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Animal Science (B.S.) - Science Specialization

Leading scientific discoveries and/or preparing for veterinary school.

Innovations in animal science contribute to improved management, growth, efficiency, health and performance of livestock.  Discovering new knowledge in animal nutrition, reproduction, and growth, as well as meat science requires a strong background in the sciences, which this specialization will provide.  It also is designed to prepare students for a future in veterinary medicine and fulfills the undergraduate academic requirements for admission to a doctor of veterinary medicine program.  Courses and hands-on experiences focused on livestock production will complement the strong science core.  

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an interest in science and the livestock industries
  • Like to work with animals
  • Are interested in medicine and well-being of animals
  • Want to do research
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker

Career Opportunities

  • Animal health research
  • Meat product development
  • Nutritionist
  • Reproductive (AI, ET) technician
  • Large/small animal veterinary practice

Recent Employers

  • Newport Laboratories
  • Trans-Ova
  • Nutrena Animal Feeds
  • Con-Agra
  • Certified Angus Beef

Internship Opportunities

  • Select Sires
  • Sonstegard Foods
  • Grand Labs
  • Tyson Foods
  • Dakotaland Feeds

Suggested Certificates

  • Swine Science
  • Workplace Intercultural Competence

Suggested Minors

  • Animal Health
  • Equine Studies
  • Meat Science
  • Food Safety
  • Agricultural Business

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.