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Overview
Animal science is concerned with the science, art and business of the production of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, goats, swine and pet/companion animals. An animal scientist is concerned with the application of the principles of the biological, physical and social sciences to the problems associated with domestic animal production and management.

Animal science is also concerned with food production. The food industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the United States. Food scientists are concerned with the processing, safety, quality control and marketing of food.

Undergraduate students may elect to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in the department by majoring in either animal science or food science. Internship programs providing three to six months of off-campus work experience are available in all animal science options and are part of the curriculum for food science. Participation in undergraduate organizations (Animal Science Leadership Alliance, Block and Bridle, Dairy Science, Horsemen's Association, Food Industry, Meat Science Association, Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlewomen, Oklahoma Collegiate Cattlemen, Pre-Club) judging teams (livestock, meats, horses, or dairy cattle) and academic programs (honors, undergraduate research scholars, and academic quadrathalon) improves social, communication, leadership and academic skills and abilities.

Undergraduate students may elect study emphasis programs in the areas of animal biotechnology, business, international, livestock merchandising, pre-veterinary animal science, production, and ranch operations, or a double major with agricultural communications or with agricultural education. In addition, students have the opportunity to concentrate their studies on one or more animal species.

Students interested in veterinary medicine may complete the pre-veterinary medicine requirements at the same time they are working toward a BS degree in animal science. In addition, pre-vet students gain valuable insight into the care and management of animals throughout the animal science curriculum.

Undergraduate students follow a similar curriculum during the first two years which includes basic courses in the physical, biological and social sciences, and a series of introductory courses in agriculture and business. Upper-class students take a basic core of advanced animal science courses, including genetics, physiology, and nutrition. As seniors, students complete a series of advanced animal science courses which are designed to apply knowledge obtained in previous courses to livestock systems. Every opportunity is taken in teaching to utilize the excellent herds and flocks owned or operated by the department.

Students completing a degree with a major in animal science have a wide choice of challenging careers, including ownership or management of farms, ranches, feedlots; employment with state and federal agencies concerned with inspection, grading or regulation; banking and financial activities, sales and service positions with companies involved with feeds, pharmaceuticals or other animal products; biotechnology; opportunities in agricultural extension or teaching; and work in the processing, distributing and merchandising of dairy, poultry and meat products.

Available Options
& Agricultural Communications, B.S.A.G.
Agricultural Education, B.S.A.G.
- Animal Biotechnology, B.S.A.G.
- Business, B.S.A.G.
- International, B.S.A.G.
- Livestock Merchandising, B.S.A.G.
- Pre-Veterinary Animal Science, B.S.A.G.
- Production, B.S.A.G.
- Ranch Operations, B.S.A.G.


Occupations
Animal Breeders
Farmers and Ranchers
Veterinarians
Veterinary Assistants and Lab Animal Caretakers
Life Scientists

Industries
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Food Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $93,000 |
Ave: $35,859 |
Med: $34,250 |
Min: $16,000


Employers
24-7 Telacom
AAIPharma
All Pets Veterinary
AT&T
Benchmark Animal Hospital
Blue ridge Animal Clinic
Butler's Lawn Care and Landscaping
C&H Farms
Cactus Feeders
Cherokee High School
Chesapeake Energy
Child Protective Services
Colette N Flaharty
Derrel S. White, CPA
Dish Network
Dow Agro Sciences
Edward Jones Financial Services
Enid New Holland & Kubota
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Farm Journal Media
Farmers Insurance group
Farmland Foods
Fastenal
Five Rivers Feeders
Frontier Farm Credit
Halliburton
James Cashbaugh
JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding
Joplin Regional Stockyards
Lextron Animal Health
Liberty National Bank
Mac Systems, Inc.
Marlow Vet Clinic
MCS Auctions
Mike Graves
Mitchell Ranches
Murphy-Hoffman Company
Oilton Public Schools
OK Cattlemen Association
Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Oklahoma State University
P & K Equipment
Paradise 4 Paws
Pinto Horse Association of America
Prairiedale Energy
Representative Frank D. Lucas
Richard & Eddie Robinson
Roberts Ranch of Oklahoma
Seaboard Foods
Seldom Rest Farms
Stillwater Milling Co
Texas Farm
The Williams Clinic
Tiger Safari
Transwest Truck Trailer RV
Tyson Foods
United States Army
University and Community Federal Credit Union
Welch State Bank
Williams Energy

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