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The List of All U.S. Colleges with an Animal Science Major

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You might think of animal science as a sort of premed program for future veterinarians. While this is certainly one reason that undergrads choose to study animal science, it’s not the only possible career path to pursue with an animal science degree. Students who enjoy working with animals and want to learn more about the most modern, efficient, and humane ways to care for them should consider a degree in animal science.

 

Luckily, there are dozens of animal science programs across the country to choose from. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in animal science, don’t miss this post where we outline how to get into the program of your dreams and provide a complete list of every college in the country with an animal science major. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Why Major in Animal Science?

 

Animal science is an engaging and exciting field for many students. The course of study usually involves lots of hands-on time with animals along with intensive study of animal behavior, reproduction, molecular biology, livestock judging, and many other aspects of animal biology.

 

Students who study animal science can pursue careers in the veterinary sciences or in other fields such as research, animal production, agribusiness, biotechnology, medicine, conservation, and education. Some students go on to manage farms or other animal related businesses.  

 

The earning potential of an animal science major varies according to what specific career you choose to pursue after graduation. Veterinarians can expect to earn around $77,000 per year while a farm manager usually earns closer to $50,000 per year. Higher earning potential comes in the fields of animal science consulting for pharmaceutical companies or the government. These career paths can earn well into the six figures. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in pursuing, you’ll want to check out our list of schools with an animal science major below.

 

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting In

 

As college admissions become increasingly competitive, it’s a good idea to plan your application strategy in advance. Here are some simple tips for optimizing your shot at getting into the animal science program of your dreams:

 

 

Take Lots of STEM Classes

 

Loading up on a STEM field classes during high school will prepare you for the higher level science classes expected in the course of an animal science degree program. AP Chemistry and AP Biology will be particularly helpful and may even allow you to place out of introductory level required courses early in your animal science studies.

 

 

Reinforce Your Interests Through Extracurriculars

 

One way to make sure you’re taken seriously as an animal science major is to get involved with related extracurriculars. Any clubs or projects that involve working with animals are a great choice. Get a job or internship on a local farm, volunteer at an animal shelter, or start a service project to help animals in your community.

 

 

Consider Bringing in the Professionals

 

College admissions can sometimes be a little daunting. To get into a competitive program, you often to need to balance your application carefully, highlighting specific strengths in a cohesive way. The CollegeVine Early Advising Program pairs high school ninth and tenth graders with successful students at top-30 schools. These mentors provide current high schoolers with advice on everything from selecting classes and extracurriculars to setting and achieving long-term goals.

 

Also keep in mind that no amount of planning and preparation will be enough to get you into college if you don’t apply to colleges that are a great fit for you. Look at admissions statistics, compare your own test scores and accomplishments to those of accepted students, and contact a trusted mentor or guidance counselor to help narrow down your college list.

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What Colleges Offer an Animal Science Major?

 

Alfred State College

Andrews University

Appalachian State University

Arkansas State University | A–State

Arkansas Tech University | ATU

Auburn University

Austin Peay State University | APSU

Becker College

Berry College

Bismarck State College | BSC

Brevard College

Bucknell University

C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University | LIU Post

California Polytechnic State University | Cal Poly

California State University, Chico | CSU Chico

Carroll University

Centenary University

Clemson University

College of Central Florida

Colorado State University | CSU

Cornell University

Delaware State University | Del State

Delaware Valley University | DelVal

Eastern Kentucky University | EKU

Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU

Eckerd College

Edinboro University

Ferris State University

Florida A&M University | FAMU

Fort Valley State University | FVSU

Franklin and Marshall College | F&M

Friends University

Frostburg State University

George Fox University | GFU

Green Mountain College

Gulf Coast State College | GCSC

Illinois State University | ISU

Indiana State University | ISU

Johnson & Wales University | JWU

Keiser University

Kent State University

La Sierra University | LSU

Lake Superior State University | LSSU

Langston University | LU

Lincoln Memorial University | LMU

Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech

MacMurray College

Malone University

Mars Hill University

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences | MCPHS

Mercy College

Michigan State University

Middle Tennessee State University | MTSU

Midway University

Mississippi State University | MSU

Montana State University | MSU

Murray State University | MSU

Muskingum University

North Carolina State University | NC State

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Northwest Missouri State University

Oberlin College

Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City | OSU–OKC

Olivet Nazarene University | ONU

Ottawa University | OU

Otterbein University

Pace University

Palm Beach Atlantic University | PBA

Paul Smith’s College

Peninsula College

Pennsylvania State University | PSU

Peru State College

Rocky Mountain College | RMC

Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College | SMWC

Sam Houston State University | SHSU

Snow College

South Dakota State University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU

State University of New York at Delhi | SUNY Delhi

State University of New York at Morrisville | SUNY Morrisville

State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego

Stephen F. Austin State University | SFA

Tennessee State University | TSU

Texas A&M University–Commerce

Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Texas State University

The Ohio State University | OSU

Transylvania University

Tuskegee University

Unity College

University of Alaska Southeast

University of Arkansas

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB

University of Central Florida | UCF

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Hawaii at Hilo | UH Hilo

University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign | UIUC

University of Kentucky

University of Maine

University of Mary Hardin–Baylor | UMHB

University of Maryland Eastern Shore | UMES

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Minnesota Crookston | UMC

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Missouri | Mizzou

University of Montana Western | UMW

University of New Hampshire | UNH

University of North Dakota | UND

University of Rhode Island | URI

University of Tennessee

University of the Cumberlands

University of Vermont | UVM

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin–Platteville | UW–Platteville

University of Wisconsin–River Falls | UW–River Falls

Utah State University

Virginia Tech

Washington State University | WSU

Weber State University

West Liberty University

West Texas A&M University | WTAMU

West Virginia University | WVU

Western New Mexico University

Wilson College

 

If you’re planning on applying to an animal science program, you should know that your application will be up against those from other dedicated science students ready to pursue a career with animals. The CollegeVine Applications program exists to help you optimize your application and ensure that you’re supported through every step of the way. You can trust us to help you gain the tools you’ll need to attend your dream school.

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Kate Sundquist
Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Short bio
Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.