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Animal Science: General Animal Science (Bachelor of Science)


Domestic animals play a major role in our lives through agriculture, recreation, biomedical science, and companionship. The mission of the Department of Animal Science is to provide a high quality, broad-based education emphasizing domestic animals and their interactions with humans. Our graduates enter veterinary or other professional schools, pursue careers in biomedical science, agribusiness, companion animal care and breeding, zoos and aquaria, or education. To provide the necessary flexibility to achieve this diversity, students work closely with faculty advisors to individualize their programs.

To advance our pre-veterinary program, the Department of Animal Science has established, with Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, and Massey University Veterinary School in New Zealand, highly competitive programs for early acceptance/guaranteed admission to these veterinary colleges. For further information on these options contact the Department of Animal Science directly at (802) 656-0155 or e-mail

For students interested in dairy production, the FARMS program (UVM/VTC Dairy Farm Management 2 + 2 Program) provides Vermont residents with scholarships and the opportunity to earn a B.S. after a two-year Associate's Degree in Dairy Farm Management from the Vermont Technical College.

An option for the outstanding student with an interest in a graduate degree is the Accelerated Master's in which students commence study for their master’s degree in their senior year and have the potential to obtain a B.S. and M.S. in a five-year period.

The Department of Animal Science actively encourages participation in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad. By combining classroom, laboratory, and practical experience students maximize their performance in a friendly environment and develop responsibility for and control over their education.

The Animal Science program deals with a range of options from basic sciences through companion and zoo animal care to farm management.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Under this concentration, students design a program to suit their needs, or pursue a broader-based program to meet a particular career goal. For example, this option is often used by students who have an interest in human/animal interactions, animal welfare, and zoo animals. The student and advisor select a combination of basic science, production, or companion animal courses and balance these with courses available elsewhere in the College or University. An internship experience is highly recommended.


The following is a possible curriculum.

First Year
Course Credits
CALS 001 & CALS 002 - Foundations 6
ASCI 001 - Introductory Animal Sciences 4
ENGS 001 - Written Expression 3
Biology 4
Organic Chemistry 4
Inorganic Chemistry 4
Mathematics 3
Diversity Elective 3
General Elective1 0-3
Total 31-34
Sophomore Year
Course Credits
ASCI 043 - Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
ASCI 110 - Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding 4
ASCI 141 - Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals 4
ASCI 171 - Zoos, Exotics & Endang Species 3
WFB 174 - Prin of Wildlife Management 3
Biology 4
Environmental Biology 3
Statistics 3
Physical Education Elective 1
General Electives1 3-8
Total 31-36
Junior Year
Course Credits
ASCI 118 - Appl Animal Health 3
ASCI 122 - Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare 3
ASCI 154 - Dog Training and Behavior 3
ASCI 272 - Adv Top:Zoo,Exotic,Endang Spec 3
ASCI 281 - Animal Sciences Career Seminar 1
PSYC 109 - Psychology Research Methods I 4
WFB 130 - Ornithology 3
WFB 273 - Terrestrial Wildlife 3
Physical Education Elective 1
Diversity Elective 3
General Electives1 6-9
Total 33-36
Senior Year
Course Credits
ASCI 195/ASCI 196 - Field Experience 12
ASCI 215 - Physiology of Reproduction 4
ASCI 216 - Endocrinology 3
ASCI 263 - Clin Top:Companion Animal Med 3
PSYC 220 - Animal Behavior 3
General Electives1 5-11
Total 30-36
1 Include courses to meet college requirements and advanced courses for specific options.