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Animal Sciences


The School of Animal Sciences offers concentrations in animal production and animal products processing that provide individuals with a broad educational background tailored to meet their needs and aptitudes. The Animal Production concentration is a 4 year degree program that includes all aspects of live animal production and management, including livestock, horses, and companion animals. The Animal Products Processing concentration focuses on processing technology, quality assurance, and food safety for animal products intended for human consumption.  These concentrations provide graduates with employment opportunities in all phases of animal production, processing, distribution, marketing, research and teaching.

Concentrations in science and technology and pre-veterinary medicine also are provided for students interested in subsequent training at the graduate level or in veterinary medicine. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration is a 3 year program designed for academically competitive students to enter the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) after three years of specified undergraduate coursework. Eligible students apply to the LSU SVM during the junior year, and if accepted, the first year of veterinary medicine courses complete the requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree. Students who wish to pursue a 4 year degree prior to applying to vet school, or students who are not accepted to vet school after the junior year are advised to enter the concentration in Science and Technology.

Students follow a selected area of concentration depending on their area of interest and future career goals. Within each area of concentration, students select approved and free electives. Students interested in choosing an approved minor can take the suggested courses for the minor as part of their electives.

Prior to entering the program, students are encouraged to consult a counselor for guidance in scheduling courses. Those students interested in entering the School of Veterinary Medicine must take ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000; BIOL 1201 and BIOL 1208, BIOL 1202 and BIOL 1209, BIOL 2051, BIOL 2083 or BIOL 4087; CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202, and CHEM 1212; CHEM 2060 or CHEM 2261, MATH 1021 and MATH 1022 or MATH 1023 or MATH 1550; PHYS 2001 and PHYS 2002; and CMST 1061, CMST 2010, or CMST 2060 to meet admission requirements.

Graduates of the animal sciences curriculum find career opportunities in a variety of production enterprises and animal-related agribusinesses, such as commercial livestock, dairy, and poultry enterprises; feed, pharmaceutical, and supply companies; commodity processing and food product industries; and various state and federal agencies including the cooperative extension service. Students selecting the science-directed electives are prepared to enter graduate school or professional school.

These are the curriculum by concentration offered in the animal science degree program:


View the LSU General Catalog for more information on course recommendations. 


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