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Animal Science Degree Program

Information on the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Major; Animal Science Degree Program

This video was made by students in the Animal Science Capstone course as seniors in Animal Science.

What is Animal Science?

ANSI Slick SheetAnimal science is the study of domestic animals including livestock species (horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine and poultry) and companion animals. Students study concepts from production through processing and learn about the value associated with livestock, as well as meat and milk produced from those animals.

Animal scientists apply the principles of biological, physical and social sciences to animal nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health. Livestock production systems, animal management and husbandry, animal products, and much more are part of the study of animal science.

The department also directs the pre-professional course preparation for veterinary medicine and offers degree plans for students interested in pre-professional health, nursing and law.


Why Study Animal Science?

If you have a passion for animals in any realm, you may consider studying animal science. Whether your interest is going to veterinary school to maintain the health of animals, running a ranch, working for an animal health company, working in communications or anything in between, there is an option that will fit your interests.

Degree Options

Within animal science, you have the option to select a predefined emphasis area or work with your faculty advisor to customize your plan of study.

  • Agricultural Communications Double Major (BSAG)
    Gain a basic understanding of animal science paired with exceptional communication skills.
  • Agricultural Education Double Major (BSAG)
    Combine a foundation in animal science with the know-how to teach others.
  • Animal Biotechnology option (BSAG)
    Acquire a strong science foundation and learn how innovative technologies are used in animal agriculture.
  • Business option (BSAG)
    Understand the financial concepts of animal agriculture and how to apply those concepts efficiently and effectively.
  • Livestock Merchandising option (BSAG)
    Skills to promote and/or merchandise livestock.
  • Pre-Veterinary Animal Science option (BSAG)
    Complete pre-veterinary requirements and obtain a degree in animal science.
  • Production option (BSAG)
    Learn the science and production practices of beef, horse, goat, poultry, sheep, swine and dairy operations for a career in production agriculture.
  • Ranch Operations option (BSAG)
    Study ranching and beef cattle production, focusing on cow-calf and stocker management and forage production including range management.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Animal Science?

  • Animal nutritionist
  • Breed association representative
  • Dairy herd manager
  • Equine specialist
  • Extension educator
  • Feed salesperson
  • Feedlot operator
  • Genetic engineer
  • Livestock marketer
  • Lobbyist
  • Medical doctor
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Ranch manager
  • Reproductive management specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Seedstock producer
  • Veterinarian

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