Department of Animal Sciences

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Undergraduate Programs of Study

  • Animal Science (major, minor)
  • Equine Science (major, minor)
  • Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (minor)
  • Large Animal Veterinary Technology (minor for Veterinary Technology majors)
  • Veterinary Technology (major)

Graduate Programs of Study

  • Animal Science

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
  • Master of Science Degree (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department Description

The mission of the NDSU Department of Animal Sciences is to generate and share knowledge about the health and welfare of animals, the products they produce, and the roles they play in improving human lives. Each of the three major program areas are based on the same fundamental principles—biology and husbandry of animals—but each offer students an opportunity to focus their individual interests.

The faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with up-to-date information regarding the latest techniques in animal husbandry, welfare, production, business, biology, communication, nursing, training, and meat science. Besides taking courses, students have the opportunity to obtain specific skills and develop contacts during internships in industry or research.

Pre-veterinary school course work: Necessary coursework for meeting entrance requirements of veterinary schools can be taken while majoring in Animal Science or Equine Science. Working with an academic adviser to meet entrance requirements is important.

Transfer Credits: Transfer courses with grade 'C' or better only will be accepted for Animal Science and Equine Science courses in the major.