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College of Agriculture

Animal Sciences: Biosciences

The Department of Animal Sciences offers this specialization that is intended for students seeking careers in research or technical services related to animal nutrition, growth and development, animal genetics, reproduction, animal well-being, and management. Those in this specialization should have a strong interest and curiosity in discovery and should have enjoyed their high school biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses. Students who aspire to careers in research and teaching in colleges and universities or in agribusiness should enroll in this option. It can also be used as an excellent preparation for professional careers such as human medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists and employment in the nutrition, genomics and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates continuing for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in animal sciences qualify for numerous research, teaching or extension positions in industry, government, universities and colleges.

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
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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) Economics selective (3) CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry)
(3) Science 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) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry) (3) Additional written communication selective
(1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory) (4) Animal genetics selective
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Animal nutrition selective
(3) Animal physiology selective (3) Humanities selective
(3) Animal products selective (3) Science selective
(3) Social science selective
(16) (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) Science selective
(3) Animal sciences selective (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Science selective (9) Electives
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Elective
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