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Animal Science

Program(s) Available: B.S., Minor, Pre-professional

Located in the center of the Midwest, Northwest is known for its agriculture program. So if you're interested in pursuing animal science, you've come to the right place!

Why Study Animal Science at Northwest

Animal science majors gain career-related experience the minute they step onto campus. This program focuses on two main areas: science and experiential learning. 

By science, we mean the anatomy and physiology of animals. Knowledge of these areas is crucial to work in this industry. Thankfully, your faculty members are experts and have years of experience in their back pockets. You will learn about hormones, nutrition, livestock disease and overall health.

You'll also have access to experiential learning to help you when you begin interviewing for jobs. Did we mention we have our own farm? At the R.T. Wright University Farm, you'll learn how to complete tasks such as annual pregnancy tests on cows, castrations, vaccinations and more. You'll also spend a lot of your time in the Agricultural Learning Center, a new 29,000-square-foot building that houses many classrooms, laboratories and an exposition center.

If you're interested in becoming a veterinarian, you may consider our animal science (pre-vet) program. While this program is rigorous, you'll leave Northwest with a grasp of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and histology. Learn more about this specialization below. 

Pick your path

Animal Science (Minor Required)

This specialization is for students who do not wish to become a veterinarian. This program gives students a holistic understanding of production with livestock.

Animal Science 4-year plan (B.S.) (Minor Required)


If you want to become a veterinarian, this is the specialization for you. This track is designed to prepare students for veterinary school. 

PRE-VET 4-year plan 

*Enrollment is not open to students on F-1 Visas for the pre-professional program.

Minor program

Did you know you also can minor in animal science? This 22-credit-hour program provides an overview of livestock evaluation, meat science, animal nutrition and breeding. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. To learn more, visit the academic catalog.

Career Ready

“Earning a degree is important. For me, it’s also about the connections you gain while pursuing the degree.” — Addison Carroll

Career opportunities

  • Farmer
  • Agricultural manager
  • Health technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Farming supervisor

What Can I Do With a Major in Animal Science?

Agricultural Learning Center

Students gather for the meat science lab in the Agricultural Learning Center (ALC). The facility opened in 2021 and is where most ag courses occur.

Agricultural Learning Center

R.T. Wright Farm

The R.T. Wright University Farm is a 448-acre facility that provides profession-based learning experiences with livestock and crops.

R.T. Wright Farm
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