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Tomorrow's animal and natural resources industries leaders gain the educational foundation they need in the Department of Animal Science. These future leaders study under a dynamic faculty who not only teach but also set the pace with important research and aggressive outreach via Extension.
With our multi-disciplinary approaches towards production efficiency, product enhancement, and natural resources management, both our undergraduate and our graduate students gain strong skill sets. Graduates of our program see career options unfold in a diverse and growing range of employment areas, from animal-related industries to natural resources management.
Many graduate students devise their own research, or partner with faculty in our many facilities and laboratories, to solve the challenges of 21st century animal agriculture and environmental stewardship.
Animal Science is the study of animals and animal products. The Animal Science discipline includes education about the technology of breeding, feeding, producing, managing, evaluating, and marketing animals, as well as the processing and marketing of animal products.For more information
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Several student clubs and organizations are affiliated with the Department of Animal Science, and Department faculty serve as club advisors and are supportive of all club functions and events.For more information
SDSU 2016 China Ag Travel
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to China
SDSU 2016 Australia Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to Australia.
Research in the Department of Animal Science is under the auspices of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Additionally, research funding to support this mission is obtained from grants through federal agencies, commodity organizations, and private industry. Many of our faculty publications have been archived on OpenPRAIRIE.For more information
Animal agriculture is a major economic driver in South Dakota, and SDSU Extension personnel in the Department of Animal Science provide livestock producers, allied industry members, and general citizens the most current technical information available in order to help them be competitive in a global market.For more information
Excellent facilities and large herds and flocks of livestock are available for Animal Science research and teaching at South Dakota State University.For more information
Dakota Agricultural College was provided for by the Fourteenth Legislative Assembly of the Dakota Territory in 1881. In 1883, the Legislative Assembly provided for the erection of the first building and one year later (1884) the college was opened for students. In 1908, animal husbandry was given departmental status.For more information