Animals have many important roles in human societies including the provision of food and fiber, draft power, recreational and athletic activities, and companionship. In addition, animals and their interactions with humans have environmental consequences. Processing, preservation, and quality of animal-derived foods significantly affect human health and economics. Animal Sciences involves studying and applying the basic principles of nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of animals including horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, and other domesticated species. Additional course work provides information on production and handling of animal-derived foods.
No one program fits all Animal Sciences students. Students come from varied backgrounds and their interests range from livestock and poultry production and management to marketing and public relations; from public education and extension to graduate training in research and teaching and veterinary medicine. No matter what species you have an interest in, the Animal Sciences major will allow you to combine your interest with your desire for an exciting and rewarding career.
As an Animal Sciences major, students have the opportunity to pursue specific interests by selecting one of three study options: Animal Industry, Food Industry or Pre-Professional. The Animal Industry option is for those students interested in animal production and management and allows specialization in one of three areas: livestock, equine, or dairy. The Food Industry option is designed to provide an emphasis on aspects of food processing, chemistry, and safety. The Pre- Professional option is a rigorous study program for students with interests in veterinary sciences, human medicine, and graduate research. Students must consult the pre-professional advisor or graduate school advisor of the university to which they intend on applying for additional or specific requirements.
To keep pace with the food, fiber, and recreation requirements of a growing world population, Animal Sciences graduates are needed in the livestock industry and closely related fields. The Animal Sciences major offers considerable flexibility in fulfilling specific career objectives, whether you are interested in working directly with livestock or indirectly in closely related areas such as agribusiness, research, government, or education.
To earn the Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences, the student must have a minimum of 120 credit hours with at least a 2.0 grade-point standing. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be from upper division courses (300 and above). Remedial courses may not be counted toward the total hours required for the degree. In addition to UK Core requirements, students must complete college, departmental and specialty support requirements.
Each student must complete the following: