Animal Science - Science Option-Preprofessional Emphasis, B.S.

Department

Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Randy C. Perry, Chair
Ag Mechanics Building, Room 106D, M/S AS 75
559.278.2971
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/asae

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 Business 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.

Requirements

The Preprofessional Specialization under the Science Option requires 24 units of coursework.

 

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Animal Sciences Major

Options: Production Management, Science.

1. Major requirements (61-66 units)

Animal Science Core (39 units)
ASCI 1, 35, 71, 101, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165, 186; BIOL 20 or 120
Select 6 units from the following: ASCI 21, 31, 41, 51*, 61*, 91

 

Science Option

Career specialization

Preprofessional Specialization (24 units)
ASCI 156; CHEM 8, 129A, 150; AGBS 71 or PLANT 99 or MATH 101
Select 6 units from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171, 172, 175, 191
Select 3 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 117, 120; CRSC 1, 102, 105; SW 2, 100 or 100N
Select 3 units from: ASCI 180, 183, 190, 194

 

Additional requirements (1-3 units)
Each of the animal science options requires courses in the major that also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 9-12 units of the 49 unit General Education requirement, plus 1-3 excess units beyond the requirements in BREADTH Area B1 for the Production Management Option and Area B1 and B2 for the Science Option.

  • Production Management Option (1 unit above G.E. requirement of 49 units) BREADTH: CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 10 or 12 (Area B2); AGBS 1 (Area D3); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
  • Science Option (3 units above G.E. requirement of 49 units) BREADTH: CHEM 1A (Area B1); BIOL 1A (Area B2); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total minimum requirements (120 units)**

* Within the Animal Science Core, Equine Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 51 and Dairy Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 61.

** G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam.  The total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the veterinary school entrance requirements, as additional courses may be required (see advising note 6.) See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. Mandatory advising is required of all students in the degree program. See the administrative support coordinator for the name of your assigned advisor.
  2. New students should request an option advising check sheet from the department office.
  3. All students should make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.
  4. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the courses have been designated CR/NC grading only.
  5. The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university examination (UDWE) or by taking an approved upper-division writing skills course, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units are completed. One unit of credit in ENGL 100W may be earned for passing the exam if requested by the student; three to four units of credit will be earned by obtaining a letter grade of C or higher in an approved course.
  6. Total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the Veterinary Medicine entrance requirements. Preveterinary and veterinary preparation students should consult their faculty advisor regarding entrance requirements and admissions procedures to veterinary school. Additional courses such as PHYS 2B, calculus, and statistics may be required.

Faculty

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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Roadmap

B.S. in Animal Science - Science Option, Basic Animal Science Specialization (Preprofessional)

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Careers

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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, basic animal science, pre-veterinary medicine, livestock business management, dairy science, equine science and meat technology. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. 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. The department is extremely proud of its outstanding faculty and the level and quality of student activities in which they participate.

What You Can Earn

Agricultural Communications
$108,658 (in our region)

Public Secondary School Teacher
$59,597 (in our region)

Source: HR reported data at www.salary.com as of December 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Mechanized Agriculture
  • Crop Management

What You Can Learn

  • Farm animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance
  • The qualifications for teaching agriculture, and the content of vocational agriculture programs
  • Basic shop skills/welding/power and equipment
  • Techniques of food and fiber production

About the College

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.

College Contact Information

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
MS AS79
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: 559.278.2971
Fax: 559.278.4101

The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.