Top Animal Sciences, General Bachelors degree Programs - 2019

Whereas zoology is the study and observation of the animal kingdom, animal sciences focuses more on domesticated animals and the agricultural impact they have. Animal scientists work hard enhance breeding, husbandry, and goods production practices. Students who apply to this major will learn what methods produce the highest quality milk in dairy cows, how eggs are distributed from farm to market to consumer, research the best ways of preventing disease in livestock, and learn about technological advances in the field.

As a subset of agricultural science, animal sciences have a focus on biology and chemistry. Classes for the major can include: animal behavior, crop science, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and animal nutrition. Students in the major usually visit dairy, cattle, hog, and poultry farms for hands on experience, visit labs, and complete an internship. Those drawn to the major tend to be animal lovers, organized, and interested in science.

Animal science can lead to many different career paths. Some jobs can include: farmer/rancher, veterinarian, food processing manager, livestock market forecaster, animal care specialist, or companion animal store manager. Animals play a large part in our lives, and it’s up to animal science experts to ensure the sustainability of the goods/services animals provide, as well as make sure the animals are getting the proper care and attention.

Animal Science fun fact: Like people, cows can have best friends within their herd.

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The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Animal Sciences, General is $35800

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University of California-Davis 103 231 (4.1%) 2.9% 204 (88%) 27 (12%) 72 $51,800 $98,400
Iowa State University 267 210 (3.7%) 3.2% 166 (79%) 44 (21%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Kansas State University 544 205 (3.6%) 5.2% 139 (68%) 66 (32%) 292 $48,300 $82,000
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 483 191 (3.4%) 4.2% 132 (69%) 59 (31%) 265 $46,500 $82,800
Ohio State University-Main Campus 84 163 (2.9%) 1.5% 131 (80%) 32 (20%) 283 $51,600 $82,400
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 148 156 (2.8%) 2.8% 142 (91%) 14 (9%) 163 $52,400 $88,300
Purdue University-Main Campus 173 155 (2.7%) 2.2% 126 (81%) 29 (19%) 98 $57,400 $94,200
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 136 (2.4%) 1.7% 117 (86%) 19 (14%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 184 127 (2.2%) 2.8% 112 (88%) 15 (12%) 49 $59,300 $102,000
Texas A - M University-College Station 150 118 (2.1%) 1% 100 (85%) 18 (15%) 64 $54,400 $99,700
University of Florida 67 118 (2.1%) 1.4% 102 (86%) 16 (14%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
University of Missouri-Columbia 256 116 (2.1%) 1.8% 96 (83%) 20 (17%) 238 $44,200 $84,000
Michigan State University 168 115 (2%) 1.2% 103 (90%) 12 (10%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 249 113 (2%) 2.4% 96 (85%) 17 (15%) 331 $46,500 $80,300
West Virginia University 537 102 (1.8%) 2.3% 90 (88%) 12 (12%) 327 $48,500 $80,400
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 105 101 (1.8%) 1.7% 84 (83%) 17 (17%) 82 $56,500 $96,100
Cornell University 26 96 (1.7%) 2.6% 69 (72%) 27 (28%) 34 $63,200 $109,000
Texas Tech University 456 95 (1.7%) 1.7% 65 (68%) 30 (32%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 368 95 (1.7%) 2.4% 68 (72%) 27 (28%) 320 $44,600 $80,900
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 114 93 (1.6%) 1.2% 79 (85%) 14 (15%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
Clemson University 119 93 (1.6%) 2.2% 81 (87%) 12 (13%) 187 $54,100 $87,300
Oregon State University 427 86 (1.5%) 1.6% 75 (87%) 11 (13%) 176 $50,300 $87,600
Auburn University 198 83 (1.5%) 1.9% 71 (86%) 12 (14%) 169 $48,700 $88,000
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 163 83 (1.5%) .7% 62 (75%) 21 (25%) 172 $54,300 $87,800
South Dakota State University 680 83 (1.5%) 4.2% 63 (76%) 20 (24%) 434 $43,500 $75,600
University of Wisconsin-River Falls 746 81 (1.4%) 6.8% 71 (88%) 10 (12%) 650 $41,900 $69,500
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 102 77 (1.4%) .9% 62 (81%) 15 (19%) 125 $51,300 $91,300
University of Connecticut 70 74 (1.3%) 1.3% 65 (88%) 9 (12%) 157 $53,300 $88,700
Louisiana State University and Agricultural - Mechanical College 357 74 (1.3%) 1.5% 64 (86%) 10 (14%) 265 $47,000 $82,800
Sam Houston State University 834 73 (1.3%) 2% 50 (68%) 23 (32%) 642 $42,600 $69,800
Tarleton State University 1108 72 (1.3%) 3% 58 (81%) 14 (19%) 652 $41,800 $69,400
California State University-Fresno 831 70 (1.2%) 1.6% 60 (86%) 10 (14%) 444 $45,100 $75,300
University of Rhode Island 333 70 (1.2%) 2.1% 58 (83%) 12 (17%) 176 $48,900 $87,600
