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Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences offers hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, and exploration of the depth and breadth of animal experience.

About the Major

The Animal Sciences major offers a solid educational foundation that emphasizes the application of fundamental science to daily animal care and well-being.

Students can immediately apply what they learn in the classroom through hands-on learning opportunities, including at the student-managed dairy herd and beef feedlot, or by conducting innovative research.

Explore the Possibilities

Animal Sciences prepare students for multiple careers, including veterinary school, in the specialized field of animal science, and management. We offer:

  • One of the strongest animal sciences programs in the nation, and the only four-year animal sciences degree in Washington.
  • Multidisciplinary instruction that provides integrated knowledge of animal management, agriculture, science, and research issues.
  • Renowned faculty mentors who serve as academic and career advisors, and are dedicated to helping students reach their goals.
  • Opportunities to develop career and leadership skills through participation in student cooperatives, clubs, and internships.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Animal Management
  • Veterinary, Graduate, or Medical School
  • Agribusiness
  • Zoo Management
  • Aquaculture
  • Animal Nutrition, Genetics, and Reproduction
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Quick Facts

$175,000 Awarded in scholarships
$80,000+ Mean annual wage
9 Clubs and Co-operatives
16:1 Student to faculty ratio

Major Requirements

Students in Animal Sciences take a wide variety of agricultural and non-agricultural courses, receiving in-depth training in the comparative biology of farm and companion animals. Two options are available within this major.

Animal Science, Technology, and Production

Students gain scientific, technological, and practical knowledge, and communication skills to make them productive members of the food production, animal care and related industries.

Visit the WSU Catalog for a list of required courses for this major and course descriptions.


This option prepares graduates to be successful in the biomedical or veterinary sciences, biotechnology or other science related fields.

Visit the WSU Catalog for a list of required courses for this major and course descriptions.

The WSU Animal Sciences department morphed me into the animal scientist and person I am today and taught me more than I could have ever imagined. The opportunities, hands-on experiences, friendships, and professor expertise are truly incredible. I am grateful to be a WSU Animal Sciences alumni.

Grace Whipple