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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.

Like your friends four-legged?

Based upon interests and career goals, Animal Sciences students choose one of three focus areas: 

  • Animal Industry: for students interested in animal production and management for livestock, equine or dairy 
  • Food Industry: provides an emphasis on food processing, chemistry, and safety 
  • Pre-Professional: a rigorous study program for students with interests in veterinary sciences, human medicine, and graduate research

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 
  • Dairy Food & Meat Science Industry
  • Extension & Education
  • Government Agencies
  • Research & Laboratories
  • Veterinary Medicine*
  • Zoos, Clinics, and Animal Preserves

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

 

Did you know?

Our college is home to the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, one of the busiest diagnostic laboratories in North America with over 50,000 case submissions each year. There, our faculty and students research a variety of issues in animal-related infectious diseases, toxicology, musculoskeletal injuries, theraputics and more.


In-State Tuition

Thanks to special agreements through the Academic Common Market, residents from the following states may enroll in the University of Kentucky Animal Sciences program at in-state tution rates: 

  • Delaware*
  • Georgia*
  • West Virginia*

*Only applicable to the Animal Industry - Equine emphasis area 

For more information on the Academic Common Market, click here


Come See for Yourself 

To learn more about this program, campus life, and chat with an advisor, schedule a campus visit. Virtual visits may be necessary in some cases. 


 


 

 

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

How do farmers in Kentucky impact families in California? How can the fashion industry curb the amount of plastic in our oceans? How does fast food affect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico? Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a relationship with agriculture, food and the environment. From race and gender, diet and lifestyles, tourism and evolving technologies, this course encourages you to recognize and think critically about the interconnected systems that affect all human life. By addressing these challenges, you will develop a greater appreciation for how you can positively impact our planet.

Prereq: This course is open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment or those in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Residential College's Belle C. Gunn Living Learning Program. Freshman 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

An exploration of career opportunities available in the Animal Sciences. Students will investigate and evaluate potential careers from a wide range of professions and industries. By the end of the course, students will have prepared a resume suitable for use in applying for internships or jobs in the Animal Sciences.

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.

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.

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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Animal Sciences (BS) - Animal Industry 120 - 124 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

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

How do farmers in Kentucky impact families in California? How can the fashion industry curb the amount of plastic in our oceans? How does fast food affect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico? Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a relationship with agriculture, food and the environment. From race and gender, diet and lifestyles, tourism and evolving technologies, this course encourages you to recognize and think critically about the interconnected systems that affect all human life. By addressing these challenges, you will develop a greater appreciation for how you can positively impact our planet.

Prereq: This course is open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment or those in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Residential College's Belle C. Gunn Living Learning Program. Freshman 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 : 31

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

ASC 205

1 credit hours

An exploration of career opportunities available in the Animal Sciences. Students will investigate and evaluate potential careers from a wide range of professions and industries. By the end of the course, students will have prepared a resume suitable for use in applying for internships or jobs in the Animal Sciences.

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.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Specialty Support
3
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
Specialty Support
3
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.

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 28 - 34

Fall Semester
13 - 16 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.

Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
15 - 18 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.

Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 30

Fall Semester
11 - 18 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
Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
4 - 12 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Animal Sciences (BS) - Food Industry 120 - 125 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

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

3 credit hours

How do farmers in Kentucky impact families in California? How can the fashion industry curb the amount of plastic in our oceans? How does fast food affect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico? Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a relationship with agriculture, food and the environment. From race and gender, diet and lifestyles, tourism and evolving technologies, this course encourages you to recognize and think critically about the interconnected systems that affect all human life. By addressing these challenges, you will develop a greater appreciation for how you can positively impact our planet.

Prereq: This course is open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment or those in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Residential College's Belle C. Gunn Living Learning Program. Freshman only in Fall semesters and transfer students only in Spring semesters.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 31

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

ASC 205

1 credit hours

An exploration of career opportunities available in the Animal Sciences. Students will investigate and evaluate potential careers from a wide range of professions and industries. By the end of the course, students will have prepared a resume suitable for use in applying for internships or jobs in the Animal Sciences.

