The department is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and extension. Animal science is a broad field centered on the biology, production, management and care of animals. Animal scientists are involved in all phases of domestic animal production, research, sales, service, business and education.
Students who choose Animal Science as a major have three tracks to choose from, Veterinary Bioscience, Science or Industry. All three result in a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Animal Science. The Veterinary Bioscience track has the required pre-requisite courses needed to apply to the NCSU Veterinary School built into the curriculum. The Science track is designed for students who are interested in graduate school, medical school, pharmaceuticals, or other careers that require a strong science background. The Industry track, which requires fewer courses in physics and chemistry and more courses in business and production, prepares students for careers in production animal agriculture and related fields. Students who maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.35 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) may participate in the Honors Program, which involves completion of honors courses and an honors Research or Teaching project.
Associate Degree Program
Students who are interested in a two-year Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree may major in Livestock Management (general, swine, or poultry) through the Agricultural Institute, which is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. This program provides many hands-on, practical experiences that give graduates excellent skills for employment in animal-related industries. For more information, call (919) 515-3248, send e-mail to Ag_Institute@ncsu.edu, or look on the web at: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agi/
Many pre-vet students choose Animal Science as their major, but other options are available. Pre-vet is not a major, but is a course of study within the chosen major. Majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that work well for students planning to continue on to a College of Veterinary Medicine include (but are not limited to): Animal Science, Biochemistry, and Poultry Science. A minor in Animal Science is available for students who choose a major other than Animal Science.
Students pursuing either a B.S. degree in Animal Science or an A.A.S. degree in Livestock Management have the opportunity to learn hands-on animal agriculture in classes and labs that are taught at our Animal Educational Units (swine, dairy, beef, horse, and sheep/goat). Many students also obtain part-time jobs at the animal units, and some of the educational units have apartments where live-in students gain valuable experience throughout the semester or summer.
Internships and Other Opportunities
Animal Science and Livestock students are encouraged to complete Summer Internships working on a farm, at a veterinarian’s office, or in another animal-related field. Students may earn up to 3 credit hours of Free Electives for participating in such an internship. In addition, baccalaureate students may gain valuable experience and up to 3 credit hours for being Teaching Assistants for Animal Science courses, or for participating in Undergraduate Research. Animal Science and Livestock students also have the opportunity to compete intercollegiately as members of the Livestock, Horse, or Dairy judging teams.
Other Links to Curricula and Courses
- Undergraduate Minor in Animal Science
- Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Nutrition
- Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s of Animal Science degrees
(Student earns B.S. and M.A.S. degrees in 5 years)
- Accelerated B.S./DVM for Animal Science Majors
(3+1 Advising Guide for students admitted to vet school early)