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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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SDSU Swine Day 2020


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South Dakota State faculty host communication conference for graduate students

Students pursuing graduate degrees from South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had the opportunity to improve their communication skills at the first annual communication conference hosted by SDSU’s Departme

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College Factual ranks animal science department as nation's best for veterans


South Dakota State University was ranked the nation’s best animal science school for veterans by College Factual.

Animal Science Graduate Students Receive International Research Awards

Two South Dakota State University graduate students in the Animal Science Department received top honors at the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) research competition held virtually this summer.