Top Animal Sciences, General Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

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 109 224 (4%) 3% 192 (86%) 32 (14%) 72 $51,800 $98,400
Iowa State University 261 217 (3.8%) 3.6% 164 (76%) 53 (24%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 488 198 (3.5%) 4.6% 135 (68%) 63 (32%) 265 $46,500 $82,800
Kansas State University 554 193 (3.4%) 5.1% 131 (68%) 62 (32%) 292 $48,300 $82,000
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 180 162 (2.9%) 3.7% 141 (87%) 21 (13%) 49 $59,300 $102,000
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 62 157 (2.8%) 2% 132 (84%) 25 (16%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
Ohio State University-Main Campus 74 155 (2.7%) 1.5% 121 (78%) 34 (22%) 283 $51,600 $82,400
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 144 135 (2.4%) 2.4% 113 (84%) 22 (16%) 163 $52,400 $88,300
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 133 (2.4%) 1.9% 114 (86%) 19 (14%) 98 $57,400 $94,200
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 105 133 (2.4%) 2.2% 113 (85%) 20 (15%) 82 $56,500 $96,100
Michigan State University 135 124 (2.2%) 1.4% 105 (85%) 19 (15%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
University of Florida 61 120 (2.1%) 1.5% 103 (86%) 17 (14%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
Texas A - M University-College Station 154 119 (2.1%) 1.1% 98 (82%) 21 (18%) 64 $54,400 $99,700
University of Missouri-Columbia 255 119 (2.1%) 1.9% 96 (81%) 23 (19%) 238 $44,200 $84,000
West Virginia University 545 117 (2.1%) 2.6% 98 (84%) 19 (16%) 327 $48,500 $80,400
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 260 115 (2%) 2.5% 101 (88%) 14 (12%) 331 $46,500 $80,300
Cornell University 24 108 (1.9%) 2.9% 85 (79%) 23 (21%) 34 $63,200 $109,000
University of Wisconsin-River Falls 771 102 (1.8%) 8.8% 92 (90%) 10 (10%) 650 $41,900 $69,500
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 100 102 (1.8%) 1.3% 78 (76%) 24 (24%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 147 101 (1.8%) .9% 81 (80%) 20 (20%) 172 $54,300 $87,800
Clemson University 106 95 (1.7%) 2.4% 82 (86%) 13 (14%) 187 $54,100 $87,300
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 647 95 (1.7%) 2% 78 (82%) 17 (18%) 159 $51,000 $88,600
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 374 95 (1.7%) 2.6% 59 (62%) 36 (38%) 320 $44,600 $80,900
Louisiana State University and Agricultural - Mechanical College 355 88 (1.6%) 1.8% 78 (89%) 10 (11%) 265 $47,000 $82,800
Oregon State University 471 85 (1.5%) 1.7% 75 (88%) 10 (12%) 176 $50,300 $87,600
South Dakota State University 598 78 (1.4%) 3.9% 55 (71%) 23 (29%) 434 $43,500 $75,600
Auburn University 203 75 (1.3%) 1.7% 59 (79%) 16 (21%) 169 $48,700 $88,000
Texas Tech University 474 74 (1.3%) 1.4% 48 (65%) 26 (35%) 146 $51,600 $89,400
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 103 73 (1.3%) .9% 59 (81%) 14 (19%) 125 $51,300 $91,300
University of Vermont 142 72 (1.3%) 3.1% 63 (88%) 9 (13%) 140 $45,800 $89,700
Washington State University 426 69 (1.2%) 1.3% 59 (86%) 10 (14%) 151 $50,400 $89,100
University of Georgia 91 69 (1.2%) 1% 59 (86%) 10 (14%) 242 $47,300 $83,900
University of Connecticut 84 68 (1.2%) 1.3% 59 (87%) 9 (13%) 157 $53,300 $88,700
Sam Houston State University 762 65 (1.1%) 1.9% 51 (78%) 14 (22%) 642 $42,600 $69,800
Utah State University 832 63 (1.1%) 1.7% 39 (62%) 24 (38%) 283 $48,200 $82,400
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 896 62 (1.1%) 17.4% 53 (85%) 9 (15%)
University of Wisconsin-Platteville 850 62 (1.1%) 4.4% 47 (76%) 15 (24%) 348 $55,500 $79,100
University of Rhode Island 430 60 (1.1%) 1.9% 48 (80%) 12 (20%) 176 $48,900 $87,600
University of Maryland-College Park 58 59 (1%) .8% 43 (73%) 16 (27%) 119 $55,200 $92,200
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 116 58 (1%) 1% 49 (84%) 9 (16%) 238 $50,000 $84,000
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 302 58 (1%) 1.2% 49 (84%) 9 (16%) 272 $46,800 $82,600
