Animal Science, Minor

Program Code: ANSC_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 23-24

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ANSC 201Animal Science4
ANSC 290Careers in Animal Agriculture1
ANSC 301Principles of Animal Nutrition3
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ANSC 207
ANSC 208
Animal Products Technology
and Animal Products Technology Laboratory
or ANSC 300 Integrated Animal Biology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
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
Horse Production and Management
Organic Chemistry I
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of 400-level ANSC courses6

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.


University Park

Robert Mikesell
Minor Coordinator
345 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802

Career Paths

Employers value students who can integrate several fields of study. An Animal Science Minor can supplement various other majors by providing a solid background in the science and management of animals, and could be useful in landing positions in government service, allied animal industry sales (feed, pharmaceuticals, etc.), agricultural finance and credit, industry relations and communications, farm management, and food safety and quality assurance.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate studies have the opportunity to integrate animal science with another subject area. Examples include, but are not limited to, Agronomy, Food Science, and Agricultural Business Management.


University Park

335 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802