Animal Science - Science Option-Preprofessional Emphasis, B.S.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Animal Sciences Major - Science Option - Preprofessional Emphasis
1. Major requirements (63 units) and Additional Requirements (13-15 units)
Career specialization: Preprofessional Specialization (24 units)
ASCI 156; CHEM 8 or 128A, 129A, 150
Select 6 units from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171, 172, 175, 191
Select 6 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 117, 120; PLANT 20, 121, 122; PLANT 71, 171, or 172
Select 3 units from: ASCI 102, 180, 182, 183, 190, 194I
Additional requirements (13-15 units)
Each of the animal science options requires courses in the major that also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 13-15 units of the 49 unit General Education requirement.
- Science Option / Preprofessional Specialization (up to 2 units above G.E. requirement of 49 units) BREADTH: CHEM 1A and 1AL or CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 1A or BIOL 12 (Area B2); MATH 11 (Area B4); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Animal Science majors are exempt from the MI requirement.
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, Dairy Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 61, and Meat Technology Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 91.
** G.E. 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.
- Mandatory advising is required of all students in the degree program. See the administrative support coordinator for the name of your assigned advisor.
- New students should request an option advising check sheet from the department office.
- All students should make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the courses have been designated CR/NC grading only.
- 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.
- 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.
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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B.S. in Animal Science - Science Option, Basic Animal Science Specialization (Preprofessional)
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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, preprofessional 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, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. 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
Faculty in the department are your best source to help you identify a career path as well as indicate potential earnings based on your area of training.
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,
Fresno, CA 93740
Department Contact Information
Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740
The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.