What will I learn?

Animal science is the study of domestic animals including livestock species (beef, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, sheep and swine) and companion animals. You will learn about their nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health.

Animal science is a versatile major. You will study concepts from production to processing, and learn about the value associated with livestock and domestic animals. Whether you plan to attend veterinary school, run a ranch, work for an animal health company, work in communications or anything in between, there is an option that will fit your interests.

Career paths

Animal scientists apply the principles of biological and social sciences to animal nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior and health. Livestock production systems, animal management and husbandry, animal products, and much more are part of the study of animal science: Animal welfare specialist; Extension educator; Feed salesperson; Feedlot operator; Herd manager; Livestock producer; Lobbyist; Marketing and sales consultant; Medical doctor/physical therapist/dentist/etc; Pharmaceutical representative; Research scientist; Veterinarian.


Animal science students are able to receive valuable hands-on experience at the department’s 15 farms and research facilities encompassing 13,000 acres.

Fast fact

The department sponsors five judging teams: dairy cattle, horse, livestock, meat and meat animal evaluation. The teams have a combined total of more than 40 national championships – more than any other university in the country.

Undergraduate research opportunities

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholars Program provides students with valuable hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, research technicians and research unit managers. The program builds a solid foundation in research methods to better prepare students for industry and academic careers in animal or food sciences.

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,220.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 August 2020


College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

136 Agricultural Hall,

Oklahoma State University,



74078, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high School GPA 3.0+ (based on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

International students qualify for assured admission if they meet the following criteria: English-language proficiency exams: iBT TOEFL Score: 61+ or IELTS Academic Score 5.5+ and; High School GPA 3.0+ (based on a 4.0 scale).

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About this uni

Everyone who works and lives at OSU is committed to creating an exceptional educational, residential and social experience for all who study there.

  • Home to students from more than 100 countries
  • The university has a global alumni network
  • Over USD 320 million is given every year to scholarships
  • Stillwater is a safe, friendly and affordable place to live