Department Of Animal Science
Welcome to OSU Animal Science
Animal Science has the largest departmental undergraduate enrollment major and scholarship program on the OSU-Stillwater campus; it is also the fourth largest Animal Science Department in the country. Students may choose one of nine options while earning the B.S. degree in Animal Science; B.S. degree in Food Science; M.S. programs in Animal Science and Food Science; a Master of Agriculture degree; and Ph.D. programs in Animal Breeding and Reproduction, Animal Nutrition, and Food Science are offered.
Animal Science is concerned with the science and business of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horse, poultry, sheep, and swine production. Not only does Animal Science concern itself with production, but also offers an excellent Pre-Vet option. Animal scientists study the application of principles in the biological, physical and social sciences, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, and also problems associated with livestock production and management. The Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science has a whole lot to offer anyone considering a degree in Animal Science, including prominent judging teams, a large number of student organizations, and many facilities that other colleges cannot provide.
Any person interested in the study of Food Science should know that Oklahoma State University offers Food Science through the Department of Animal Science. The study of Food Science includes all types of foods, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, and further processed foods that you find in grocery stores and restaurants. Food Scientists apply principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition and engineering to create new food products, to improve food-processing techniques and to ensure quality, safety and nutritional value of the food supply. Food Scientists play a central role in optimizing the safety and quality of foods from the point of production on the farm until products reach the consumer’s plate.
Oklahoma State University Animal Science and Food Science students are able to pursue a variety of careers in their field of interest, including education, communications, biotechnology, business, livestock merchandising, veterinary medicine, production, ranch operations, and food science.