New Mexico State University-Main Campus 1032 57 (1%) 2.1% 39 (68%) 18 (32%) 307 $46,500 $81,500
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 921 56 (1%) 3.4% 40 (71%) 16 (29%)
Middle Tennessee State University 905 53 (.9%) 1.3% 42 (79%) 11 (21%) 744 $42,100 $65,800
North Dakota State University 605 50 (.9%) 2.2% 37 (74%) 13 (26%) 350 $49,500 $79,000
University of Arkansas 381 49 (.9%) 1.1% 43 (88%) 6 (12%) 416 $48,600 $76,200
Tarleton State University 1070 49 (.9%) 2.2% 38 (78%) 11 (22%) 652 $41,800 $69,400
Delaware Valley University 839 48 (.8%) 12.3% 41 (85%) 7 (15%) 755 $35,500 $65,100
University of Wisconsin-Madison 86 46 (.8%) .7% 40 (87%) 6 (13%) 197 $50,800 $86,800
California State University-Chico 636 46 (.8%) 1.2% 37 (80%) 9 (20%) 108 $49,800 $93,300
University of Idaho 623 44 (.8%) 2.5% 42 (95%) 2 (5%) 213 $48,300 $85,500
University of Kentucky 411 43 (.8%) .9% 32 (74%) 11 (26%) 259 $46,100 $82,900
Montana State University 790 43 (.8%) 1.9% 27 (63%) 16 (37%) 213 $48,400 $85,500
Tuskegee University 1164 42 (.7%) 9.3% 38 (90%) 4 (10%) 682 $53,300 $68,300
University of Wyoming 633 42 (.7%) 1.9% 28 (67%) 14 (33%) 344 $48,500 $79,400
Mississippi State University 527 41 (.7%) 1.2% 29 (71%) 12 (29%) 370 $45,200 $77,700
University of Arizona 483 40 (.7%) .6% 33 (83%) 7 (18%) 189 $50,500 $87,100
Brigham Young University-Idaho 1009 37 (.7%) .9% 18 (49%) 19 (51%) 600 $49,200 $70,900
Angelo State University 1287 35 (.6%) 3.9% 13 (37%) 22 (63%) 652 $43,800 $69,400
University of Maine 555 31 (.5%) 1.9% 27 (87%) 4 (13%) 341 $50,600 $79,500
Louisiana Tech University 590 29 (.5%) 2.4% 25 (86%) 4 (14%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
West Texas A - M University 1180 28 (.5%) 1.9% 14 (50%) 14 (50%) 555 $46,700 $72,200
Missouri State University-Springfield 616 26 (.5%) .9% 21 (81%) 5 (19%) 631 $40,300 $70,000
Texas State University 759 26 (.5%) .4% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1042 25 (.4%) .8% 20 (80%) 5 (20%) 376 $44,600 $77,500
Sul Ross State University 1451 25 (.4%) 7.2% 20 (80%) 5 (20%)
University of Minnesota-Crookston 718 24 (.4%) 5.6% 21 (88%) 3 (13%)
University of Hawaii at Manoa 645 24 (.4%) .7% 22 (92%) 2 (8%) 395 $44,500 $76,900
Southeast Missouri State University 793 24 (.4%) 1.4% 19 (79%) 5 (21%) 855 $37,700 $61,100
The University of Findlay 652 23 (.4%) 4.6% 19 (83%) 4 (17%) 454 $48,800 $74,900
North Carolina A - T State University 961 22 (.4%) 1.5% 21 (95%) 1 (5%) 383 $50,500 $77,200
Stephen F Austin State University 1038 22 (.4%) 1.1% 17 (77%) 5 (23%) 361 $40,700 $78,100
University of Delaware 159 22 (.4%) .5% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 136 $51,500 $89,900
Texas A - M University-Kingsville 1218 20 (.4%) 2% 12 (60%) 8 (40%) 398 $48,700 $76,800
Arkansas State University-Main Campus 977 19 (.3%) 1.1% 14 (74%) 5 (26%) 454 $41,100 $74,900
Northwest Missouri State University 930 16 (.3%) 1.7% 11 (69%) 5 (31%) 712 $42,200 $67,100
Oklahoma Panhandle State University 13 (.2%) 6.5% 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
Texas A - M University-Commerce 1101 10 (.2%) .6% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 553 $42,100 $72,300
College of the Ozarks 440 10 (.2%) 3.4% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 765 $37,500 $64,700
Alabama A - M University 1435 7 (.1%) 1.7% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 721 $45,700 $66,800
Abilene Christian University 625 7 (.1%) .9% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 441 $42,000 $75,400
Andrews University 603 6 (.1%) 1.4% 6 (100%) 0 756 $43,100 $65,000
Fort Valley State University 1342 5 (.1%) 1.2% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 171 5 (.1%) .2% 5 (100%) 0 259 $49,000 $82,900
Lubbock Christian University 1200 5 (.1%) 1.3% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
University of Nevada-Reno 618 2 (%) .1% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 492 $47,400 $74,000
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