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Agricultural Science, BS - Animal Science Option

Degree in Animal Science

Apply the life sciences to the study of domestic farm animal livestock — including reproduction, genetics, nutrition and physiology — with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, with a focus on Animal Science from the University of Central Missouri. 

An Animal Science bachelor’s degree that combines academic and practical, production-based knowledge of farm animal livestock

The ag industry is one of the largest in the world — with agriculture, food and related industries contributing millions of dollars each year to the U.S. gross domestic product. Our growing field needs animal science majors who understand the science that drives production techniques for the farm animal livestock industry. 

A flexible bachelor’s degree in Animal Science

Take classes at our Warrensburg campus as a full- or part-time student. Majoring in Animal Science as a full-time student means you can graduate with an Animal Science bachelor’s degree in as little as four years.

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Dr. Kyle Lovercamp
Professor of Animal Science
Grinstead Building, Room G212
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8094

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Agriculture

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100% job placement rate for Class of ’19

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What you will study

While earning your Animal Science bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll explore thought-provoking topics in the genetics, health, nutrition and reproduction of animals. 

What helps set us apart from animal science colleges is our focus on preparing you for animal science careers through both classroom and lab instruction. Courses in animal science include:

  • Introduction to Animal Science: Your first semester on campus as a major in Animal Science starts with many hands-on activities, including halter-breaking a weaned calf. These experiences help you learn how to apply what you learn to careers in animal science and livestock production. 
  • Animal Nutrition: Test different feed diets for farm animal livestock, including beef cattle and goats. Measure growth performance by collecting weekly animal weights and learn technical skills by calculating average daily grain, feed efficiency and cost per pound of grain.
  • Reproduction of Farm Animals: Hands-on learning includes ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis, estrous synchronization and artificial insemination of livestock, including beef cattle and swine, and semen evaluation of livestock, including bulls and boars.


Unique learning opportunities majoring in Animal Science

Another reason we stand out from other animal science colleges is our focus on hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and in the field. At our Warrensburg campus, Animal Science majors get hands-on experience every semester.

  • Two UCM-owned farms: As an Animal Science major, you’ll gain hands-on experience working with the beef cattle, swine and goat herds at the two university farms located within 10 miles of campus in Warrensburg.
  • Internships: All Animal Science majors pursue an internship with a local agency, business or other agricultural organization during their time at UCM. Get a taste of what you can expect working in the animal science industry. 
  • Field trips and guest speakers: Connect and hear from guest speakers who work in the livestock industries around Missouri and the nation. You’ll also travel to agricultural companies and government agencies to gain first-hand insights into how agriculture-related businesses work.


What can you do with an Animal Science bachelor’s degree from UCM?

An undergraduate degree in Animal Science can lead to several career options throughout Missouri, the Midwest and the nation. For example, our graduates: 

  • Operate their own livestock farms
  • Work in the private industry for nutrition companies, pharmaceutical companies and reproductive and genetic companies
  • Manage herds on production farms
  • Lead government agencies in research and development facilities
  • Achieve advanced graduate degrees in animal science or veterinary medicine

More on animal science jobs

Discover what you can do with UCM’s Animal Science bachelor’s degree. Use the interactive tool below to explore outlooks on animal science jobs and salary expectations.




Financial assistance options for Animal Science majors

UCM is respected throughout Missouri and the Midwest as one of the more affordable public institutions, even among animal science colleges. We offer competitive tuition rates for our undergraduate degree in Animal Science, as well as opportunities and resources to help you finance your college education

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.

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