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Our Department

A small town feel, a caring attitude and a commitment to every student
The Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences has distinguished programs in teaching, research and extension. Building upon its tradition of excellence, our department discovers, develops and distributes scientific knowledge to advance the animal and food industries.

1000+Undergraduate Students

majoring in either animal science or food science

65+Graduate Students

representing 19 states and nine countries

Land-Grant University Initiatives


The OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences offers two majors, animal science and food science. We have an excellent reputation for advisement and mentoring by faculty. We also have the largest departmental scholarship offering at OSU (with more than $400,000 awarded each year) and more national judging championships than any other university.


Our department is committed to the advancement of biosciences through both basic and applied research. Our faculty, staff and students conduct cutting-edge research projects in multiple animal science and food science disciplines. Our researchers publish their work in high-impact, scientific journals and they have been recognized for their outstanding achievements.


Through the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, our county educators and area, district and state specialists develop science-based educational programs to help Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Our Extension and outreach programs connect producers and consumers with current research.

Animal Science Building

"There is no other department like it, here or elsewhere. There is a good reason why (Animal and Food Sciences) is the largest department on campus, has the largest scholarship program, the largest banquet and the biggest alumni weekend at OSU. Animal science at OSU is, indeed, very special in the hearts of many."

- Don Wagner
Department Head Emeritus
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