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Bachelor of Science in Animal Bio-Health Sciences

About This Program

The Animal Bio-Health Sciences (ABHS) Program encompasses the science and management of domestic species, including physiology, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, and health of livestock and pets. Our program is consistent with the institution’s land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension. With excellent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, work and research opportunities, the program has all the resources that are necessary to give students an education in the ever-growing field of Animal Sciences.

Our program has been carefully designed to provide practical skills balanced with basic scientific knowledge to qualify students from an urban or rural background for employment in a wide variety of animal-oriented occupations.

Different options are available in the Animal Bio-Health Sciences program including courses in anatomy and physiology, feeds and feeding, nutrition and metabolism, breeding and genetics, reproductive physiology, and production and management. In addition, the Animal Bio-Health Sciences program’s curriculum prepares students for admission to all veterinary colleges in the United States.


The degree in Animal Bio-Health Sciences (ABHS) allows for concentrations in other programs (see undergraduate bulletin for details). The ABHS program offers a minor to non-ABHS students for 18-19 credit hours from six courses. The ABHS concentration is available to non-ABHS students with 21-22 credit hours from seven courses.

Career Fields

The degree in Animal Bio-Health Sciences leads to a number of job opportunities. Employment opportunities are available in academia, government and industry. Students may gain employment in the beef, poultry, or dairy industries, sales, or attend professional/graduate school. Graduates from our program are employed by the government, industry, and have continued education in veterinarian school and pharmacy school where they have graduated and have successful careers.

  • Feed Manufacture, Sales and Technical Services
  • Pharmaceutical Sales and Technical Services
  • Animal Breeding Organizations
  • Biotechnology
  • Processing and Marketing of Livestock Products
  • Quality Control and Regulatory Compliance
  • Banking for Livestock and Pet Ventures
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Government Administrative or Technical Services
  • Or you may choose to continue your education and become one of the following professionals:
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Medical Doctor
  • Clinical Laboratory Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Research Professional

Department Information

Food & Animal Sciences

Contacts Information

Martha Verghese, Ph.D.,

Chair, Food & Animal Sciences
Carver Complex Thomas Wing, Room 125