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.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
15 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.

FSC 107
3
FSC 107 - INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SCIENCE

FSC 107

3 credit hours

A general basic food science course that deals with world food needs and available food supplies, types of food and nutritive values and use, food processing technology and distribution methods.

CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 32 - 35

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
ASC 300
4
ASC 300 - MEAT SCIENCE

ASC 300

4 credit hours

A historical perspective of the meat industry together with major changes in body type and composition in both the live animal and its end product meat. Students will evaluate live market animals (swine, cattle, sheep), harvest the market animals, and follow their carcasses and cuts through fabrication and distribution channels. Major topics of discussion will focus on growth and development, inspection, grading, physical and chemical composition of meat and postmortem changes that affect meat quality. Additional information will cover meat marketing trends, nutrition, meat cookery, meat selection, health issues and consumer information. Prereq: ASC 101 and ASC 102.

Prereq: ASC 101 and ASC 102 or ASC 382.

ASC 325
3
ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ASC 325

*Class only offered in Fall.

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.

Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Spring Semester
16 - 19 Credit Hours
ASC 362
4
ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

ASC 362

**Class only offered in Spring.

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

**Class only offered in Spring.

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.

FSC 304
4
FSC 304 - Principles of red meat, poultry, fish and dairy processing; physical and chemical composition and nutritive value of meat, dairy and egg products; structure and identification of muscle; inspection, grading, formulation, processing and preservation methods; organoleptic properties and consumer acceptance of processed meat, dairy, and egg products. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

FSC 304

4 credit hours

Principles of red meat, poultry, fish and dairy processing; physical and chemical composition and nutritive value of meat, dairy and egg products; structure and identification of muscle; inspection, grading, formulation, processing and preservation methods; organoleptic properties and consumer acceptance of processed meat, dairy, and egg products. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

Prereq: FSC 107.

Elective
1 - 4

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 30

Fall Semester
11 - 18 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
Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
4 - 12 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

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Apply for Our Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of awards from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With one of the largest college-based scholarship programs, we have awarded more than $3 million over the past four years. These awards are based on a variety of criteria such as hometown, major, career goals, high school extracurriculars, and more. 

The deadline to apply is December 1 January 15 for first-semester freshmen (extended for 2021-22 freshmen) and January 31 for current students and transfer students. For more information, click here

Miss the deadline? Need more funding? Browse other local, state, and national scholarships in our online college scholarship library

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

 

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 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. 

Pre-Med? Pre-Vet? Pre-Law?

Each year, many of our graduates attend professional schools in areas such as veterinary medicine, law, pharmacy, dentistry, and more. If you are interested in pursuing a similar path, we offer pre-professional advising services. 

Our pre-professional advisors will assist you with: 

  • Listing required courses for respective professional schools 
  • Scheduling pre-professional courses alongside your major requirements 
  • Suggesting supplemental coursework 
  • Connections to student organizations, volunteer work, shadowing experiences, etc.
  • Preparatory information for admission tests
  • Navigating the application process

Click here for more information.

Clubs & Organizations

Students can join organizations and clubs to learn outside the classroom, gain valuable work experience and develop their leadership skills. Many of our Animal Sciences students are involved in:

Block and Bridle
whether new or experienced, learn about the livestock industry while showing university livestock

Dairy Club
experience the dairy industry alongside cows and professionals, network while travelling to national dairy events

Pre-Vet Club
utilized as a connection point for students to plan and prepare for veterinary school as a collective group

Learn more about Clubs & Organizations in our college.


Imagine Your Future

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

$64,020

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

35,600

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

2,300

new jobs (average)


Imagine Your Future

Veterinarians

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

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

Median Salary

$93,830

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

84,500

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

15,600

new jobs (average)


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

Number of Jobs

405,700

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

20,600

new jobs (average)