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At a Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 – 62 credit hours

  • General Education: 33 – 35
  • Major / Concentration: 25 –  27

Standard Completion Time

  • 2 Years


  • HLC

Agriculture: Animal Science

Why Study Animal Science?


Animal Science (also Animal Bioscience) studies the biology of animals under the control of humankind, usually livestock species, such as cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and horses.

This degree will teach you the science and business of producing domestic livestock species. An animal scientist applies principles of the biological, physical and social sciences to the problems associated with livestock production and management. Animal Science is also concerned with foods of animal origin: meat, dairy foods, and eggs. The food industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the United States. In addition, animal science is concerned with aspects of companion animals, including their nutrition, care, and welfare.

If you are interested in efficient production of food animals, processing and consumption of high-quality meats and dairy products, use of companion animals for recreation or leisure purposes, or the maintenance of animal health and well-being, then a career in one of the many animal sciences fields may be your key to a rewarding future. Professional education and training in the animal sciences can prepare you for challenging career opportunities in such areas as animal production, breeding, health maintenance and disease control, marketing, processing, distribution, and numerous allied service industries. Additionally, it is a convenient major for biologists interested in animals and an eventual career after veterinary, medical, dental, or graduate school. 

What are Your Career Options?

  • Agriculture Sales Representative
  • Agriculture Technician
  • Animal and Pet Health Worker
  • Farm/Ranch Manager
  • Food Scientist
  • Livestock Technician
  • And More! 

The following is an example of the Ancilla Animal Science Program semester curriculum and is subject to change.

Usual First Semester Courses

  • Writing I
  • Public Speaking
  • Agriculture National Government
  • Principles of Biology
  • Introduction to Agricultural Systems

Usual Second Semester Courses

  • Writing II
  • Agricultural Microeconomics
  • Chemistry
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Soil Sciences and Crop Production

Usual Third Semester Courses

  • Principles of Biology II
  • Mathematics and its Application
  • Computer Literacy
  • Management Methods in Agricultural Businesses
  • Fundamentals of Horticulture

Usual Fourth Semester Courses

  • Animal Reproduction
  • Meat Science
  • Agriculture Data Management
  • Introduction to Agriculture Marketing
  • Introduction to Range Management


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

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