Animal Science Major

The Animal Science major prepares students for study in veterinary medicine or careers in animal production, biotechnology, and conservation and has been nationally recognized for its work in animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, and management.  Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory, and companion animal species. Research programs advance understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today.

Cornell’s Animal Science major also offers students the opportunity to:

  • graduate with distinction in research
  • receive top-notch training for careers in the dairy industry through the Dairy Fellows Program

Employment Fields

  • Agriculture Business
  • Education
  • Farming
  • Food Industry
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Research

What recent graduates are doing

  • Student at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Animal genetic counselor
  • Livestock/dairy manager
  • Agriculture Research Analyst
  • Dairy Farm Manager
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition Consultant
  • Business Analyst

Sample Classes

ANSC 2210 – Principles of Animal Genetics

Examination of basic genetic principles and their application to the improvement of domestic animals, with emphasis on the effects of selection on animal populations and an introduction to the application of molecular techniques to animal improvement.

ANSC 3200 – Comparative Animal Nutrition and Toxicology: Horses, Dogs, Cats and More

At the end of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to match feed resources to the physiological needs of horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, deer, reindeer, birds, reptiles, and a variety of other animals found at home, in zoos, rehabilitation centers, on ranches and farms
  2. Understand the intellectual processes by which a successful, science-based feeding strategy should be developed for animals without a history of domestication
  3. Understand the evolutionary and physiological basis for some of the diversity in nutritional strategies and toxicological vulnerabilities found among animals

ANSC 3510 – Dairy Herd Management

Application of scientific principles to practical herd management with components of reproduction, milking, housing, records, and production economics. Laboratories emphasize practical applications, analyses of alternatives, decision-making, field trips, and discussion.

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