Animal Science, B.S.

Program Code: ANSC_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-13
Requirements for the Major 90-100

18-24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 0-3 credits of GA courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3-6 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Courses taken as common requirements can not be used to meet requirements within the option.

Prescribed Courses
ANSC 100Introduction to Animal Industries Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 290Careers in Animal Agriculture1
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
BMB 211Elementary Biochemistry3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ANSC 201Animal Science4
ANSC 207Animal Products Technology2
ANSC 208Animal Products Technology Laboratory1
ANSC 300Integrated Animal Biology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANSC 301Principles of Animal Nutrition3
Additional Courses
AGBM 101Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
ANSC 322Animal Genetics and Selection3
or BIOL 222 Genetics
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
Select 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Select 3-4 credits from the following:
College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Select 2-4 credits from the following:
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus II Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Companion Animal Nutrition
Swine Production and Management
Sheep and Goat Production and Management
Beef Cattle Production and Management
Dairy Cattle Production and Management
Poultry Production and Management
Small Animal Health and Disease
Value Determination of Meat Animals
Horse Production and Management
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3-5 credits in communication skills courses from department list 13-5
Requirements for the Option
Select an option43-46

Requirements for the Option

Business and Management Option (43-45 credits)
Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
Additional Courses
MICRB 106
MICRB 107
Elementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Elementary Microbiology Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
4-5
or MICRB 201
MICRB 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Economics of the Food System
Marketing
Principles of Marketing
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Agricultural Business Management
Survey of Management
Management and Organization
Basic Management Concepts
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology
Comparative Physiology of Domestic Animals
Milk Secretion
Physiology of Animal Reproduction
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 23 credits from department list (at least 9 credits of business, 9 credits of production courses, and 5 credits of either business or production courses) 123
Science Option (42-46 credits)
Prescribed Courses
ANSC 423Comparative Physiology of Domestic Animals3
ANSC 431Physiology of Animal Reproduction4
BMB 212Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory1
BMB 221Applied Biochemistry2
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
PHYS 250Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Select 3-5 credits from the following:3-5
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II
and Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Principles of Crop Management
Introduction to Avian Biology
Introduction to Animal Biotechnology
Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 5-7 credits of 400-level courses from department list 15-7

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates from the Animal Science major will be able to:

  1. Actively and effectively discuss complex animal agriculture issues including:
    1. the economic, environmental, animal welfare and societal impacts of animal production at both local and global levels.
    2. the role of science in informing debates in animal agriculture.
  2. Locate, critically evaluate, and apply information related to animal science from scientific literature and other resources.
  3. Communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of audiences in both written and oral formats.
  4. Apply comprehensive knowledge from areas in animal science including genetics, reproduction, behavior, nutrition, animal products, husbandry and business/farm management.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Rachel Cloninger
Animal Science Advising Coordinator
346 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-4198
rle5000@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Business AND ANIMAL Management Option: Animal Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3AGBM 101 or ECON 102†13
BIOL 1104CHEM 101, 110, or 1303
MATH 21, 22, 26, 41, 110, or 140‡†3-4ANSC 1003
General Education Course 3CMPSC 101, 203, MATH 22, MATH 111, MATH 141, STAT 200, or STAT 250‡†2-4
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
 14-17 14-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 2901ANSC 201*4
ANSC 207*2ACCTG 2114
ANSC 208*1AGBM 200, BA 304, or MGMT 3013
MICRB 106 or 2013General Education Course3
MICRB 107 or 2021-2Communication Skills selection23
AGBM 102, BA 303, or MKTG 3013 
CHEM 2023 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 15.5-16.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 301*3ANSC 300*3
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3
ANSC 322 or BIOL 2223CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
BMB 2113Supporting Course33
General Education Course3Supporting Course33
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 420, 423, 427, or 4313-4Supporting Course33
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†43Supporting Course33
Supporting Course33Supporting Course33
Supporting Course33Supporting Course 32
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 18-19 15.5
Total Credits 124-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Science Option: Animal Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3AGBM 101 or ECON 1023
CHEM 1103CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 21, 22, 26, 41, 110, or 140‡†13-4ANSC 1003
General Education Course3CMPSC 101, 203, MATH 22, MATH 111, MATH 141, STAT 200, or STAT 250‡†2-4
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
 14-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 1104ANSC 201*4
ANSC 2901BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
ANSC 207*2CHEM 203 or 212 and 21323-5
ANSC 208*1AGRO 28, SOILS 101, ANSC 211, or ANSC 2133
CHEM 202 or 2103General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
General Education Course3 
 15.5 17-19
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 301*3ANSC 300*3
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4MICRB 2013
ANSC 322, BIOL 133, or BIOL 2223MICRB 2022
BMB 2113BMB 2212
BMB 2121PHYS 2504
CAS 100‡†3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16-17 15.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4ANSC 4233
ANSC 4314Supporting Course53
ENGL 202C‡†33Supporting Course53
Elective43Communication Skills Selection63
General Education Course3Elective3
 16-17 15
Total Credits 124-133

