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 the following core courses: AVS 101, 102, 110, 331, 333 plus option-specific courses as indicated below. Including the core courses, there are 16-42 credits of basic science, including BIO 101/103 and BIO 102/104, 21-22 credits of concentration courses and 11-27 credits of supporting courses required for this major. A total of 120 credits are required for graduation.

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 core courses specified of the major, the following courses are required: AVS 212, 275, 323, 324, 332, 412, 472;  AVS 420 or BIO 352; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114; CHM 124, 126 or CHM 226, 227, 228; CMB 201 or 211; and MTH 131 and STA 307 or 308. The remaining credit requirements will be selected from the concentration courses (6 credits) and supporting electives ( 21-27 credits) 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 core courses specified for the major, the following courses are required: AVS 104, 132, 201, 212, 275; CHM 101, 102, 112, 114 or CHM 103, 105, 124, 126; MTH 107 or higher. The remaining credits will be selected from the concentration courses (6 credits) and supporting electives (12 credits) 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.   Students in this track will also be well prepared to pursue graduate programs in animal physiology, nutrition and health. 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.

In addition to the core courses specified for the major,  the following courses are required: AVS 104, 332, 412, 472; BIO 341, BIO/CMB 352; CMB 211, 311;  BUS or ECN (3 credits); CHM 101, 102, 112, 114, 226, 227, 228; 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 (9 credits) and supporting electives (6 credits) approved for this option.