Animal science involves the study of the biology of animals under the control of humans. The animals typically studied include livestock species, such as cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep. However, domesticated companion animals, such as dogs and cats, are often studied as well.
Students studying animal science will learn about animal behavior, nutrition, genetics, microbiology, physiology and reproduction as well as support areas that include agricultural economics, marketing, legal aspects and more.
Students pursuing an animal science degree at Delaware Valley University will be provided with a balanced mix of liberal arts, basic science and professional classes for each specialization. The University boasts its own livestock facilities on campus, which allows students to participate in hands-on learning opportunities that include caring, breeding and managing beef cattle, horses, sheep and swine.
Animal Science Specializations
Delaware Valley University offers two animal science specializations - livestock science and pre-professional animal science.
1. Livestock Science and Management
Livestock science and management involves the study of food and fiber producing animal management. Students that focus on livestock science and management as their animal science degree specialization will be provided with hands-on experience as well as more traditional in-class studies in courses that include Animal Feeding & Nutrition, Livestock Industries and Career, and the choice of several animal production electives, which involve the study of beef cattle, poultry, sheep and swine.
2. Pre-Professional Animal Science
Pre-professional animal science classes prepare students for graduate or professional veterinary programs. Some of these courses, which include microbiology and organic chemistry, are necessary for continued education in the animal science field. There are several other animal production electives to choose from as well.
Animal Science Career Opportunities
A degree in animal science will provide graduates with numerous career opportunities. In fact, Delaware Valley University boasts a 99 percent placement rate of employment within a half year of graduation. Graduates with an animal science degree have gone on to work in a number of different fields, including education, government and agribusiness as livestock farm managers, veterinary assistants, animal care technicians, lab technicians at pharmaceutical companies and more.