Animal Sciences, Minor


Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Randy C. Perry, Chair
Ag Mechanics Building, Room 106D, M/S AS 75

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.
BS in Agricultural Education - Teacher Preparation Option, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Livestock and Poultry Mgt Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Dairy Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Equine Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Meat Technology Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Preprofessional Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Pre Veterinary Emphasis, B.S.
CRED in Agriculture Specialist Credential
MN in Animal Sciences, Minor
MS in Agricultural Science, M.S.
PREB in Pre Veterinary Prerequisites

Courses Offered

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Prepare for the future in agricultural sciences, technology, and management with a degree in animal sciences or agricultural education. The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, science, and production management. The science option has career specialization in the areas of preprofessional (basic) animal science and preveterinary medicine. The production management option offers career specialization in the areas of dairy science, equine science, meat technology and livestock business management. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

The agricultural education major is designed to equip students for careers as agricultural communication specialists or secondary agriculture teachers. Specializations may be developed in agricultural business, animal sciences, plant sciences, or mechanized agriculture.

Instructional Facilities

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units on-campus. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained by our faculty and students to support this educational purpose and provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available.


Animal Sciences Minor Requirements

This program is designed for students in other majors who desire instruction in the various disciplines of animal science. Students may design a minor with an animal science adviser to best satisfy their interests.

Students must consult with a faculty adviser in the Animal Sciences Department to plan the minor. The adviser and department chair must approve the minor program before it can be certified by the college dean. It is then filed with the Evaluations Office and recorded on the transcript.

A Minor in Animal Sciences consists of a minimum of 21 units, 9 units of which must be upper division. The minor program of study must be designed from the following courses:

Select from: ASCI 1, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71 (3-6 units)
Select from: ASCI 11, 35, 65 (3-6 units)
Select from: ASCI 101, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165 (9-10 units)
Select from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171 (3 units)
Total (21-22 units)

Note: The Animal Sciences Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.

Advising Notes

  1. Complete an Animal Sciences Minor advising sheet with a faculty adviser for selection of courses.
  2. Courses in a major cannot be applied toward a minor unless designated as additional requirements.
  3. All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade. CR/NC grading is not acceptable.
  4. A minor may be earned only at the time a student earns the first baccalaureate degree.

The Master of Science in Animal Science will be available in fall 2003 pending approval by the Chancellor's Office. Please contact the department office for additional information.



The faculty represent diverse specializations in the disciplines of animal science and teacher training. With doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most prestigious agricultural universities, the faculty have combined philosophies of undergraduate education, research, curriculum development, industry relations, and career placement into a unique program. Their experience allows for the combination of the practical and theoretical aspects of the animal sciences to provide an education second to none. Students select an adviser who assists in both academic and career planning on an individual basis. The faculty place a high priority on strong teacher-student relationships.

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