Applied Animal Science: Animal Agriculture Concentration A.A.S.

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Applied Animal Science: Animal Agriculture Concentration A.A.S.

Globally, farm animals far outnumber pets. Managing and keeping these farm animals healthy is a big business. Providing animal protein for people locally, nationally and worldwide offers endless opportunities for students who like to work with animals used in agriculture.

Important Notice

The Applied Animal Science associates degree program is continuing and will be more closely connected to the four-year Animal Science program. 

Program Overview

The production or meat, milk and fiber from animals is expected to continue to grow for decades to come. Students interested in working in the highly technical, rapidly changing field of farm animal production and management, must become well versed in the many species of farm animals, including breeding, feeding, health care, housing and marketing. In the animal agriculture concentration, students apply many of the skills learned in the classroom on farms in the first few weeks of the program. Students learn to work safely with farm livestock and poultry. They visit farms, engage in hands-on activities weekly with their instructors. Students will balance rations, identify and treat diseases, learn to design appropriate buildings, fences, and properly take of the land and environment necessary to support farm animals. Students visit and interact with nearby farms with beef, sheep, goats and swine. Students also have the opportunity to work and study at the University’s dairy and equine farms. UNH Maintains two modern and well-equipped teaching and research centers, and as an option students interested in dairy cattle can also collaborate to manage the CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agriculture) herd. All students will also study at the UNH Organic Dairy Research Farm.

Students learn the business of farming through field exercises in land management, forage production, financial management, and computer use on a farm as well as through continued practical experience with farm livestock, poultry and dairy cattle. The program prepares students to work both on the farm and in related businesses.

The Thompson School’s Animal Agriculture program is in a unique position with the baccalaureate animal science major. Students may start with the Thompson School program, obtain their associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree then transfer to a four-year major and obtain a B.S. in two to two-and-a-half additional years with a full-time course of study. This allows students to receive two degrees in as little as four years or obtain their A.A.S. degree and work in the field to later return for a B.S. Students wishing to follow this course of action need to work closely with their adviser and maintain a grade of C or better in key applied animal science courses.

Career Opportunities

Herd manager, agricultural sales and/or service employee, farm manager, artificial insemination (AI) technician, crop manager, farm owner, or farm-business owner.

Contact

Andrew B. Conroy

Program Coordinator - Applied Animal Science
Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2625
Office: Thompson School of Applied Science, Barton Hall Rm 131, Durham, NH 03824
Thompson School of Applied Science
34 Sage Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1025
  • Students taking Introduction to Animal Science (AAS 431) assembled a fence surrounding Fowl Hall, our newest building! Current Fowl Hall residents consist of chickens and ducks. More fowl moving in in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
    Students taking Introduction to Animal Science (AAS 431) assembled a fence surrounding Fowl Hall, our newest building! Current Fowl Hall residents consist of chickens and ducks. More fowl moving in in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!

Curriculum & Requirements

Animal Agriculture Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
AAS 425 Introduction to Dairy Herd Management 4
AAS 428 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
AAS 428A Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors 1
AAS 431 Introduction to Animal Science 4
COM 209 Expository Writing and Reading 4
 Credits16
Spring
AAS 423 Dairy Selection 2
AAS 434 Equipment and Facilities Management 3
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
AAS 439A Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors 1
ABM 404A Introduction to Business I 2
COM 210
or COM 212
Public Speaking
or Writing in the Workplace
3
MTH 202 College Algebra 3
Elective 1-4
 Credits17-20
Second Year
Fall
AAS 432 Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management 3
AAS 535 Animal Nutrition 3
AAS 546 Animal Business Applications 4
ANSC 698
or ANSC 605
Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)
or Poultry Production and Health Management
4
AAS 597 Applied Animal Science Work Experience 0
SSCI 201 Human Relations 4
 Credits18
Spring
AAS 540 Animal Breeding 3
AAS 574
or AAS 402
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
or Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management
2
ANSC 698 Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) 4
Any SSCI Course 2-4
Elective(s) 2-4
 Credits13-17
 Total Credits64-71

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Applied Animal Science Animal Agriculture program. Animal Agriculture students are required to take:

AAS 423Dairy Selection2
AAS 425Introduction to Dairy Herd Management4
AAS 428Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AAS 428AAnatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab for AAS majors1
AAS 431Introduction to Animal Science4
AAS 432Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management3
AAS 434Equipment and Facilities Management3
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
AAS 439AFundamentals of Animal Health Lab for Applied Animal Science Majors1
AAS 535Animal Nutrition3
AAS 540Animal Breeding3
AAS 546Animal Business Applications4
AAS 574Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar2
or AAS 402 Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)4
or ANSC 605 Poultry Production and Health Management
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)4
or ANSC 625 Diseases of Small Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Camelids
AAS 597Applied Animal Science Work Experience0
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
COM 210Public Speaking3
or COM 212 Writing in the Workplace

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