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Animal Science FAQ

Why should I consider Animal Science?

The USDA estimates an annual shortage of 4,000 college graduates for some 48,000 ag-related jobs during the 21st century. Areas related to Animal Science are ranked high among these employment opportunities.

Animal Science is also an excellent choice of major for those that are interested in a pre-veterinary medicine program. 

What if I don’t have a livestock background?

Our courses are designed so that students from all backgrounds can excel. There is a growing number of students enrolled in Animal Science courses that have little to no experience with livestock production. 

What if I don’t I want to farm or ranch?

Animal production is only one of many careers available. The future is especially bright for people going into industries that support or service animal production and our natural resources. Young people with an interest in chemistry, biology, and other sciences are especially important to the animal science field. It is expected that through the next decade, scientists, managers, sales representatives and marketing specialists will account for most of the new jobs open for college graduates majoring in Animal Science.

Are scholarships available for students majoring in Animal Science following their first year?

Yes! The Animal Science Department annually awards approximately $100,000 in departmental scholarships. Our students also competed for $300,000 of scholarship dollars awarded by the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

Is the Animal Science Department committed to teaching?

Yes! We have a strong teaching faculty. Many of our faculty have been recognized for excellence in teaching and also recognized by students through awards such as the College Teacher of the Year. The department strives to provide excellent classroom, laboratory and advising experiences for students.

What other experiences can I look forward to as a major in the Animal Science Department?

Undergraduate students have a number of opportunities available to them to enrich their college experience. These include: Departmental clubs such as Block and Bridle, Little International staff/participant, Horse Club, Meat Science and Swine Club. Students participating in livestock, meats and wool judging teams compete in contests around the country. Internships allow our juniors and seniors to learn and gain experience in the industry. Undergraduate research, teaching, and extension projects are available for juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing their interests in these areas.

Animal Science academics

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.

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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 Scholarships

Over $100,000 in scholarships are awarded by the Department to Animal Science majors each year! Scholarships are awarded to Jackrabbit Guarantee recipients, judging team members, and many other top students. Scholarships are an integral part of SDSU Animal Science. The Department appreciates the generosity of the organizations and individuals, as well as their families and friends that make scholarships available.

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