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Animal Science

Undergraduate Curriculum

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree:

Animal Science Option

The science option provides you with a strong background in technical science and prepares you for advanced studies leading to graduate or professional degrees. See requirements worksheet below.

Animal Industry Option

The animal industry option includes courses that prepare you for work in many phases of the livestock industry, such as livestock production on farms and ranches, the meat industry, the feed industry, livestock breed associations, and livestock publications. See requirements worksheet below.

Food Technology Option

The food technology option prepares you for a career in food processing, which includes meat, dairy, and other food-related areas. See requirements worksheet below.

Undergraduate Programs of Study in Animal Science

Are you interested in a career working with livestock, livestock producers, or livestock products? Would you like to be part of industries that provide much to the quality of life in America via high quality food and fiber and use of animals for recreation? If so, you should look into the field of animal science.

A degree in Animal Science prepares students for jobs in areas such as nutrition, genetics, physiology, reproduction, meats, animal care, and livestock management. Career opportunities in animal science are excellent for both women and men with B.S. degrees. Specific employment possibilities after graduation are numerous, and include areas such as ranch and feedlot management, feed manufacturing, agriservices, agribusiness, marketing, communications, education, and research. Computer applications are also stressed through University computer labs.

Undergraduate programs in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences are designed to offer students a wide array of courses aimed at providing both technical and practical experience. The curriculum is career oriented and seeks to train individuals for meaningful employment in various positions. In addition to the 18 faculty members and 22 staff personnel that are available to assist Animal Science students, support courses are offered to provide specific knowledge in basic sciences and humanities. Students interested in veterinary medicine may complete course requirements for admission to Veterinary School while majoring in Animal Science. The major areas of study and courses offered or required are outlined below. For a more detailed list of courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.


Animal Science Programs:

Tim Ross, Department Head
Animal & Range Sciences, NMSU
Box 30003, MSC 3-I
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: (575) 646-5279
Fax: (575) 646-5441

Applications and Admission:

Admissions Office, NMSU
Box 30001, MSC 3-A
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-3121
Fax: (575) 646-6330

Graduate Studies:

Dennis Halford, Chairman, Animal Science Graduate Committee
Animal and Range Sciences, NMSU
Box 30003, MSC. 3-I
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: (575) 646-1004
Fax: (575) 646-5441

Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Office of Financial Aid, NMSU
Box 30001, MSC 5100
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-4105
Fax: (575) 646-7381