Undergraduate Animal Science Programs
The Department of Animal Science offers a variety of courses in animal and food science. The department has modern laboratories and excellent animal facilities including a livestock teaching arena and a meat processing facility. Courses in animal science, food science and pathobiology are the core offerings in the various options. The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Science have combined curriculum under Animal and Veterinary Science (ANVS).
The curriculum leads to a wide variety of career opportunities for animal and veterinary science graduates. The various options provide maximum flexibility to meet the changing needs of students and their employers. A student may also choose to combine 2 options (example= Production/Business) and/or add a minor in order to broaden their education in Animal Science.
Students are encouraged to participate in activities related to their degree option. The department offers a livestock judging team, a meats judging team and a wool judging team. Each team travels and participates in at least one major exposition a year. Internships are available to gain practical experience. Student organizations such as the Block and Bridle Club, Food Science Club, Rodeo Club and the Pre-Vet Club provide additional educational and recreational materials.
Student Clubs & Organizations
Graduation Requirement Check Sheets
Careers in Animal Science
Animal Biology (required course work)
This option within the major requires more complete and stringent basic sciences. Students may complete pre-medical requirements or other pre-professional allied health requirements while completing a B.S. degree that prepares them for alternate career choices. Selected courses provide opportunity for more complete exposure in both biological science and pathobiology. Possible alternatives to professional schools include graduate school admission or employment by the government or industry in research, promotion or sales.
Business Option (required course work)
Students desiring a strong background in business in addition to basic courses in animal and veterinary science should enroll in this option. Graduates will be qualified for careers in the livestock agribusiness industry.
Communication Option (required course work)
Students in this option obtain a basic education in animal and veterinary science and also acquire in-depth communication skills.
Equine Option (required course work)
This option provides a strong background in equine production and management. Students interested in equine should enroll in these option.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine (required course work)
This option is especially designed to prepare students for application to colleges of veterinary medicine. There is a strong emphasis on the biological, biomedical and physical sciences. This curriculum is also appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate school opportunities, other professional school applications, or careers in many areas of agribusiness. A minimum of three years of formal course work is required before one can apply to a college of veterinary medicine. Students accepted before completion of their B.S. degree can transfer credits back to UW to complete their degree requirements. Wyoming does not have a college of veterinary medicine.
Production Option (required course work)
This option provides a strong background in livestock production and management.
Range Livestock Option (required course work)
This option emphasizes range livestock management and range resources.
Meat Science & Food Technology (required course work)
Students taking this option will have an excellent background for entering the meat industry.