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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.

News of the Department of Animal Science (NODAS)

Our Animal Science Department newsletter is archived by the library on OpenPRAIRIE.

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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 FAQ

Have questions about Animal Science or majoring in Animal Science?

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Activities/Student Organizations/Clubs

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.

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SDSU Youth Livestock Judging Camp

The SDSU Youth Livestock Judging Camp instruction will cover live evaluation of the primary livestock species (cattle, sheep/goats and swine), as well as preparation and critique of oral reasons. Additionally, guest speakers on livestock nutrition and production will be available to all campers. Many teaching methods apply to this experience including lecture, demonstration, hands-­on experience, one-­on-one coaching and critiquing, along with question and answer sessions.

Registration packet available here: 2017 registration packet

Study abroad courses

Follow our students' adventures

SDSU 2017 China Travel
This blog chronicles our class trip to China May 8th - 21st, 2017.

SDSU 2017 New Zealand Travel
This blog chronicles our class trip to New Zealand May 7th - May 23rd, 2017.

SDSU 2017 South Africa Travel
This blog chronicles our class trip to South Africa from March 3rd until March 12th, 2017.

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Animal Science research

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.

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SDSU Extension Animal Science

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.

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Animal Science facilities

Excellent facilities and large herds and flocks of livestock are available for Animal Science research and teaching at South Dakota State University.

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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.

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