Animal Science B.S.

The undergraduate program in animal science is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers by providing strong fundamental and applied education in animal nutrition, reproduction, genetics, physiology, health, and large animal management. On campus animal facilities available to provide practical experience with agricultural animals include the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, the Lou and Lutza Smith Equine Center, the nearby organic dairy housed at the Burley-Demeritt Farm and Aquaculture Facilities. Program graduates may be employed in farm ownership, management, marketing, the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, finance, manufacturing, public relations, extension, vocational education or consulting. 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.

Required Courses & Electives

All students in animal science must complete a set of required core courses including animal ethics, genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, disease and management. Students must choose 3 courses from a list of electives, which leaves students with 5 courses as free electives, which can be used to fulfill requirements for either a minor or application to graduate school. Giving students a diverse choice of electives allows for the individualization of the degree program, as students are able to concentrate their studies in areas of personal interest.  For example, students might choose an emphasis in animal agribusiness to prepare for careers in managing single-species or diversified animal operations or students might choose an emphasis in animal diseases or reproduction to prepare for a postgraduate animal science degree.

Both required and elective courses offer opportunities involving a variety of domestic species including cattle, horses, poultry, small ruminants (sheep, goats), camelids, and swine as part of the ever-growing landscape of diversified animal agriculture in the Northeast.  Areas of small animal nutrition, husbandry, and management receive both theoretical and practical emphasis.

Academic Requirements

Students will be required to earn a C- or better in the foundation courses and all required courses for the Animal Science major to receive credit towards graduation. All students in the Animal Science major are expected to participate in and reflect upon a capstone experience prior to graduation.

Questions? Contact:

Elizabeth P. Boulton, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.S.

Associate Professor
Nesmith Hall, Room 104
Phone: 
603-862- 1885

Celeste F. Dietterle

Administrative Assistant III
Kendall Hall, 203
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 
(603) 862-2130