Department of Animal Science

Building the educational foundation for future leaders in the animal industry

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.

Throughout our curriculum, a student-centered focus allows ample room for growth and success, including scholarship opportunities and several enterprising clubs.

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.

2015 Ag Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Dr. Thaler, this year's Ag Ambassador Award recipient. Watch this video from South Dakota Public Broadcasting to learn more about Dr. Thaler. 

Dr. Thaler has been a professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Swine Specialist for 26 years. He played a critical role in raising funds for the future SDSU swine research facility. He twice earned the “Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award” and was last year awarded the Pork All American from the South Dakota Pork Producers. He has served multiple terms on the National Pork Board’s Swine Educators Executive Committee. Dr. Thaler has also taught multiple classes at SDSU helping prepare future farmers and ranchers, and was recognized as the Ag-Bio College’s Teacher of the Year twice.


Species Studies Direct Links

Beef Equine Meat Science and Muscle Biology
Sheep Swine

SDSU 2015 New Zealand Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to New Zealand.

SDSU 2015 China Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to China. View the 2014, 2013, and 2012 blogs to see what our students did then in China.

SDSU 2015 Vietnam/Cambodia Ag Travel
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to Vietnam/Cambodia.

SDSU 2014 Australia Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to Australia.

SDSU 2014 Argentina Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to Argentina.

SDSU 2013 New Zealand Ag Travel Class
This blog follows SDSU students on a study trip to New Zealand.

Fast Facts
Undergraduate Students
400
Graduate Students
29
Number of graduates 2013–2014
85
Scholarship Recipients 124
Student/Faculty Ratio 25:1