The animal science curriculum focuses on the understanding of the life-cycle of companion and production animals, through study of the fundamentals of behavior, growth and development, lactation, genetics and breeding, nutrition and reproduction. The curriculum integrates enterprise management and marketing aspects of the animal industry. In addition to animal management, career options include agribusiness, biotechnology, dairy foods and meat science, pet food and feed industry, marketing, or research. Many students complete their pre-veterinary medicine requirements in the animal science curriculum.
In addition to classroom learning, animal science students gain experience at several teaching farms.