Dr. Michael Phelps inspecting juvenile fish.


The study of animal sciences encompasses a variety of scientific disciplines that explain the functioning of biological systems related to livestock and other animal species. Animal sciences applies this scientific base to the production and management of animals and includes the study of animal behavior, well-being, and husbandry. Products resulting from the care and management of livestock (meat, milk, and fiber) are integral components within the field of animal sciences.

In addition, there are many important animal contributions to society that benefit animals and humankind, such as recreation (horseback riding, fishing), companionship and therapy (dogs, cats, horses), and biomedical research.

As an animal sciences student at Washington State University, you will gain in-depth knowledge into the relationship between humans and animals, and have the necessary training to make an impact in the agricultural, business, or research industries.