Animal Science Undergraduate Program

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Explore the science and management of animals

This broad major prepares you for the animal-centered career you want.

Make your living with cattle, horses, poultry and other domesticated animals.

Whether you work on the farm, office or in the lab, no day is the same in the animal industry.

Why major in animal science at Missouri State?

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The tools (and animals) are in your hands

Our facilities and labs are among the best in the region. Showcase your talents by joining student clubs and competition teams.

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Receive close guidance and support

Your faculty have connections to the animal industry. They also care about your success. You’ll receive up-to-date training and education along with valuable job leads.

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Gain excellent experience

Preview the animal industry for yourself. You can try cattle ranching, horse training, take field trips and do other service-learning activities while in school.

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Design your degree for your needs

As an animal science major, you can pick nearly one-third of your classes. Whatever you want to focus on – the science of animal care or the business/recreation side – you can have a degree that matches your career goals.

Degree options

Whether you’re a traditional freshman, transfer student or want to add a minor, our program can meet your needs.

Accelerated master’s

Have bigger goals? Go for a master’s degree.

With accelerated options, you can start on a master’s degree as you finish your bachelor’s degree in animal science.

Student and professor vaccinating a horse.
Careers and outcomes
Your degree prepares you for animal agriculture, the pet industry and many other career fields.