Animal Science Major B.S.

Keener Dairy Research Center
Animal Science Major B.S.

Program Overview

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


Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

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.

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
or BIOL #555 Experimental Design and Analysis Laboratory (EDAL)
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry 15
Requirements for All Animal Science Majors
AAS 439Fundamentals of Animal Health2
ANSC 406Careers in Animal Science1
ANSC 421Animal Agriculture Today4
ANSC 511Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 512Anatomy and Physiology4
ANSC 543Technical Writing in Animal Sciences (or equivalent) 22
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of Domestic Animals4
Ethics Course
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
Disease Course
ANSC 625Diseases of Small Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Camelids4
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
Major Electives
Select 3 electives from the following: 39-14
AAS 574
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
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 600
Field Experience
ANSC 620
Equine Diseases
ANSC 625
Diseases of Small Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Camelids
ANSC 650
Dairy Industry Travel Course
ANSC 698
Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)
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
ANSC 796
Equine Senior Seminar
ANSC 799
Honors Senior Thesis
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 426
Equine Conformation and Lameness
AAS 432
Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management
AAS 434
Equipment and Facilities Management
AAS 527
Companion Animal Diseases
AAS 546
Animal Business Applications
AAS 547
Applied Equine Management
AAS 548
Applied Animal Businss: Concepts and Practices
AAS 574
Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar
ADMN 502
Financial Accounting
BMCB 753
Cell Culture
BMS 602
Pathogenic Microbiology
BMS 623
Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function
BMS 702
BMS 703
Infectious Disease and Health
BMS 704
Pathologic Basis of Disease
BMS 705
BMS 706
BMS 718
Mammalian Physiology
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
SAFS #642
Team Experience in Agroecosystems Management (TEAM - Organic)
SAFS 729/BIOL 829
Agricultural Waste Management
ZOOL 610
Principles of Aquaculture
ZOOL #611
Principles of Aquaculture Lab
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
ZOOL 777
Total Credits76-81

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, or ANSC 799 Honors Senior Thesis), created work, product, 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
CHEM 651
& CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 652
& CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
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.


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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