Top Animal Science Colleges

As an animal science major, you’ll learn everything there is to know about animal physiology, biology, nutrition, breeding, and health/disease. To do so, you take a large dose of Chemistry and Biology courses as well as classes like Poultry Production, Animal Products Technology, and Genetics.

Earning a degree in animal science will prepare students for careers in food production, research, or further study in veterinary science.

What do you need to make it in an Animal Science program?

Future animal scientists need to be extremely strong science students and should take advanced courses in this area while in high school. Chemistry and biology are the most relevant areas of study. An interest/willingness to engage in hands-on and sometimes physical work is essential for success in this field.

Your Animal Science College Checklist:

  • If you may want to become a veterinarian, does your program cover all prerequisites for admission to vet school?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they experience in the field?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Are there opportunities to assist faculty with research or are such opportunities reserved for graduate students?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?
  • Do undergraduate students have access to farms or other animal facilities near campus?
  • Does the program offer different areas of concentration?

The Top Animal Science Colleges & Universities

Animal Science is a competitive field and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Virginia Tech, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Animal Science Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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