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Animal Science Major

Animal science is one of the largest majors on campus and the largest within the OSU Ferguson College of Agriculture. Animal science is the science and business of domestic animals, including companion animals and livestock species (horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine and poultry).


Within our animal science major, a student can study health, production/operations or business/pre-law.


Our department offers an excellent pre-veterinary option and directs the pre-professional course preparation for veterinary medicine. We also have degree plans available for students interested in pre-professional health, nursing and law.


Animal science student with cattle

Degree Options

Within the animal science major, students select an option (predefined emphasis area) so that their plan of study meets their needs.

  • Animal Science
    The animal science degree prepares students with a broad range of animal science knowledge and skills. Students will learn about topics like physiology, nutrition, genetics, animal business, production systems and more.
  • Business / Pre-Law

    Understand the financial concepts of animal agriculture and how to apply those concepts efficiently and effectively. This degree plan can also prepare students interested in pursuing careers in law while earning a degree in animal science.

  • Pre-Veterinary / Pre-Medical

    Allows students to complete the requirements for pre-veterinary or pre-med while obtaining a degree in animal science.


    This degree plan prepares students for veterinary or medical school. It can also be used for students interested in pre-professional health, dental or nursing. 

  • Production and Operations

    Learn the science and production practices of beef, horse, goat, poultry, sheep, swine and dairy operations. Students will study ranching and beef cattle production, focusing on cow-calf and stocker management and forage production.


    This degree option prepares students for a careers in production agriculture or range management.


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