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Animal Sciences involves studying and applying the basic principles of physiology, nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of animals: cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine.

 

Food. Fiber. Companionship.

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

  • Animal Enterprises and Production: allows students to focus their studies on animal care and management and allied areas, such as agronomy, accounting, agricultural economics and business to prepare them for careers within the animal agriculture industries
  • Pre-Professional: prepares students for applying to professional schools (such as veterinary, medical, dental or pharmacy), pursuing advanced graduate degrees in animal science related disciplines and seeking careers in research or technical services related to animal production

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.

 

Creating Opportunities

The Animal Sciences major gives students opportunities to apply classroom experiences to research in the field. UK offers state-of-the-art facilities including the 1500-acre C. Oran Little Research Center and Maine Chance Farm where students can get hands-on experience in their area of concentration. Class sizes for Animal Sciences courses are relatively small, perfect for providing students individualized instruction by faculty who incorporate the results of their latest research into coursework. 

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*
  • West Virginia*

*Only applicable to the Animal Industry - Equine emphasis area 

List accurate as of Oct 2023 and 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. 

 

 

 

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Anml Entrprs &Prd 120 - 128 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30 - 32

Fall Semester
15 - 17 Credit Hours
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.

ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

Introduction to the biological principles of animal sciences with emphasis on anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, and breeding and genetics of livestock, poultry, and horses.

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 104
3
CHE 104 - INTRODUCTORY GENERAL CHEMISTRY

CHE 104

3 credit hours

A study of general principles, including laws of definite and multiple proportions, stoichiometry, gases, electronic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, oxidation-reduction, chemical equilibrium and acids/ bases. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 105 and CHE 107. Not recommended for students seeking careers in science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy or dentistry for which the recommended sequence is CHE 105/107

Prereq: Credit for MA 111, or Math ACT score above 20, or ALEKS Math Placement above 45.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
MA 109
3 - 5
MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

MA 109

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 - 5 credit hours

MA 109 covers selected topics in algebra, such as a review of high school algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. In particular, the course will cover solving equations (linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), graphing on the Cartesian coordinate system (with special emphasis on lines and their slope), solving systems of linear equations (with substitution and elimination), using technology such as graphing calculators, solving applied problems, and general functions (with emphasis on exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions). 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 grade of B or better in MA 111, OR appropriate score on math placement exam, OR consent of department.

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 108
3
CHE 108 - INTRODUCTION TO INORGANIC, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY WITHOUT LABORATORY

CHE 108

3 credit hours

Formally a continuation of CHE 104, a study of selected aspects of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry including the chemistry of metals and nonmetals, basic organic functional groups, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. Not recommended for students seeking careers in medicine, pharmacy, science, dentistry, and engineering for which the recommended sequence is CHE 105/107

Prereq: CHE 104 or CHE 105.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

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 25 or Math SAT 590 or HS GPA of 3.6 or MA 109 or BIO 155 grade of B or better, or permission of instructor.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
Specialty Support Business Elective
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
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.

WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
Free Elective
3
Specialty Support Business Elective
3
UK Core - Humanities
3

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 29 - 33

Fall Semester
14 - 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. Extends to include DNA testing for single gene traits and parentage, the development and use of large-scale genetic evaluations, and application of genomic testing as a means of increasing accuracy in prediction of genetic merit.

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

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 378

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of nutrition for livestock and poultry, including the study of nutrients, their classification, function, and deficiency symptoms. Includes the digestive and absorptive processes that nutrient undergo in the gastrointestinal tracts as well as the post absorptive use of the nutrient as it relates to ruminant and non-ruminant animals.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 108 or CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 3
Specialty Support Course
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.

ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

Application of animal nutritional requirements and the chemical composition of common feedstuffs to the development of feeding programs for livestock, poultry, and horses.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Free Elective
3
Specialty Support Course
3

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 28 - 32

Fall Semester
14 - 16 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Specialty Support Course
3
Spring Semester
14 - 16 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 scientific 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
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Specialty Support Course
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) - PPR - CHE 105 120 - 124 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 28 - 30

Fall Semester
14 - 16 Credit Hours
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.

ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

Introduction to the biological principles of animal sciences with emphasis on anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, and breeding and genetics of livestock, poultry, and horses.

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**

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

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.

