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Animal Science Department history

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.    

The name was changed to the Animal Science Department in 1963, at which time a curriculum in Range Management was offered. In 1967, the Poultry Department was combined with the Department of Animal Science. In 1982, the name was changed to the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. In 2011 the name reverted to the Department of Animal Science, due to the transfer of the Range Science staff and curriculum to the newly-formed Natural Resource Management Department.  

The Animal Science Complex currently houses a majority of the Animal Science staff. The building was dedicated in May of 1977.


About the Animal Science Department

The Department of Animal Science strives to excel in the three primary missions of a land grant university which are learning, discovery, and engagement.

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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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Little International

Little International is a two-day agricultural exposition planned, organized, and implemented by students at South Dakota State University for the benefit of high school and college students. Little International is considered the largest two-day agricultural exposition in the country.

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