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Exploring Animal Science and Agriculture

Freshmen Interest Groups

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FIG Description:

Are you interested in a future in Animal Science and Animal Agriculture? Perhaps you have a love for horses and want to explore opportunities in equine science. Or you are focused on a science-based degree program in preparation for veterinary school or graduate school in an animal science-related field. Maybe you want to learn more about the business management side of animal agriculture, or have a passion for meat science and food technology, or simply have that dream of running your own farm or ranch someday. If so, this FIG is for you! Members of this FIG will discover the variety of degree options available in the ANVS major at UW, and the rewarding career opportunities for which they will prepare you. FIG activities may focus on developing skills for academic success, exploring the industry through discussion and field trips, and learning how to be an advocate for animal agriculture.

What is Animal Science? Animal Science (historically known as animal husbandry) is an agricultural field of study, focusing on the production and management of farm animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, horses, and more recently companion animals. Zoology is branch of biology that studies the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, and how they interact with their ecosystems. While there is some overlap between the two, the goals are quite different…namely production of food and labor with Animal Science, vs. a more ecosystem-based approach and a focus on non-farm animals with Zoology. This FIG is for majors in Animal and Veterinary Science (any option) or Agricultural and Applied Economics – Livestock Business Management as opposed to Zoology or other non-Agriculture majors.

Special note: Must have a minimum ACT Math subscore of 23 or a Math Placement Exam score of 3 or higher to enroll in LIFE 1010, and therefore join this FIG.  Enrollment in this FIG is restricted to Animal and Veterinary Science (any option) or Agricultural and Applied Economics – Livestock Business Management majors only.


Hall: Orr Floor 3



  • ANSC 1010 - Introduction to Animal Science
  • LIFE 1010 - General Biology, and lab

*You will be able to add an additional 1 or 2 courses to your schedule when you meet with an advisor during orientation in June.

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