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Animal Science academics

Animal Science is about not only the production and care of animals but also about the products animals produce. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey are all high protein foods. 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.

Degrees Offered

South Dakota State University students can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, or Ph.D. in Animal Science. To earn a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, students must complete 120 credit hours of study that can be done in four years by averaging 15 credit hours per semester.

The undergraduate program combines the latest scientific findings about animal production and product processing. Classroom work is combined with hands-on experience in animal production, processing, and research units, which are maintained by the department and staffed with students. Animals produced and processed by these units are used in classroom and research projects, providing the student an opportunity to become actively involved in our livestock units and Animal Science research programs.

Study Options

Undergraduate students majoring in Animal Science may choose one of two different options. Within each of these options, students can specialize in one or more specie groups by choosing the appropriate production courses. 




Last updated 3/10/16

Animal Science Undergraduate programs

The Department offers the baccalaureate degree with a major in Animal Science. Animal Science students have a choice of Industry or Science emphases. The Department has 16 full-time faculty members involved in the teaching program. There are more than 300 undergraduates enrolled, and over 1,500 students are served yearly in the 27 undergraduate courses offered by the department.

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Animal Science Internships

Although not required for Animal Science majors, internships are required for the Equine Studies and Meat Science minors. Many students complete summer learning and work experiences in industry that are not for University credit. Students that complete internships for credit participate in an annual poster event where they share their experiences.

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Animal Science Graduate programs

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science, or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Faculty and graduate students are actively involved in basic and/or applied research in the fields of nutrition, reproductive physiology, muscle biology, animal breeding, meat science, and animal production.

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Animal Science Careers

A degree in Animal Science can open many paths for graduates such as careers in agribusiness, meat processing, government agencies, teaching and livestock production.

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Animal Science Scholarships

Scholarships are an integral part of an undergraduate teaching program. Financial aid for students is increasingly important, and the Department appreciates the generosity of the organizations and individuals, as well as their families and friends that make these scholarships available.

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