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 335 70 (1.2%) 1.4% 58 (83%) 12 (17%) 272 $46,800 $82,600
University of Vermont 147 68 (1.2%) 2.8% 62 (91%) 6 (9%) 140 $45,800 $89,700
University of Kentucky 402 67 (1.2%) 1.4% 55 (82%) 12 (18%) 259 $46,100 $82,900
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 967 63 (1.1%) 17.7% 56 (89%) 7 (11%)
Mississippi State University 554 63 (1.1%) 1.8% 49 (78%) 14 (22%) 370 $45,200 $77,700
University of Maryland-College Park 54 63 (1.1%) .9% 56 (89%) 7 (11%) 119 $55,200 $92,200
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 615 63 (1.1%) 1.2% 57 (90%) 6 (10%) 159 $51,000 $88,600
University of Georgia 89 60 (1.1%) .8% 50 (83%) 10 (17%) 242 $47,300 $83,900
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 1104 56 (1%) 3.6% 34 (61%) 22 (39%)
Utah State University 906 55 (1%) 1.4% 29 (53%) 26 (47%) 283 $48,200 $82,400
California State University-Chico 594 54 (1%) 1.4% 46 (85%) 8 (15%) 108 $49,800 $93,300
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 116 52 (.9%) .9% 47 (90%) 5 (10%) 238 $50,000 $84,000
Montana State University 773 51 (.9%) 2.2% 37 (73%) 14 (27%) 213 $48,400 $85,500
Tuskegee University 1261 50 (.9%) 11% 35 (70%) 15 (30%) 682 $53,300 $68,300
University of Wisconsin-Platteville 793 49 (.9%) 3.7% 35 (71%) 14 (29%) 348 $55,500 $79,100
Washington State University 447 48 (.8%) .9% 45 (94%) 3 (6%) 151 $50,400 $89,100
New Mexico State University-Main Campus 1080 47 (.8%) 1.8% 35 (74%) 12 (26%) 307 $46,500 $81,500
Middle Tennessee State University 927 46 (.8%) 1.1% 35 (76%) 11 (24%) 744 $42,100 $65,800
North Dakota State University 661 46 (.8%) 2% 33 (72%) 13 (28%) 350 $49,500 $79,000
University of Arkansas 379 45 (.8%) 1% 40 (89%) 5 (11%) 416 $48,600 $76,200
University of Wyoming 607 42 (.7%) 1.9% 34 (81%) 8 (19%) 344 $48,500 $79,400
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 944 41 (.7%) 1.3% 32 (78%) 9 (22%) 376 $44,600 $77,500
Delaware Valley University 775 40 (.7%) 10.4% 35 (88%) 5 (13%) 755 $35,500 $65,100
Angelo State University 1226 38 (.7%) 3.8% 18 (47%) 20 (53%) 652 $43,800 $69,400
Texas A - M University-Kingsville 1265 37 (.7%) 3.6% 26 (70%) 11 (30%) 398 $48,700 $76,800
West Texas A - M University 1186 35 (.6%) 2.2% 24 (69%) 11 (31%) 555 $46,700 $72,200
Missouri State University-Springfield 735 34 (.6%) 1.1% 28 (82%) 6 (18%) 631 $40,300 $70,000
University of Idaho 565 32 (.6%) 1.8% 24 (75%) 8 (25%) 213 $48,300 $85,500
North Carolina A & T State University 930 31 (.5%) 2% 22 (71%) 9 (29%) 383 $50,500 $77,200
University of Arizona 376 30 (.5%) .4% 24 (80%) 6 (20%) 189 $50,500 $87,100
Stephen F Austin State University 1032 28 (.5%) 1.3% 23 (82%) 5 (18%) 361 $40,700 $78,100
Northwest Missouri State University 919 27 (.5%) 2.7% 19 (70%) 8 (30%) 712 $42,200 $67,100
University of Wisconsin-Madison 90 26 (.5%) .4% 25 (96%) 1 (4%) 197 $50,800 $86,800
Louisiana Tech University 625 26 (.5%) 2% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
Texas State University 763 25 (.4%) .4% 21 (84%) 4 (16%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
Oklahoma Panhandle State University 24 (.4%) 11.2% 15 (63%) 9 (38%)
Texas A - M University-Commerce 1122 23 (.4%) 1.4% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 553 $42,100 $72,300
University of Hawaii at Manoa 597 23 (.4%) .7% 18 (78%) 5 (22%) 395 $44,500 $76,900
Southeast Missouri State University 828 23 (.4%) 1.4% 17 (74%) 6 (26%) 855 $37,700 $61,100
The University of Findlay 627 22 (.4%) 4.7% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 454 $48,800 $74,900
University of Maine 632 22 (.4%) 1.3% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 341 $50,600 $79,500
Arkansas State University-Main Campus 985 19 (.3%) 1.1% 14 (74%) 5 (26%) 454 $41,100 $74,900
University of Minnesota-Crookston 879 19 (.3%) 4.5% 19 (100%) 0
University of Delaware 174 18 (.3%) .5% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 136 $51,500 $89,900
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 164 17 (.3%) .6% 15 (88%) 2 (12%) 259 $49,000 $82,900
Brigham Young University-Idaho 1134 17 (.3%) .4% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 600 $49,200 $70,900
College of the Ozarks 367 11 (.2%) 3.1% 3 (27%) 8 (73%) 765 $37,500 $64,700
Abilene Christian University 656 11 (.2%) 1.5% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 441 $42,000 $75,400
Sul Ross State University 1499 9 (.2%) 2.6% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Andrews University 713 9 (.2%) 2.4% 9 (100%) 0 756 $43,100 $65,000
Lubbock Christian University 1184 7 (.1%) 2.1% 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
Dordt College 397 7 (.1%) 2.2% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Fort Valley State University 1415 7 (.1%) 1.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
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