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Business AND ANIMAL Management Option: Animal Science, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3AGBM 101 or ECON 102†13
BIOL 1104CHEM 101, 110, or 1303
MATH 21, 22, 26, 41, 110, or 140‡†3-4ANSC 1003
General Education Course 3CMPSC 101, 203, MATH 22, MATH 111, MATH 141, STAT 200, or STAT 250‡†2-4
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
 14-17 14-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MICRB 106 or 2013ANSC 201*4
General Education Course3ACCTG 2114
MICRB 107 or 2021-2AGBM 200, BA 304, or MGMT 3013
AGBM 102, BA 303, or MKTG 3013General Education Course3
CHEM 2023Communication Skills selection23
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 14.5-15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 301*3ANSC 300*3
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3
ANSC 322 or BIOL 2223CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
BMB 2113Supporting Course33
ANSC 2901Supporting Course33
ANSC 207*2 
ANSC 208*1 
 16-17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 420, 423, 427, or 4313-4Supporting Course33
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D‡†43Supporting Course33
Supporting Course33Supporting Course33
Supporting Course33Supporing Course 32
Elective3Elective3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 18-19 15.5
Total Credits 124-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Science Option: Animal Science, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3AGBM 101 or ECON 1023
CHEM 1103CHEM 1123
CHEM 1111CHEM 1131
MATH 21, 22, 26, 41, 110, or 140‡†13-4ANSC 1003
General Education Course3CMPSC 101, 203, MATH 22, MATH 111, MATH 141, STAT 200, or STAT 250‡†3
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
 14-17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 1104ANSC 201*4
CHEM 202 or 2103BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
PHYS 2504CHEM 203 or 212 and 21323-5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5AGRO 28, SOILS 101, ANSC 211, or ANSC 2133
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15.5 17-19
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 301*3ANSC 300*3
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4MICRB 2013
BMB 2113MICRB 2022
BMB 2121BMB 2212
ANSC 2901CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
ANSC 207*2General Education (GHW)1.5
ANSC 208*1 
ANSC 322 or BIOL 2223 
 17-18 14.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANSC 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 315, 324, or 327*3-4ANSC 4233
ANSC 4314Supporting Course53
ENGL 202C‡†33Supporting Course53
Elective43Communication Skills Selection63
General Education Course3Elective3
 16-17 15
Total Credits 125-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Science Option graduates enter careers in biomedical or agricultural research, food safety, technical service, vivarium management, and government service. Business/Management Option graduates find careers in allied industry sales (feed, pharmaceuticals, etc.); agricultural finance and credit; industry relations and communications; farm management; animal caretaking at zoos and shelters; and food safety and quality assurance.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

  • Veterinary or other life science professional school
  • Graduate studies in multiple fields of biological and life sciences (genetics, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, physiology, and health)
  • Graduate studies in production and management of domestic food animal species
  • Graduate studies in food product production and safety
  • Graduate studies in linked agricultural fields (agricultural business management, agronomy, agricultural education, etc.)

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
335 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-983-3665
AskDAS@psu.edu

http://animalscience.psu.edu