College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Animal Sciences

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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.

Courses You Will Take

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Pre-Professional 120 - 132 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

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.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
CHE 105
4
CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I

CHE 105

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their application to pure and mixed substances. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 109 and CHE 110.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above (or Math placement test), or MA 109, or MA 110.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 105 to satisfy UK Core.

1 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105 or CHE 110, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq or coreq: CHE 105 or CHE 110.

GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

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.

Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
CHE 107
3
CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II

CHE 107

3 credit hours

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

Prereq: CHE 105 or CHE 110 (with a C or better).

CHE 113
2
CHE 113 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

CHE 113

2 credit hours

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

Prereq: CHE 111. Prereq or coreq: CHE 107.

MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 30

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 205
1
ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES

ASC 205

1 credit hours

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).

Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

BIO 148
3
BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I

BIO 148

3 credit hours

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).

Prereq: Math ACT of 24 or above, or MA 109, and past or concurrent enrollment in CHE 105.

CHE 230
3
CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

CHE 230

3 credit hours

Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

Prereq: CHE 107 and CHE 113.

CHE 231
1
CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

CHE 231

1 credit hours

Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: CHE 113; prereq or concur, CHE 230 or CHE 236

UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

BIO 152

3 credit hours

The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

Prereq: C or better in BIO 148 or permission of Department.

CHE 232
3
CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

CHE 232

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 230.

Prereq: CHE 230 with grade C or above.

CHE 233
1
CHE 233 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

CHE 233

1 credit hours

Laboratory for CHE 232. Laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: CHE 231; pereq or concur: CHE 232.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 34

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 325
3
ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ASC 325

3 credit hours

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.

Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

*Class only offered in Fall.

3 credit hours

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.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

BIO 304
4
BIO 304 - PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS

BIO 304

4 credit hours

A study of the physical and chemical aspects of the genetic material and their relationship to the expression and inheritance of the phenotype. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: BIO 148, BIO 152, BIO 155, CHE 107, CHE 113.

PHY 211
5
PHY 211 - GENERAL PHYSICS

PHY 211

5 credit hours

First part of a two-semester survey of classical and modern physics, focusing on the motion of solids and fluids as governed by Newton's Laws and by the conservation laws of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 231 and 241.

Prereq: A working knowledge of algebra as obtainable in MA 109 or MA 110 or MA 112, or an ACT math score of 25 or above, or an SAT math score of 590 or above, or an SAT2016 math score of 610 or above.

Spring Semester
19 Credit Hours
ASC 362
4
ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

ASC 362

4 credit hours

Fundamental principles of genetics and statistics as applied in selection and mating systems to make genetic improvements in farm animals. Involves traditional discussion of Mendelian, population, and quantitative genetics and their application. Includes development of genetic prediction and introduces genomic techniques for increasing accuracy of prediction.

Prereq: ASC 101, ASC 102, and BIO 152.

ASC 364
4
ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS

ASC 364

4 credit hours

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.

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.

ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

The composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs. The digestive systems, nutritional requirements, formulated rations and economical feeding programs for farm animals. Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

PHY 213
5
PHY 213 - GENERAL PHYSICS

PHY 213

5 credit hours

Continuation of PHY 211, covering electrostatics, de circuits, magnetism, Maxwell’s Equations, electromagnetic radiation, light and some modern physics. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 232 and 242.

Prereq: PHY 211 or equivalent.

UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 39

Fall Semester
9 - 19 Credit Hours
ASC 470
3
ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

ASC 470

3 credit hours

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.

Prereq: Senior standing in Animal Sciences major. Successful completion of GCCR WRD 203 or WRD 204.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
6 - 20 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

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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

Imagine Your Future

Agricultural and Food Scientists

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

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Median Salary

$64,020

per year in 2018

Work Environment

Agricultural and food scientists work in laboratories, in offices, and in the field. Most agricultural and food scientists work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Microbiologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Imagine Your Future

Veterinarians

Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to protect public health.

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Median Salary

$93,830

per year in 2018

Work Environment

Most veterinarians work in private clinics and hospitals. Others travel to farms or work in settings such as laboratories, classrooms, or zoos.

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Imagine Your Future

Sales Managers

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams.

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

Median Salary

$124,220

per year in 2018

Work Environment

Sales managers often are required to travel. Most sales managers work full time, and they often have to work additional hours on evenings and weekends.

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Imagine Your Future

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.

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

Median Salary

$78,470

per year in 2018

Work Environment

Most postsecondary teachers work in public and private colleges and universities, professional schools, and junior or community colleges. Outside of class time, their schedules are generally flexible, and they may spend that time in administrative duties, advising students, and conducting research.

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International Opportunities

Should you choose, you can gain international experience while earning credit towards your Animal Sciences degree. We offer a variety of study, research, intern, and service abroad programs for all budgets and comfort levels. Some Animal Sciences students have even earned grants and scholarships to fully fund their international experiences.

These programs are designed to broaden your mind and introduce you to unfamiliar ways of thinking and living. Ultimately, these experiences will make you a more competitive applicant in the global workforce. 

 

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Join Our Living Learning Program

Named after UK's first female graduate, Belle C. Gunn, this first-year program is open to all University of Kentucky freshmen.  We seek students who, like Gunn, have passion and determination.  Through field trips, professional development workshops, and service programs, we apply student passions to global issues at the intersection of food, economics, and environment.  All students in this program will also enroll in connected courses, share study groups, and have an assigned peer mentor - all to help with the transition to college life. 

While all students will enjoy the same benefits, some events and projects will be geared toward students' preferences and career goals. Depending on interests, each student will join one of the following tracks: 

  • Food & Health 
  • Family & Community 
  • Nature & Landscapes 
  • Livestock & Equine 

 

 

All students participating in our living learning program will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of UK's newest residence halls.  To apply, select the "Agriculture, Food and Environment" living learning program while completing the housing application. For more information, visit the University of Kentucky Housing website