The Program: The curriculum combines studies in nutrition, genetics, science, reproduction, behavior, physiology, business and technology with production, management, communication and agribusiness skills. Beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, companion animals and poultry are studied as are the products they use and produce.
You'll select one of the following options of study to complete a bachelor's of science in agriculture: Animal Products, Bioscience/Biotechnology, Business, Communications and Marketing, Production/Management, and Science/Pre-Vet.
The Industry: The goal of the ever-changing animal science industry is to produce and develop safe, quality animal food products to meet consumer's demands both home and abroad.
Careers: The American Society of Animal Sciences (www.asas.org) reports there are more than 500 different job classifications for animal science graduates. Career opportunities in animal sciences range from self-employment to jobs with large corporations. In the business world, positions include management, sales product development, market reporting, personnel administration, regulations and field service. Education positions include county agent, research worker, and laboratory director. Communication businesses hire editors, field representatives, radio broadcasters, journalists, and public relations professionals.
Among others, K-State animal science graduates are employed by artificial insemination services, feed companies, banks, equipment suppliers, meat packers, food processors, dairy plants, feedlots, poultry breeders, equipment manufacturers, commercial hog operations, equine breeding and training ranches, breed associations, pet food companies, pharmaceutical companies, and pet and farm stores.
Course Selection: All students take core courses, including written communications, public speaking, basic math, economics, chemistry, biology, nutrition, accounting, electives in the social sciences and the introductory animal sciences courses.
In addition to the required courses, 15 to 25 hours of free electives will help you satisfy personal interests, regardless of the option of study you choose. View a complete list of animal science courses.
Faculty: One of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry's greatest strengths is its outstanding faculty.
Effective instruction is a constant goal of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Several faculty have recently received national and international recognition for their accomplishments in teaching and research.
Faculty members are genuinely committed to teaching and serving as great advisors. They make it a point to get to know their students, and with an average student/faculty ratio of 20:1, there is a strong emphasis on individual attention.