MA 109
3 - 5
MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

MA 109

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 - 5 credit hours

MA 109 covers selected topics in algebra, such as a review of high school algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. In particular, the course will cover solving equations (linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), graphing on the Cartesian coordinate system (with special emphasis on lines and their slope), solving systems of linear equations (with substitution and elimination), using technology such as graphing calculators, solving applied problems, and general functions (with emphasis on exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions). 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 grade of B or better in MA 111, OR appropriate score on math placement exam, OR consent of department.

Spring Semester
14 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. I
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

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 25 or Math SAT 590 or HS GPA of 3.6 or MA 109 or BIO 155 grade of B or better, or permission of instructor.

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 - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Spring Semester
16 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 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.

WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
UK Core - Humanities
3

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 29 - 31

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

ASC 378

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of nutrition for livestock and poultry, including the study of nutrients, their classification, function, and deficiency symptoms. Includes the digestive and absorptive processes that nutrient undergo in the gastrointestinal tracts as well as the post absorptive use of the nutrient as it relates to ruminant and non-ruminant animals.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 108 or 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 or BIO 198, CHE 107, CHE 113, or permission of instructor.

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
14 - 16 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. Extends to include DNA testing for single gene traits and parentage, the development and use of large-scale genetic evaluations, and application of genomic testing as a means of increasing accuracy in prediction of genetic merit.

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.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
Specialty Support Electives
3 - 5

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 25 - 33

Fall Semester
12 - 16 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 scientific 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
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 3
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
3
Spring Semester
13 - 17 Credit Hours
ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

Application of animal nutritional requirements and the chemical composition of common feedstuffs to the development of feeding programs for livestock, poultry, and horses.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Free Elective
3
Free Elective
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) - PPR - CHE 109 120 - 128 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 31 - 33

Fall Semester
15 - 17 Credit Hours
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.

ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

Introduction to the biological principles of animal sciences with emphasis on anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, and breeding and genetics of livestock, poultry, and horses.

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
MA 109
3 - 5
MA 109 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

MA 109

**UK Core - Quantitative Foundations**

3 - 5 credit hours

MA 109 covers selected topics in algebra, such as a review of high school algebra, quadratic formula, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions and graphing. In particular, the course will cover solving equations (linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic), graphing on the Cartesian coordinate system (with special emphasis on lines and their slope), solving systems of linear equations (with substitution and elimination), using technology such as graphing calculators, solving applied problems, and general functions (with emphasis on exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions). 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 grade of B or better in MA 111, OR appropriate score on math placement exam, OR consent of department.

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.

CHE 109
4
CHE 109 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1A

CHE 109

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
STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
15 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 25 or Math SAT 590 or HS GPA of 3.6 or MA 109 or BIO 155 grade of B or better, or permission of instructor.

CHE 110
4
CHE 110 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1B

CHE 110

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

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 - Arts and Creativity
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Spring 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.

WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
Free Elective
3

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 30 - 32

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. Extends to include DNA testing for single gene traits and parentage, the development and use of large-scale genetic evaluations, and application of genomic testing as a means of increasing accuracy in prediction of genetic merit.

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

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.

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
14 - 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.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
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 or BIO 198, CHE 107, CHE 113, or permission of instructor.

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.

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 26 - 34

Fall Semester
12 - 18 Credit Hours
ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 378

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of nutrition for livestock and poultry, including the study of nutrients, their classification, function, and deficiency symptoms. Includes the digestive and absorptive processes that nutrient undergo in the gastrointestinal tracts as well as the post absorptive use of the nutrient as it relates to ruminant and non-ruminant animals.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 108 or CHE 230 or CHE 236.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 3
Free Elective
3
Specialty Support Electives
3 - 5
Spring Semester
14 - 16 Credit Hours
ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

Application of animal nutritional requirements and the chemical composition of common feedstuffs to the development of feeding programs for livestock, poultry, and horses.

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 scientific 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
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. With one of the largest college-based scholarship programs, we awarded nearly $1 million to our students during the 2022-23 academic year. 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 scholarship application is now open and will close on January 16, 2024.

For CAFE transfer students and current students, the scholarship application opens in January and will close on March 1.

Freshmen Housing Program

Live where you learn: 

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

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. 

Click here for more information on the CAFE LLP. 

 

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

$76,400

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

35,400

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

2,100

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

$119,100

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

89,500

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

17,700

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

$135,160

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

554,700

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

22,500

new jobs (average)