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 100 231 (4.1%) 2.9% 204 (88%) 27 (12%) 72 $51,800 $98,400
Iowa State University 269 210 (3.7%) 3.2% 166 (79%) 44 (21%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Kansas State University 552 205 (3.6%) 5.2% 139 (68%) 66 (32%) 292 $48,300 $82,000
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 480 191 (3.4%) 4.2% 132 (69%) 59 (31%) 265 $46,500 $82,800
Ohio State University-Main Campus 82 163 (2.9%) 1.5% 131 (80%) 32 (20%) 283 $51,600 $82,400
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 147 156 (2.8%) 2.8% 142 (91%) 14 (9%) 163 $52,400 $88,300
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 155 (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 187 127 (2.2%) 2.8% 112 (88%) 15 (12%) 49 $59,300 $102,000
Texas A - M University-College Station 151 118 (2.1%) 1% 100 (85%) 18 (15%) 64 $54,400 $99,700
University of Florida 68 118 (2.1%) 1.4% 102 (86%) 16 (14%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
University of Missouri-Columbia 258 116 (2.1%) 1.8% 96 (83%) 20 (17%) 238 $44,200 $84,000
Michigan State University 165 115 (2%) 1.2% 103 (90%) 12 (10%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 250 113 (2%) 2.4% 96 (85%) 17 (15%) 331 $46,500 $80,300
West Virginia University 535 102 (1.8%) 2.3% 90 (88%) 12 (12%) 327 $48,500 $80,400
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 102 101 (1.8%) 1.7% 84 (83%) 17 (17%) 82 $56,500 $96,100
Cornell University 27 96 (1.7%) 2.6% 69 (72%) 27 (28%) 34 $63,200 $109,000
Texas Tech University 453 95 (1.7%) 1.7% 65 (68%) 30 (32%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 367 95 (1.7%) 2.4% 68 (72%) 27 (28%) 320 $44,600 $80,900
Clemson University 118 93 (1.6%) 2.2% 81 (87%) 12 (13%) 187 $54,100 $87,300
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 111 93 (1.6%) 1.2% 79 (85%) 14 (15%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
Oregon State University 422 86 (1.5%) 1.6% 75 (87%) 11 (13%) 176 $50,300 $87,600
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 162 83 (1.5%) .7% 62 (75%) 21 (25%) 172 $54,300 $87,800
Auburn University 198 83 (1.5%) 1.9% 71 (86%) 12 (14%) 169 $48,700 $88,000
South Dakota State University 673 83 (1.5%) 4.2% 63 (76%) 20 (24%) 434 $43,500 $75,600
University of Wisconsin-River Falls 744 81 (1.4%) 6.8% 71 (88%) 10 (12%) 650 $41,900 $69,500
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 97 77 (1.4%) .9% 62 (81%) 15 (19%) 125 $51,300 $91,300
Louisiana State University and Agricultural - Mechanical College 354 74 (1.3%) 1.5% 64 (86%) 10 (14%) 265 $47,000 $82,800
University of Connecticut 70 74 (1.3%) 1.3% 65 (88%) 9 (12%) 157 $53,300 $88,700
Sam Houston State University 827 73 (1.3%) 2% 50 (68%) 23 (32%) 642 $42,600 $69,800
Tarleton State University 1102 72 (1.3%) 3% 58 (81%) 14 (19%) 652 $41,800 $69,400
California State University-Fresno 817 70 (1.2%) 1.6% 60 (86%) 10 (14%) 444 $45,100 $75,300
University of Rhode Island 331 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 146 68 (1.2%) 2.8% 62 (91%) 6 (9%) 140 $45,800 $89,700
University of Kentucky 397 67 (1.2%) 1.4% 55 (82%) 12 (18%) 259 $46,100 $82,900
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 951 63 (1.1%) 17.7% 56 (89%) 7 (11%)
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 607 63 (1.1%) 1.2% 57 (90%) 6 (10%) 159 $51,000 $88,600
Mississippi State University 547 63 (1.1%) 1.8% 49 (78%) 14 (22%) 370 $45,200 $77,700
University of Maryland-College Park 53 63 (1.1%) .9% 56 (89%) 7 (11%) 119 $55,200 $92,200
University of Georgia 87 60 (1.1%) .8% 50 (83%) 10 (17%) 242 $47,300 $83,900
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 1123 56 (1%) 3.6% 34 (61%) 22 (39%)
Utah State University 900 55 (1%) 1.4% 29 (53%) 26 (47%) 283 $48,200 $82,400
California State University-Chico 583 54 (1%) 1.4% 46 (85%) 8 (15%) 108 $49,800 $93,300
