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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.

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SDSU Animal Science Students Receive Certified Angus Beef Scholarships

Three South Dakota State University students in the Department of Animal Science recently received scholarships from Certified Angus Beef (CAB). Each year, CAB awards scholarships to 15 undergraduate students and five graduate students from across the U.S.

The Cattle Business Weekly named 2022 SDSU Friend of the Beef Industry

The Cattle Business Weekly has been named the 2022 South Dakota State University Friend of the Beef Industry. For nearly two decades, the publication’s commitment to promoting the beef industry has remained solid.

South Dakota State University Animal Science Students attend Academic Quadrathlon

South Dakota State University animal science students participated in the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Academic Quadrathlon held in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska March 13-14.