Animal Science (B.S.)

The animal science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities through education on scientific principles of biology and animal agriculture developed from various animal models. The program also provides information on the application of animal management procedures in agricultural operations.

Animal science at MSU revolves around the animals themselves, including beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry and companion animals.

The animal science major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides flexibility for students through careful guidance from academic advisors and career mentors. Animal science is a common degree path for pre-veterinary students.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Breeding and genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Management
  • Animal behavior welfare

In addition to the core areas, students select at least one concentration area.

Concentrations include:

Learn more about requirements and courses in Animal Science.

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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid distributes more than 60 million dollars in financial assistance to over 50% of the MSU student population. A number of scholarship, loan, grant, and work study packages are available for students who inquire.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Listed in these pages are 4-year, Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT), and industry scholarships, including the Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships, for which ANS students may be eligible.

Additional scholarships may be available through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Academic and Student Affairs Office in the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture and via the ANR Alumni Association

Check MSU’s Scholarship Search website to find other opportunities.

Animal Science Graduates

See career outcomes for MSU animal science graduates, including salaries, top employers and employment locations.

Career Opportunities

The livestock industry, animal agriculture and related fields are a major component of the U.S. economy and career opportunities are excellent for graduates trained in animal science.

Animal science not only involves livestock production, but also marketing, public affairs, transportation, processing, research, companion animal management and other allied specialties.

Animal Science prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Animal production and management
  • Food processing
  • Animal feed, environmental and health industries
  • Communication and service organizations
  • Research
  • Education and public service

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with partners in animal science and veterinary industries, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in a variety of fields.

Student Stories

Sadie Finegan, 4-H alumna and animal science undergraduate student.

Love of animals sparks 4-H alumna’s interest in animal science, production agriculture

November 18, 2021

With a love of animals, 4-H alumna and undergraduate animal science student Sadie Finegan dreams of a career in production agriculture.

The MSU Dairy Challenge Team of students included (left to right) Miriah Dershem, Kristen Burkhardt, Beka Kriger and Lynn Olthof.

MSU Dairy Challenge third national title in a row

June 12, 2021

Learn more about the path it took to reach MSU Dairy Challenge Team's third consecutive national championship.

Animal Science Advisors

Schedule advising appointments online or stop by the undergraduate advising office in room 1250 of Anthony Hall. (More details: MSU Student Information System resources.)

Find out more about Advising & Registration in the Department of Animal Science.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education abroad and undergraduate research opportunities through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Animal Science.

In addition, there are a variety of student clubs and organizations available:

  • Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association (ASURSA)
  • Animal Welfare Club
  • Avian Science Club
  • Block and Bridle
  • Dairy Club
  • Driving Club
  • Horseman’s Association (Equestrian Teams, Dressage, Polo)
  • Leader Dog Club
  • Rodeo Club
  • Intercollegiate Judging Teams

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