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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.

Join us for our upcoming Animal Sciences on-the-farm open house on Friday, October 14 at 5:00pm.
Learn more and register here.

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, therapeutics, 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 tuition rates: 

  • Delaware*
  • Georgia*
  • West Virginia*

*Only applicable to the Animal Industry - Equine emphasis area 

These agreements are subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date 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) - AIN - MA 109 120 - 124 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30

Fall Semester
15 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
AFE 100
3
AFE 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

AFE 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.

MA 109
3
MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

MA 109

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 credit hours

Selected topics in algebra. Develops manipulative algebraic skills and mathematical reasoning required for further study in mathematics and use in mathematical modeling. Includes brief review of basic algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. This course is not available for credit to persons who have received credit in any mathematics course of a higher number with the exceptions of MA 111, 112, 123, 162, 201 and 202. Credit not available on the basis of special examination.

Prereq: Two years of high school algebra and a Math ACT score of 21 or above or a Math SAT score of 510 or above or a Math SAT2016 score of 540 or above; or UK 096; or appropriate MathIndex; or grade of B or better in MA 111. Math placement test recommended.

UK Core - Humanities
3
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.

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.

CHE 109
4
CHE 109 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1A

CHE 109

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 110 and CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their applications to pure and mixed substances. The two-semester CHE 109/110 sequence covers the same material as CHE 105.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above, B or better in MA 109, C or better in MA 123, or equivalent math placement score.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
MA 123
4
MA 123 - ELEMENTARY CALCULUS AND ITS APPLICATIONS

MA 123

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

4 credit hours

An introduction to differential and integral calculus, with applications to business and the biological and physical sciences. Not open to students who have credit in MA 113 or MA 137. Note: Math placement test recommended. Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department.

Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or Math SAT2016 of 620 or above, or a grade of C or better in MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department. Note: Math placement test recommended.

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 30

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
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 110
4
CHE 110 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1B

CHE 110

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 109 and CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 109; CHE 109 and 110 are equivalent to CHE 105.

Prereq: CHE 109 with grade C or better.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 109 and CHE 110 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.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Free Elective
1
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - INTRODUCTORY 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 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.

WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
Free Elective
1

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 31 - 33

Fall Semester
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.

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.

UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
15 - 17 Credit Hours
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 Production Course
2 - 4
CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
Specialty Support
3
Specialty Support
3

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 28 - 31

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

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
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
13 - 16 Credit Hours
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.

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.

Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Specialty Support
3
Specialty Support
3

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) - AIN - MA 111 120 - 126 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 31 - 32

Fall Semester
15 - 16 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.

MA 111
3 - 4
MA 111 - INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS

MA 111

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 - 4 credit hours

An introduction to concepts and applications of mathematics, with examples drawn from such areas as voting methods, apportionment, consumer finance, graph theory, tilings, polyhedra, number theory, and game theory. This course is not available for credit to persons who have received credit in any mathematics course of a higher number with the exceptions of MA 112, 123, 162, 201 and 202. This course does not serve as a prerequisite for any calculus course. Credit not available on the basis of special examination.

Prereq: Two years of high school algebra and a Math ACT score of 19 or above, or MA 108R, or math placement test.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
AFE 100
3
AFE 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

AFE 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 - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
16 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.

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.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
MA 109
3
MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

MA 109

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 credit hours

Selected topics in algebra. Develops manipulative algebraic skills and mathematical reasoning required for further study in mathematics and use in mathematical modeling. Includes brief review of basic algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. This course is not available for credit to persons who have received credit in any mathematics course of a higher number with the exceptions of MA 111, 112, 123, 162, 201 and 202. Credit not available on the basis of special examination.

Prereq: Two years of high school algebra and a Math ACT score of 21 or above or a Math SAT score of 510 or above or a Math SAT2016 score of 540 or above; or UK 096; or appropriate MathIndex; or grade of B or better in MA 111. Math placement test recommended.

UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
CHE 109
4
CHE 109 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1A

CHE 109

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 110 and CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their applications to pure and mixed substances. The two-semester CHE 109/110 sequence covers the same material as CHE 105.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above, B or better in MA 109, C or better in MA 123, or equivalent math placement score.

MA 123
4
MA 123 - ELEMENTARY CALCULUS AND ITS APPLICATIONS

MA 123

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

4 credit hours

An introduction to differential and integral calculus, with applications to business and the biological and physical sciences. Not open to students who have credit in MA 113 or MA 137. Note: Math placement test recommended. Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department.

Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or Math SAT2016 of 620 or above, or a grade of C or better in MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department. Note: Math placement test recommended.

UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
1
Spring Semester
14 Credit Hours
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 110
4
CHE 110 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1B

CHE 110

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 109 and CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 109; CHE 109 and 110 are equivalent to CHE 105.

Prereq: CHE 109 with grade C or better.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 109 and CHE 110 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.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 29 - 31

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - INTRODUCTORY 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 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.

Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
15 - 17 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.

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 Production Course
2 - 4
CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
Specialty Support
3

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 27 - 34

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
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 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

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
Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
11 - 18 Credit Hours
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.

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.

Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 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) - AIN - MA 123 120 - 123 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.

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 25 or above, C or better in MA 110, or equivalent math placement scores.

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.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
AFE 100
3
AFE 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

AFE 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.

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
4
MA 123 - ELEMENTARY CALCULUS AND ITS APPLICATIONS

MA 123

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

4 credit hours

An introduction to differential and integral calculus, with applications to business and the biological and physical sciences. Not open to students who have credit in MA 113 or MA 137. Note: Math placement test recommended. Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department.

Prereq: Math ACT score of 26 or above, or Math SAT of 600 or above, or Math SAT2016 of 620 or above, or a grade of C or better in MA 109, or appropriate math placement score, or consent of department. Note: Math placement test recommended.

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 - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Specialty Support
3
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - INTRODUCTORY 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 230 or CHE 236
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
Specialty Support
3

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 29

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.

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

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.

UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
14 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.

Specialty Support
3
Free Elective
3

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 25 - 34

Fall Semester
13 - 17 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
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
12 - 17 Credit Hours
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.

Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3

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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 (CAFE). 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. 

For CAFE first-semester freshmen, the application opens on Thursday, October 6 and the deadline will be Tuesday, January 17, 2022. 

For CAFE transfer students and current students, the scholarship application opens Tuesday, January 3, and the deadline will be Wednesday, March 1, 2022.

Living Learning Program

Live where you learn: 

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Living Learning Program (CAFE LLP) is open to all first-semester freshmen at the University of Kentucky.

All students participating in our living learning program will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of the University's newest residence halls

Through field trips, professional development workshops and service programs, students in our LLP apply their knowledge and passion 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

To apply, select the "CAFE LLP" while completing the University of Kentucky 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

$68,830

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

34,800

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

2,000

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

$99,250

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

89,200

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

14,200

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

$132,290

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

433,800

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

15,400

new jobs (average)