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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, merchandising, biotechnology, education, operations, communications or business.


Our department offers an excellent pre-vet 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.

  • Agricultural Communications Double Major

    Gain a basic understanding of animal science paired with exceptional communication skills.

  • Agricultural Education Double Major

    Combine a foundation in animal science with the know-how to teach others.

  • Animal Biotechnology

    Acquire a strong science foundation and learn how innovative technologies are used in animal agriculture.

  • Business

    Understand the financial concepts of animal agriculture and how to apply those concepts efficiently and effectively.

  • Livestock Merchandising

    Gain the skills needed to promote and/or merchandise livestock.

  • Pre-Veterinary

    Prepare for veterinary school by completing the pre-veterinary requirements while obtaining a degree in animal science.


    This degree plan can be adjusted for students interested in pre-professional health, nursing, or law.

  • Production

    Learn the science and production practices of beef, horse, goat, poultry, sheep, swine and dairy operations for a career in production agriculture.

  • Ranch Operations

    Study ranching and beef cattle production, focusing on cow-calf and stocker management and forage production, including range management.


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