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Animal Sciences involves studying and applying the basic principles of nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of animals: horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, and other domesticated species.

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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.

Possible career fields include:

  • Agribusiness & Finance
  • Allied Animal Industries
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Promotion & Public Relations
  • College & University (research, technician, extension, instruction)
  • Dairy Food & Meat Science Industry
  • Extension & Education
  • Government Agencies
  • Research & Laboratories
  • Veterinary Medicine*
  • Zoos, Kennels, Clinics, and Animal Preserves

*Note that students completing the pre-professional option have fulfilled the necessary requirements for most veterinary colleges.

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Animal Sciences (BS) - Animal Industry 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY3

    The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT3

    An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION3

    The second in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific disciplines of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior in the management of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours29

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • CHE 230 or CHE 2363
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Specialty Support3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3
  • STA 210 - MAKING SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL REASONING3

    The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Specialty Support3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3

    An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

  • ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING4

    A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

  • Specialty Support3
  • WRD 203 or WRD 2043
  • Elective3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS4

    Study of genetics as applied to specific companion animals and livestock species. Roles of selection and mating systems and their expected consequences are examined when applied to qualitative and quantitative traits expressed by specific companion animals and various livestock species. Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

  • ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS4

    Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total17
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE3

    Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

  • ASC 499 - ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCE IN ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Development and evaluation of the student's required acdemic enrichment experience (study abroad, undergraduate research, internship, student mentorship, leadership, etc).

  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours28
  • Animal Sciences (BS) - Food Industry 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY3

    The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT3

    An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION3

    The second in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific disciplines of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior in the management of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours29

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • CHE 230 or CHE 2363
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Specialty Support3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3
  • STA 210 - MAKING SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL REASONING3

    The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Specialty Support3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3

    An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

  • ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING4

    A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

  • Specialty Support3
  • WRD 203 or WRD 2043
  • Elective3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS4

    Study of genetics as applied to specific companion animals and livestock species. Roles of selection and mating systems and their expected consequences are examined when applied to qualitative and quantitative traits expressed by specific companion animals and various livestock species. Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

  • ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS4

    Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total17
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE3

    Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

  • ASC 499 - ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCE IN ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Development and evaluation of the student's required acdemic enrichment experience (study abroad, undergraduate research, internship, student mentorship, leadership, etc).

  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours28
  • Animal Sciences (BS) - Pre-Professional 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY3

    The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT3

    An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION3

    The second in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific disciplines of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior in the management of domestic animals.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours29

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

  • BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3

    BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

  • CHE 230 or CHE 2363
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Specialty Support3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II3
  • STA 210 - MAKING SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL REASONING3

    The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.

  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • Specialty Support3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3

    An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

  • ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING4

    A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

  • Specialty Support3
  • WRD 203 or WRD 2043
  • Elective3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS4

    Study of genetics as applied to specific companion animals and livestock species. Roles of selection and mating systems and their expected consequences are examined when applied to qualitative and quantitative traits expressed by specific companion animals and various livestock species. Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

  • ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS4

    Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total17
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE3

    Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

  • ASC 499 - ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCE IN ANIMAL SCIENCES1

    Development and evaluation of the student's required acdemic enrichment experience (study abroad, undergraduate research, internship, student mentorship, leadership, etc).

  • ASC Production Course3
  • ASC Production Crse or Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours28
  • Animal Sciences (BS) - Year 1 29 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY3

    The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

  • CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I4

    A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and their compounds. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 104 and 106 or CHE 104 and CHE 108, but open to students who have completed just CHE 104.

  • CHE 111 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY I1

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.1

  • GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT3

    An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION3

    The second in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on the application of scientific disciplines of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior in the management of domestic animals.

  • CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II3

    A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to the more important elements and compounds.

  • CHE 113 - LABORATORY TO ACCOMPANY GENERAL CHEMISTRY II2

    A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours29

what you'll study 

As an Animal Sciences major, you have the opportunity to pursue specific interests by selecting one of three study options:

  • Animal Industry (animal production and management for livestock, equine, or dairy)
  • Food Industry (food processing, chemistry, and safety)
  • Pre-Professional (veterinary sciences, human medicine, and graduate research)

Students get hands-on experience with the university livestock herds and flocks in addition to the meats and research laboratories.  Internships, undergraduate research experiences, study abroad programs, and student mentorships will offer you opportunities to gain a variety of experiences.  

Additionally, you have the opportunity  to take advantage of various extracurricular activities including:

  • Livestock, Meats, and Dairy Judging Teams
  • Dairy Challenge Team
  • Block and Bridle Club
  • Dairy Club
  • Pre-Vet Club

Featured Career

Agricultural and Food Scientists

Agricultural and food scientists research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$60,690

per year in 2014

Work Environment

Agricultural and food scientists work in various industries, including colleges and universities, manufacturing, and in scientific research and development. They work in offices, laboratories, and, sometimes, food production facilities. Most agricultural and food scientists work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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  • Microbiologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

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