Animal Biology

Animal Sciences graduates work with the science and business of producing domestic livestock species or animal-related products. They may also pursue veterinary studies for future work with companion animals, livestock, or other species. Animal Sciences students study biotechnology, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, management, and food processing.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Animal Sciences creates new solutions to tomorrow's problems in the areas of teaching, research, and extension, by integrating the most modern technologies available with personal expertise and attention to the needs of both students and industry.


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This specialization is for students who wish to pursue professional or graduate programs. Students who plan to apply to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in the equine, food animal or mixed-practice tracks are encouraged to select electives from the animal sciences programs.

By choosing appropriate electives, students can earn a minor or a dual major in agribusiness management, extension education or agricultural operations management while completing the degree requirements for the equine or food animal specialization.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • Complete CHM 2210 with minimum grade of C attained within two attempts (including withdrawals)
  • Complete ANS 3006 and ANS 3006L
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Elective 3
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
AEC 3030C
Effective Oral Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
CHM 2046
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 4
ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (Gen Ed Composition) 3
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
AEC 3033C
Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Writing Requirement)
or Technical Writing
BSC 2010
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
Electives 6
Semester Four
BSC 2011
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
Gen Ed Diversity or International 3
Electives 4
Semester Five
ANS 3006
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory (Critical Tracking)
ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Elective 3
Semester Six
ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals (Critical Tracking) 4
CHM 2211
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Approved elective 3
Elective 3
Semester Seven
ANS 3043 Growth and Development of Farm Animals (Critical Tracking) 3
BCH 3025
Fundamentals of Biochemistry 1
or Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Approved elective 3
Elective 3
Semester Eight
MCB 3020
Basic Biology of Microorganisms
and Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms (Critical Tracking)
Approved elective 2
Electives 8
 Total Credits120

BCH 3025 does not meet Veterinary, Medical, or Dental School requirements.

Students must take a minimum of 8 credits of ANS courses in addition to the ANS courses listed in the model semester plan; 4 credits each of lecture and laboratory courses.

ANS 2002The Meat We Eat3
ANS 3008Livestock Behavior and Welfare3
ANS 2615CIntroduction to livestock and meat evaluation3
ANS 3251Biology and Management of Dairy Cattle2
Select one: 3
Genetics of Domestic Animals
ANS 3404CFood Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ANS 3405Equine Nutrition and Feeding Management2
ANS 3934Careers in the Livestock Industry2
ANS 4243Beef Cow-Calf Management5
ANS 4245CBeef Background and Feedlot Management2
ANS 4382Equine Genetics2
ANS 4701Physiology of the Mammary Gland and Lactation2
ANS 4931Senior Seminar1
ANS 4318CEquine Reproductive Management3
ANS 4623CPork Production3
ANS 3217CEquine Health Management2
ANS 3239LTechniques in Equine Science2
ANS 3246LBeef Production Practicum2
ANS 3250LDairy Cattle Practicum2
ANS 3634CMeats3
ANS 4212LTechniques in Farrier Science1-2
ANS 4231Practicum in Horse Management and Training Technique1
ANS 4635CMeat Processing3

Animal sciences majors receive a broad education in the healthy production of animals and animal products. Students' knowledge will be developed through formal courses, laboratories and field trips and will be applied in internships, team projects and presentations. Students will develop the ability to apply conceptual knowledge to solve problems in animal production and to make management decisions.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass the animal sciences competency exam, given in three parts. One part will be given in each of these required courses:
    ANS 3006Introduction to Animal Science3
    ANS 3043Growth and Development of Farm Animals3
    ANS 3319CReproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals4
  • Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty committee.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


  1. Describe and explain fundamental concepts, skills and processes in animal sciences.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts, skills and processes in animal sciences.

Critical Thinking

  1. Critically evaluate information (or data) in animal sciences.
  2. Solve problems in animal sciences.


  1. Effectively communicate in written form in a manner appropriate in animal sciences.
  2. Effectively communicate orally in a manner appropriate in animal sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6
AEC 3030C I, R, A
AEC 3033C I, R, A
ANS 3006 I I R
ANS 3043 R R I R R
ANS 3319C R R I I, R R
ANS 4931 R R R R R R
Academic Assessment Exam A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Grades
  • Academic assessment exam
    • Students in the equine specialization must complete a case study in ANS 4234
    • Students in the food animal specialization must complete an economic assessment plan in ANS 3613C