Cal Poly Pomona



The Department of Animal Science endeavors to train its majors to understand and critically evaluate production and companion animal nutrition, health status and physiology. The depth and breadth of these programs should adequately prepare them for graduate/professional school or a career in industry.

Program Goals

  • It is the goal of the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Program to provide the students with the scientific knowledge and training that would allow them to enter veterinary school, graduate school or a scientific career in the animal sciences.
  • The program will endeavor to provide our students the critical thinking skills necessary to solve complex, interdisciplinary problems which impact animals, people and their environment.
  • The program will promote professionalism and leadership skills, preparing our graduates for professional school, graduate school and scientific careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1.  The students will have the knowledge of domesticated production and companion animal nutrition, health status and physiology.

*Student Learning Outcome Competencies for SLO # 1.

At the time of graduation, an Animal Science student should be able to master and demonstrate core discipline knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Large animal ethology and animal husbandry skills
  • Small and companion animal ethology and animal husbandry skills
  • Large and small animal nutrition knowledge
  • Mammalian animal genetics
  • Animal reproduction
  • Veterinary  medical sciences: endocrinology, immunology, pharmacology and biotechnology applications
  • Animal diseases and herd health
  • Food safety principles
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Basic animal research techniques and methodology

Student learning measures:  Formative assessment; Students will score 70% or better to advance to the next level of summative assessment.  Senior Summative Assessment; Students will score 70% or better on the senior exit examination.   Individual areas of deficiencies will be assessed.

Senior Student projects will be evaluated.  Students will score 70% or better to meet the assessment criteria of this SLO

SLO #2.  The students will learn to evaluate and understand the factors that influence the impact of animal health, animal welfare and animal care on; other animals, people, society and the environment.

*Student Learning Competencies for SLO # 2.               

At the time of graduation students will have knowledge of and be able to critically evaluate the factors affecting:

  • Zoonotic diseases and their relationships to people and society.
  • Production animals and the environment.
  • Companion animals and their influence upon society.
  • The human animal bond.
  • The ethical issues surrounding the use of animals for food, fiber and research.
  • A scientific approach to the evaluation of animal life by society.

Program Assessment