 120

* Choose from core curriculum requirements.

Production Electives

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