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Animal Science Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers the baccalaureate degree with a major in Animal Science. Animal Science students have a choice of Industry or Science emphases. The Department has 16 full-time faculty members involved in the teaching program. There are more than 300 undergraduates enrolled, and over 1,500 students are served yearly in the 27 undergraduate courses offered by the department.

The Animal Science Department is rich with experienced faculty members and has developed many well-known graduates in the livestock industry and in natural resource management fields. Academically, SDSU Animal Science graduates are well prepared through hands-on experiences in the classroom, on field trips, and at our purebred beef, sheep, horse and swine teaching units, as well as at the Oak Lake Field Station.

The undergraduate program is flexible and allows students to obtain minors, or second majors, in other college programs. The Department also sponsors many clubs and activities that promote leadership and student involvement. Because of the balanced approach the faculty takes to education, experience, and involvement, SDSU Animal Science graduates are continually sought after for internships, employment, and graduate school.

Faculty Mission

Our undergraduate teaching faculty provide students with a high-quality professional educational experience that encourages creative thinking and develops and expands knowledge and skills in the fields of Animal Science.


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Minor & Certificate offerings

The Department of Animal Science offers several minors and a certificate:

For a full list of minors and certificates available at SDSU please see the course catalog.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

SDSU has an excellent pre-veterinary medicine curriculum that allows students to meet the basic science & other course requirements for application to Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) throughout the nation. The pre-veterinary medicine curriculum requires roughly 2 years (60 plus credit hours) of your undergraduate time. Most of the required and recommended classes are also included in related academic majors.

Animal Science Internships

Although not required for Animal Science majors, internships are required for the Equine Studies and Meat Science minors. Many students complete summer learning and work experiences in industry that are not for University credit. Students that complete internships for credit participate in an annual poster event where they share their experiences.

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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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Animal Science Department Mission

To educate, research, and disseminate the many aspects of animal agriculture and rangeland management to improve the well being of the citizens of South Dakota and the region.

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