All animal science majors take courses in animal nutrition, reproduction, animal breeding, and genetics, and have hands-on opportunities to apply their coursework to dairy cattle, beef cattle, and swine. In addition, you may choose from two animal sciences options, and tailor your coursework to help you achieve your personal and academic goals.
The pre-veterinary medicine/science option places emphasis on the basic sciences, preparing students for careers in veterinary medicine, graduate school, and biotechnology. Students who choose the pre-veterinary medicine/science option complete required courses for admission to professional DVM programs, in addition to courses related to the biological systems and functioning of animals.
The animal management option emphasizes the business and economic aspects of animal production and well-being. Students develop practical management skills through participation in the department’s dairy and beef centers.
As an animal sciences student, you can immediately apply what you learn in the classroom. The department offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities, such as student-managed herds of dairy cows, a student-managed beef feedlot, and many opportunities to conduct innovative research that addresses some of the most pressing issues for animals and humans. For high achieving students we offer a combined program leading to Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
A minor in Animal Sciences requires a minimum of 16 credits of courses with the ANIM SCI prefix. At least 9 of the 16 credits must be upper-division, taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses, and include a minimum of 7 credits from the following list; ANIM SCI 313, 330, 350, and/or 351. In addition, students may use up to 4 credits of ANIM SCI 399 or 499. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 gpa within ANIM SCI courses to remain certified as an Animal Science minor. Students may apply for a minor in Animal Sciences once they have certified in a major and completed 60 credit hours.
Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss your options and design a program that meets your needs.
Note: You should consult the General Catalog for course planning and must meet course requirements for your major, as outlined in the catalog, to graduate.
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