The animal science major at Cal Poly has been carefully designed to provide practical livestock exposure balanced with a broad science requirement to qualify students from an urban background for employment in a wide variety of animal-oriented occupations. Options leading to a bachelor of science degree are available in pre-veterinary science, animal management, animal agri-business, animal health science and equine industries. Flexibility in course selection allows students to select species-related courses in horses, swine, sheep, beef cattle and companion animals as well as meat science.
The Animal Science department curriculum emphasizes management practices involved with the selection, feeding, breeding, production, marketing and utilization of domestic animals. The courses are designed to qualify students for employment in the science and business phases of the animal industry. Practical laboratory experience in the various production courses which, coupled with a broad science background, prepares students for employment in a wide variety of animal related occupations.
The Animal Industry-Agribusiness Option prepares students for management positions in the production and marketing of animal agri-business products. Particular emphasis is given to agri-businesses needing animal expertise as part of their management or marketing team. The option is of particular value to the student planning to teach agriculture at the secondary level or to serve in less developed countries.
The Animal Industry-Equine Option is designed to prepare students for employment in related agri-business opportunities in the equine industry. The option combines coursework in equine production, nutrition, genetics, and diseases, with studies in the management aspects of an equine enterprise.
The Pre-Veterinary Science/Graduate School Option satisfies requirements for admission to veterinary or graduate school, for related medical technical fields and for graduate study in animal nutrition, meat science, animal breeding and animal physiology.
The Animal Health Science degree program prepares students to become veterinary nurses and to sit for state and national animal health accreditation agencies and licensing agency exams. Graduates with this option can pursue careers as veterinary assistants in public and private facilities or as veterinary technologists in public health organizations and research institutions.
The Physiology Minor is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers in biomedical fields utilizing a knowledge of physiology.
The Quantitative Research Minor is another interdisciplinary program that prepares students to conduct quantitative analyses in their field using statistics, principles of experimental design, survey and data analysis techniques.
Listed below are some of the specific job titles available for graduates in this major: