Integrative Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences students study reproduction, genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, biotechnology, and management of livestock species. They also study animal sourced food processing. Increasingly, Animal Sciences students also take additional courses in communication, education, business economics, environmental science, and data science. Animal Sciences graduates often work with the science and business of producing domestic livestock species or animal-related products. Many Animal Sciences students prepare to pursue veterinary studies or graduate studies for future work with companion animals, livestock, or other species.

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 obtain a customized degree in animal sciences with a focus on a discipline rather than an animal species and are not pursuing a professional program in the health sciences. Examples include integration of the Animal Sciences with advanced training in artificial intelligence, or reproduction, or animal behavior, or environmental sciences. By choosing appropriate electives, students can earn a minor, or a dual-major in other fields.

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.



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


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


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


  • Complete all critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • Complete ANS 3006 and ANS 3006L
  • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required




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
BSC 2010
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement) 3
MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Humanities with Diversity 3
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
AEC 3030C
Effective Oral Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
BSC 2011
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (Critical Tracking; 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
Select one: 3
Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Writing Requirement)
Technical Writing
ANS 2090 Survey of Veterinary Professions (or ANS 2XXX Careers in Animal Sciences) 2
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
Elective 3
Semester Four
MCB 2000
and Microbiology Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Gen Ed Diversity with International 3
Approved electives 5
Semester Five
ANS 3006
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory (Critical Tracking)
ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANS Advisor approved electives 6
Semester Six
ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals (Critical Tracking) 4
ANS 3384C Genetics of Domestic Animals 3
ANS Advisor approved electives 4
Approved electives 4
Summer After Semester Six
ANS 4941 Full-Time Practical Work Experience in Animal Science (Critical Tracking) 3-8
Semester Seven
ANS 3043 Growth and Development of Farm Animals (Critical Tracking) 3
ANS 4931 Senior Seminar 1
ANS Advisor approved electives 10
Semester Eight
ANS 4905 Problems in Animal Science (Capstone Experience) 2
ANS Advisor approved electives 11
 Total Credits120


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