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Animal Science Major

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

Animal science is concerned with the science and business of domestic animals, including livestock species (horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine and poultry) and companion animals. 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. Not only does our department concern itself with production, but we also offer an excellent Pre-Vet option.

Our department offers many opportunities to anyone considering a degree in Animal Science, including prominent judging teams, a large number of student organizations, and hands-on teaching facilities that other colleges cannot provide.

In addition, the department directs the pre-professional course preparation for veterinary medicine. Degree plans are also available for students interested in pre-professional health, nursing and law.

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

Major Options

Within animal science, you have the opportunity to select an option (predefined emphasis area) so that your plan of study meets your needs.

  • Agricultural Communications Double Major
    Gain a basic understanding of animal science paired with exceptional communication skills.


  • Agricultural Education Double Major
    Combine a foundation in animal science with the know-how to teach others.


  • Animal Biotechnology
    Acquire a strong science foundation and learn how innovative technologies are used in animal agriculture.


  • Business
    Understand the financial concepts of animal agriculture and how to apply those concepts efficiently and effectively.
  • Livestock Merchandising
    Skills to promote and/or merchandise livestock.


  • Pre-Veterinary
    Complete pre-veterinary requirements and obtain a degree in animal science.


  • Production
    Learn the science and production practices of beef, horse, goat, poultry, sheep, swine and dairy operations for a career in production agriculture.


  • Ranch Operations
    Study ranching and beef cattle production, focusing on cow-calf and stocker management and forage production including range management.


Animal Science Program

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Undergraduate Research

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Student Organizations

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