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College of Agriculture

Animal Sciences: Behavior/Well-Being

Students desiring a balance of animal production, behavioral sciences and well-being are best served by this option in the Department of Animal Sciences. Careers available as managers of animal production units (e.g., beef cow-calf or feed lot manager, flock supervisor, swine manager or horse trainer or breeder). Limited career opportunities may be available as an animal trainer, zoo environmental enhancement specialist, companion animal consultant, breed association animal well-being specialist and pet safety education specialist for a humane society. Students interested in advanced studies can become animal behavior consultants or scientists at universities.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (1) ANSC 18100 (Orientation to Animal Sciences)
(0.5) AGR 11400 (Introduction to Animal Sciences Academic Programs) (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) (3) Animal sciences selective
(16) (18)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) ANSC 22100 (Principles of Animal Nutrition) (3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)
(3) CHM 25500 (Organic Chemistry) (1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)
(1) CHM 25501 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (4) ANSC 23000 (Physiology of Domestic Animals)
(3) Behavior/well-being selective (3) CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry)
(3) Economics selective (1) CHM 25601 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) Written or oral communication selective (3) Humanities selective
(16) (15)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) ANSC 40400 (Animal Welfare) (3) Additional written communication selective
(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry) (4) Animal genetics selective
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Animal nutrition selective
(3) Animal physiology selective (3) Behavior/well-being selective
(3) Animal products selective (3) Humanities selective
(3) Social science selective
(18) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(1) ANSC 48100 (Contemporary Issues in Animal Sciences) (2) Animal sciences selective
(3) Animal production/management selective (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Animal sciences selective (10) Electives
(3) Behavior/well-being selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Elective
(16) (15)