Animal Science (B.S.)

Animal Science (B.S.)

Keener Dairy Research Center

What is animal science? 

Animal science provides a strong foundation in animal nutrition, reproduction, genetics and physiology, preparing students for careers in animal agriculture or further studies in veterinary medicine or graduate school. Students choose from a wide array of electives, delving into topics ranging from animal health and management practices to agriculture and food policy.  

Why study animal science at UNH? 

UNH offers a range of hands-on, real-world experience through campus facilities that include the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, the Lou & Lutza Smith Equine Center, the Organic Dairy Research Farm, the Aquaculture Research Center, the Ritzman Aquaculture Facility and the new high tunnel for poultry and small ruminants. We also offer an exceptional level of support through the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture’s St. Martin Career Exploration Office.

Potential careers 

  • Agribusiness 
  • Consulting 
  • Education 
  • Extension specialist 
  • Farm ownership 
  • Government (USDA) 
  • Management (ASPCA) 
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Research 
  • Veterinary medicine

Contact

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
  • Dairy science students attend the 2019 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting
    Four UNH dairy science students and Prof. Pete Erickson recently attended the 2019 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Dairy science students attend the 2019 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting
    Four UNH dairy science students and Prof. Pete Erickson recently attended the 2019 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • More Than a Degree
    For Jessica Fury ‘19, an animal science major and Groveton, NH native, graduation will mean saying goodbye to her beloved Jersey cows at the UNH Organic Dairy, but it also means a new opportunity to care for some special creatures in Jefferson, NH.
    More Than a Degree
    For Jessica Fury ‘19, an animal science major and Groveton, NH native, graduation will mean saying goodbye to her beloved Jersey cows at the UNH Organic Dairy, but it also means a new opportunity to care for some special creatures in Jefferson, NH.
  • Finding Her Niche, Following Her Passion
    Kaitlyn LeClair ’19 rode Morgan horses for 10 years before she arrived at UNH and discovered her love of the breed displaced by a new interest: cows.
    Finding Her Niche, Following Her Passion
    Kaitlyn LeClair ’19 rode Morgan horses for 10 years before she arrived at UNH and discovered her love of the breed displaced by a new interest: cows.
  • A Sailor at the Helm
    This well-rounded student from Boston is will be graduating with her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in May and entering COLSA's four-year Animal Science program in the fall. 
    A Sailor at the Helm
    This well-rounded student from Boston is will be graduating with her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in May and entering COLSA's four-year Animal Science program in the fall. 
  • Finding Confidence through Experience
    Casey Sturzo ’19 didn’t need to go far to find a life-changing college experience: 10 miles, to be exact. But for the senior animal science major from Epping, New Hampshire, the distance made the difference.
    Finding Confidence through Experience
    Casey Sturzo ’19 didn’t need to go far to find a life-changing college experience: 10 miles, to be exact. But for the senior animal science major from Epping, New Hampshire, the distance made the difference.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Animal Science B.S. is designed for students interested in animal agriculture. Students who are considering continuing their studies through graduate school are advised to take the recommended additional courses in Chemistry, Math and Physics. The Animal Science B.S. is one of many pathways for admission to veterinary school. Because admission to veterinary school is highly competitive due to the limited number of available spaces and the high standards for admission, students are advised to choose an academic program that deeply interests them. Simply taking the prerequisite courses required by veterinary schools without considering alternate career goals is not advisable.

ANSC Sample Student Schedule by Semester

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ANSC 421 Introduction to Animal Science 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (WI) or DISC (Not SS or WC) 4
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives (SS DISC and ANSC Elective) 4
ANSC Elective: AAS 402 + AAS 423 or 4 credit elective 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (WI) and FPA DISC or ANSC 543 Technical Writing in Animal Sciences (+ 2 credit elective) 4
 Credits17
Spring
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
ANSC 406 Careers in Animal Science 1
ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BMCB 501 Biological Chemistry 5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ANSC 609 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 612 Genetics of Domestic Animals 4
ANSC 625 Animal Diseases (or DISC) 4
ANSC Repro course or DISC 4
 Credits16
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (WI) or DISC ) 4
ANSC Repro course or DISC 4
ANSC Elective 500-700 (Ex. ANSC 510 = WI, WC DISC, and Elective) 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ANSC 625 Animal Diseases (or DISC) 4
ANSC Elective 500-700 (ex. ANSC 698 CREAM) or DISC 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (or DISC) 4
ANSC Elective 500-700 or DISC 4
Capstone (Ex. ANSC 698, ANSC 728, ANSC 750, ANSC 799, etc.) 4
Elective 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits129

ANSC Sample Student Schedule by Semester - Pre-Veterinary/Graduate School Intent

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ANSC 421 Introduction to Animal Science 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (WI) or DISC (Not SS, FPA, or WC) 4
 Credits16
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
ANSC elective: AAS 402 Intro to Livestock Mgt (2 credit) + AAS 423 Dairy Selection (2 credit) or 4 credit elective 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (WI) and FPA DISC) 4
 Credits17
Spring
AAS 439 Fundamentals of Animal Health 2
ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ANSC 406 Careers in Animal Science 1
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives (SS DISC and ANSC Elective) 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ANSC 609 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 612 Genetics of Domestic Animals 4
ANSC 625 Animal Diseases (or Repro or Elective 500-700 Course) 4
PHYS 401
or BMS 503/504
Introduction to Physics I
or General Microbiology
4
 Credits16
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (WI) or DISC) 4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II (or DISC) 4
ANSC Repro or Elective (ex. ANSC 510 = WI, WC DISC, and Elective) 4
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
ANSC 625 Animal Diseases (or DISC) 4
BMS 503
BMS 504
or PHYS 401
General Microbiology
or Introduction to Physics I
5
ANSC Elective 500-700 (ex. ANSC 698 CREAM) or DISC 4
ANSC Repro Course or DISC 4
 Credits17
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (or DISC) 4
ANSC Elective 500-700 or PHYS 402 4
ANSC Repro Course or DISC 4
Capstone (ex. ANSC 698, ANSC 750, ANSC 799, etc.) 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits131

Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry 15
Requirements for All Animal Science Majors
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
ANSC 406Careers in Animal Science1
ANSC 421Introduction to Animal Science4
ANSC 511Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 512Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 543Technical Writing in Animal Sciences (or equivalent) 22
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of Domestic Animals4
ANSC 625Animal Diseases4
Reproduction Course
Select one of the following:4
ANSC 701
Physiology of Reproduction
ANSC 715
Physiology of Lactation
ANSC 724
Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
BMS 702
Endocrinology
Major Electives
Select 3 electives from the following list. At least 2 electives must be at the 500 level or above. Electives less than 3 credits must be combined to equal 3 credits or more to count as 1 elective. At least one elective must be from the Experiential category.12
AAS 402
Introduction to Livestock and Poultry Management
AAS 421
Large Animal Behavior and Handling Techniques
AAS 423
Dairy Selection
AAS 425
Introduction to Dairy Herd Management
AAS 432
Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management
AAS 434
Equipment and Facilities Management
AAS 527
Companion Animal Diseases
AAS 574
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
ADMN 502
Financial Accounting
ANSC 426
Equine Conformation and Lameness
ANSC 437
Equine Handling and Care Techniques
ANSC 504
Equine Science
ANSC 507
Survey of Equine Training Techniques
ANSC 510
Integration of Culture and Agriculture in Ireland: Past, Present, and Future
ANSC 546
Animal Business Applications
ANSC 547
Applied Equine Management
ANSC 548
Agricultural Business Management
ANSC 600
Field Experience
ANSC 605
Poultry Production and Health Management
ANSC 620
Equine Diseases
ANSC 635
Nonprofit Management for Agriculture Business
ANSC 650
Dairy Industry Travel Course
ANSC 695
Supervised Teaching Experience (Course can only be used once for elective credit)
ANSC 698
Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) (Each semester counts as 1 elective. However, if taken in the senior year >90 credits, 1 semester can count as the capstone and 1 as an elective.)
ANSC 701
Physiology of Reproduction
ANSC 708
Ruminant Nutritional Physiology
ANSC 710
Dairy Nutrition
ANSC 715
Physiology of Lactation
ANSC 724
Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination
ANSC 725
Equine Sports Medicine
ANSC 727
Advanced Dairy Management I
ANSC 728
Advanced Dairy Management II
ANSC 750
Collaborative Farm Design and Development
ANSC 795
Investigations
ANSC 796
Equine Senior Seminar
ANSC 799
Honors Senior Thesis
BMCB 753
Cell Culture
BMS 602
Pathogenic Microbiology
BMS 623
Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function
BMS 655
Human and Animal Parasites
BMS 702
Endocrinology
BMS 703
Infectious Disease and Health
BMS 704
Pathologic Basis of Disease
BMS 705
Immunology
BMS 706
Virology
BMS 711
Toxicology
BMS 712
Grand Rounds
BMS 718
Mammalian Physiology
BUS 410
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
CMN 500
Public Speaking
CMN 600
Public Speaking as a Civic Art
EREC 411
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
EREC 680
Agricultural and Food Policy
MGT 580
Introduction to Organizational Behavior
SAFS 632
Urban Agriculture
ZOOL 610
Principles of Aquaculture
ZOOL 611
Principles of Aquaculture Lab
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
ZOOL 773
Physiology of Fish
ZOOL 777
Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behavior
Experiential Electives4
ANSC 600
Field Experience
ANSC 605
Poultry Production and Health Management
ANSC 698
Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)
ANSC 727
Advanced Dairy Management I
ANSC 728
Advanced Dairy Management II
ANSC 750
Collaborative Farm Design and Development
ANSC 795
Investigations
ANSC 799
Honors Senior Thesis
Total Credits83

Capstone Experience

The capstone requirement  must be completed during the senior year, and may be satisfied through a course (e.g., ANSC 698 Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)ANSC 728 Advanced Dairy Management II, ANSC 750 Collaborative Farm Design and Development, ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience, or ANSC 799 Honors Senior Thesis) or some form of experiential learning (e.g., mentored research projects and other special student activities).

GPA Requirements for All Students in Animal Science

Students will be required to earn a C- or better in all required courses for the animal science major to receive credit toward graduation. Students failing to do this will need to retake the course in order to receive credit.

Requirements for Animal Science Students Interested in Graduate/Veterinary School

BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

Students interested in veterinary medicine should consult the pre-veterinary medicine program website.

Explore Program Details

What is CREAM?

CREAM is a student-run cooperative in which 25 UNH students operate and manage a small business consisting of a registered Holstein dairy herd. CREAM is a yearlong course that gives students the opportunity to gain hands on experience in working with the dairy cows. Each Fall, the herd is passed on to a new group of students with the help of a transition team of student advisors, as well as dairy center personnel, and faculty advisors. CREAM has been operating at UNH since 1997 and has progressed as a program each year due to the dedication and commitment of the students, faculty, and dairy center staff.

CREAM

UNH PEEP, the Poultry Experiential Education Program, provides students with real-world experience and knowledge in poultry production and management. Through classroom discussions and weekly laboratories, students learn about poultry anatomy and physiology, management practices, biosecurity, diseases, food safety, and much more. They are able to immediately apply this knowledge as they work together to raise a small broiler poultry flock over the course of a semester. PEEP was started in the Fall of 2018 and is currently associated with the ANSC 605 Poultry Production and Health Management course.

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