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Animal Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #93 (WUR) , MI,
Animal science majors explore advances in animal feeding, breeding, reproduction and management techniques as well as health and welfare of animals. Students complete a set of core courses in breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology and management.

About

As a major, animal science provides flexibility, allowing academic advisors to guide students through a program of study that is consistent with their interests and goals.

Scientific principles of biology and animal science are taught using horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and companion animals. Students apply classroom principles to animal science labs and the teaching and research centers on campus.

Animal science encompasses livestock production, marketing, public affairs, transportation, processing, research, companion animal management and a myriad of allied specialties.

Animal science majors explore advances in animal feeding, breeding, reproduction and management techniques as well as improvements in other agricultural practices. Students start with a strong foundation in science and combine it with a practical experience with agricultural animals. Graduates will be prepared for employment in farm ownership, management, marketing, agribusiness, finance, manufacturing, public relations, Extension, education or consulting. Graduates often attend veterinary medicine or graduate school.

The animal science major provides some flexibility, allowing academic advisors to guide students in the development of a program of study that is consistent with their interests and goals. All students are required to complete a set of core courses in breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology and management. Scientific principles of biology and animal science are taught using horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and companion animals, and students have opportunities to apply these principles in classrooms, animal science laboratories, and the MSU animal science teaching and research centers at the south end of campus.

Students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • The animal industry concentration prepares graduates for careers in marketing, sales, production, animal products and animal management operations.
  • Animal biology/preveterinary is designed for students interested in an advanced degree in animal science or a career in veterinary medicine. The requirements for admission to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine are included in the requirements for this concentration.
  • The companion and exotic animal biology concentration prepares students for careers in small animal nutrition, pet food sales, and captive and small animal management. Students may also use elective credits to complete the preveterinary requirements and apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • The production animal scholars concentration is for students committed to a career in food animal management and medicine. It provides an admissions pathway to production medicine scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introductory Animal Agriculture
  • Professional Development in Animal Science
  • Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition
  • Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
  • Issues in Animal Agriculture
  • Cells and Molecules
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • General Chemistry

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete MSU’s application for admission online, including the required personal statement.
  • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
  • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted).
  • International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    14516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14516 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for East Lansing

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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