Why Animal Science?

  • If you would like a career relating to animals
  • If you would like to manage a farm or business related to animal agriculture
  • If you would like a career in sales, service, extension or promotions of animals and animal products
  • If you are preparing for graduate or veterinary school
All Agribusiness Animal Science Majors will take the Agribusiness Core, 35 hours of classes that match all Agribusiness Options. With the Animal Science option, you will be required to take 32 hours of animal oriented focus. The first 11 are the same for all Animal Science they include:
  • AY 105 Animal Science Experiences (2 hours)
  • AY 304 Principles of Animal Nutrition (3 hours)
  • AY 350 Animal Reproduction (3 hours)
  • AY 360 Animal Immunology and Diseases (3 hours)
After that you will pick from any of the following tracts depending on your career goals, experiences, and advisor advice.

Program Options

This would be for students focused on improving genetic quality of herds, those desiring technician careers in Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfers (ET), and for students who wish to work with seedstock producers.

21 hours including:

  • AY 375 Animal Breed Improvement (3 hours)
  • AG 371 Special Topics (Artificial Insemination in Cattle) (3hours)
  • AY 205 Horse Science (3 hours) or AY 405 Beef Production (3 hours)
  • AY 305 Advanced Horse Science (3 hours) or AY 440 Advanced Beef Production (3 hours)

This would be for students focused on improving the nutritional quality of animals, their feed components, and those wishing to work for feed companies or production plants.

21 hours including:

  • AY 200 Companion Animals (3 hours)
  • AY 205 Horse Science (3 hours)
  • AY 425 Feeding Non-Ruminants (3 hours)
  • AY 435 Feeding Ruminants (3 hours)
  • AY 405 Beef Production (3 hours)
  • AO 301 Forages (3 hours)

This would be for students who desire to focus less on production animals and more on the companion animal component, perfect for those who desire to manage or own equine facilities, desire to become vet-techs, and pre-vets who wish to focus on small animals.

21 hours including:

  • AY 200 Companion Animals (3 hours) or AY 205 Horse Science (3 hours)
  • AY 210 Animal Welfare (2 hours)
  • AY 220 Animal Handling (1 hour)
  • AY 306 Companion Animal Diseases (3 hours) or AY 305 Advanced Horse Science (3 hours)
  • AY 300 Domestic Animal Anat. And Physiology I (3 hours)
  • AY 310 Domestic Animal Anat. And Physiology II (3 hours)
  • AY 425 Feeding Non-Ruminants (3 hours)

This would be for students who desire to focus on production animals and less on the companion animal component, perfect for those who desire to manage or own farm/ranch facilities and pre-vets who wish to focus on large animals.

21 hours including:

  • AY 210 Animal Welfare (2 hours)
  • AY 220 Animal Handling (1 hour)
  • AY 320 Meat Science (3 hours)
  • AY 405 Beef Production (3 hours)
  • AY 425 Feeding Non-Ruminants (3 hours)
  • AY 435 Feeding Ruminants (3 hours)
  • AY 405 Beef Production (3 hours)
  • AY 440 Advanced Beef Production (3 hours)

This would be for students who desire to focus on the importance of animal well-being, while learning about livestock handling and stress, behavioral needs on the farm, and practical approaches for improving animal welfare; also for those who wish to learn about viewpoints affecting veterinarians, animal care staff, researchers.

21 hours including:

  • AY 200 Companion Animals (3 hours)
  • AY 205 Horse Science (3 hours)
  • AY 210 Animal Welfare (2 hours)
  • AY 220 Animal Handling (1 hour)
  • AY 320 Meat Science (3 hours)
  • AY 405 Beef Production (3 hours)

Develop your own custom program

The above specializations aren't the only options and we are happy to work with you on a customized program

David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center

  • Located in Gordonville, MO
  • Beef Teaching and Research Unit for production and reproductive research and experiential class learning
  • Crop Science Unit with underground drainage irrigation, bioreactors, and retention basin
  • Joint projects with Missouri Department of Agriculture

Contact

573.651.2106
creinagel@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 102
Department of Agriculture
One University Plaza, MS 6100
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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