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College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Department of Animal Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Animal Science degree at Washington State University

Upon completion of the Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences, it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop and evaluate animal production and management systems by integrating knowledge of animal genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and other relevant disciplines and applying scientific and quantitative reasoning to solve real-world challenges.
  2. Locate, critically evaluate, and apply information from scholarly animal science literature and other sources to expand personal understanding and knowledge of animal sciences, providing a foundation for lifelong learning.
  3. Create and interpret graphs, tables and diagrams illustrating scientific data and concepts, and understand basic concepts relating to the design and analysis of research in the animal sciences.
  4. Communicate effectively about animal sciences to a range of audiences, both orally and in writing, using appropriate traditional and emerging media.
  5. Engage actively and effectively in discussion of complex issues relevant to the animal sciences by understanding and appreciating:
    1. the importance of animals to the health and well-being of society;
    2. economic, environmental, animal welfare, and societal impacts of animal production and management systems at the global and local level;
    3. varied ethical perspectives on animal practices;
    4. the role of science in informing debates.
  6. Appreciate the breadth and depth of professional opportunities in animal sciences relating to:
    1. the keeping of animals for food and fiber production and other purposes (e.g., companionship, research and teaching, biotechnology, sports, species conservation);
    2. the application of scientific principles to animal breeding, reproduction, feeding, growth and development, health management, housing, handling, and end – product safety and quality.