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 115 52 (.9%) .9% 47 (90%) 5 (10%) 238 $50,000 $84,000
Montana State University 769 51 (.9%) 2.2% 37 (73%) 14 (27%) 213 $48,400 $85,500
Tuskegee University 1252 50 (.9%) 11% 35 (70%) 15 (30%) 682 $53,300 $68,300
University of Wisconsin-Platteville 790 49 (.9%) 3.7% 35 (71%) 14 (29%) 348 $55,500 $79,100
Washington State University 439 48 (.8%) .9% 45 (94%) 3 (6%) 151 $50,400 $89,100
New Mexico State University-Main Campus 1067 47 (.8%) 1.8% 35 (74%) 12 (26%) 307 $46,500 $81,500
North Dakota State University 658 46 (.8%) 2% 33 (72%) 13 (28%) 350 $49,500 $79,000
Middle Tennessee State University 925 46 (.8%) 1.1% 35 (76%) 11 (24%) 744 $42,100 $65,800
University of Arkansas 376 45 (.8%) 1% 40 (89%) 5 (11%) 416 $48,600 $76,200
University of Wyoming 601 42 (.7%) 1.9% 34 (81%) 8 (19%) 344 $48,500 $79,400
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 933 41 (.7%) 1.3% 32 (78%) 9 (22%) 376 $44,600 $77,500
Delaware Valley University 763 40 (.7%) 10.4% 35 (88%) 5 (13%) 755 $35,500 $65,100
Angelo State University 1220 38 (.7%) 3.8% 18 (47%) 20 (53%) 652 $43,800 $69,400
Texas A - M University-Kingsville 1253 37 (.7%) 3.6% 26 (70%) 11 (30%) 398 $48,700 $76,800
West Texas A - M University 1177 35 (.6%) 2.2% 24 (69%) 11 (31%) 555 $46,700 $72,200
Missouri State University-Springfield 728 34 (.6%) 1.1% 28 (82%) 6 (18%) 631 $40,300 $70,000
University of Idaho 556 32 (.6%) 1.8% 24 (75%) 8 (25%) 213 $48,300 $85,500
North Carolina A - T State University 917 31 (.5%) 2% 22 (71%) 9 (29%) 383 $50,500 $77,200
University of Arizona 385 30 (.5%) .4% 24 (80%) 6 (20%) 189 $50,500 $87,100
Stephen F Austin State University 1025 28 (.5%) 1.3% 23 (82%) 5 (18%) 361 $40,700 $78,100
Northwest Missouri State University 913 27 (.5%) 2.7% 19 (70%) 8 (30%) 712 $42,200 $67,100
University of Wisconsin-Madison 88 26 (.5%) .4% 25 (96%) 1 (4%) 197 $50,800 $86,800
Louisiana Tech University 623 26 (.5%) 2% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
Texas State University 752 25 (.4%) .4% 21 (84%) 4 (16%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
Oklahoma Panhandle State University 24 (.4%) 11.2% 15 (63%) 9 (38%)
Southeast Missouri State University 820 23 (.4%) 1.4% 17 (74%) 6 (26%) 855 $37,700 $61,100
University of Hawaii at Manoa 587 23 (.4%) .7% 18 (78%) 5 (22%) 395 $44,500 $76,900
Texas A - M University-Commerce 1115 23 (.4%) 1.4% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 553 $42,100 $72,300
The University of Findlay 621 22 (.4%) 4.7% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 454 $48,800 $74,900
University of Maine 622 22 (.4%) 1.3% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 341 $50,600 $79,500
Arkansas State University-Main Campus 978 19 (.3%) 1.1% 14 (74%) 5 (26%) 454 $41,100 $74,900
University of Minnesota-Crookston 871 19 (.3%) 4.5% 19 (100%) 0
University of Delaware 171 18 (.3%) .5% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 136 $51,500 $89,900
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 161 17 (.3%) .6% 15 (88%) 2 (12%) 259 $49,000 $82,900
Brigham Young University-Idaho 1129 17 (.3%) .4% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 600 $49,200 $70,900
Abilene Christian University 651 11 (.2%) 1.5% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 441 $42,000 $75,400
College of the Ozarks 390 11 (.2%) 3.1% 3 (27%) 8 (73%) 765 $37,500 $64,700
Sul Ross State University 1495 9 (.2%) 2.6% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Andrews University 711 9 (.2%) 2.4% 9 (100%) 0 756 $43,100 $65,000
Fort Valley State University 1402 7 (.1%) 1.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Dordt College 391 7 (.1%) 2.2% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Lubbock Christian University 1178 7 (.1%) 2.1% 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
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