Animal Science and Technology

This major, offered by the Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science, is designed for students interested in applied animal science careers. Options are available to students interested in veterinary medicine, animal sciences, and animal management.

The major requires AVS 101, 102, 110, 331, and 333 plus option-specific courses as indicated below. Also required are 19-48 credits in basic science, 25-26 credits of concentration courses, and 8-34 credits of supporting electives approved for the major.

Animal Science Option. This option includes animal nutrition, physiology, behavior, and disease. Students will normally emphasize one or more of these areas. A strong preparatory background in the basic sciences is needed. Students in this option seek employment in technical areas and/or continue their studies in specialized graduate programs.

In addition to the requirements of the major, students choosing this option must complete the following basic science requirements: AVS 420 or BIO 352; BIO 101/103, 102/104; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114; CHM 124, 126 or CHM 226, 227, 228; MIC 201or 211; and MTH 131 and STA 307 or 308. The remaining credit requirements will be selected from the concentration courses and supporting electives approved for this option.

Animal Management Option. Research techniques and procedures for animal care are emphasized along with a strong background in the sciences. Students with this training and animal experience would be employed in research and teaching facilities as animal technicians, animal technologists, supervisors of animal technicians, and assistant research project leaders.

In addition to the requirements of the major, students must complete the following basic science requirements: BIO 101/103; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114 or CHM 103, 105, 124, 126; MTH 107 or higher. Twelve credits in animal management are required in the concentration. The remaining credits will be selected from the concentration courses and supporting electives approved for this option.

Preveterinary Option. This option requires a demonstrated capability in the basic sciences and prepares students for admission to veterinary schools offering the D.V.M. degree. Because admission requirements among schools are not totally uniform and are subject to change, students should determine specific requirements of the schools in which they are interested. Those who are not accepted for veterinary training will be well prepared to pursue graduate programs in animal physiology and health.

In addition to the requirements of the major, students must complete the following basic science requirements: BCH 311; BIO 101/103, 102/104, 352; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114, 226, 227, 228; MIC 201 or 211; PHY 111, 112, 185, 186; MTH 131 and STA 307 or STA 308 or 409. The remaining credits will be selected from the concentration courses and supporting electives approved for this option.