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    Animal Sciences

    Potential careers for animal sciences majors include livestock production (beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry and horses), livestock processing and utilization (meat, milk, performance and recreation), allied service industries (feed, health care, genetics, equipment, supplies, marketing, promotion, finance and education) and preparation for graduate or veterinary medical school.

    About this Major

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

    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.

    Animal Biology

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    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.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • Complete 1 of 5 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, CHM 2046/2046L, MAC 2311
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    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
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    Model Semester Plan

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Elective 3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 2 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion
    GE-C
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    Total 17
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) or
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    3
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    Electives 9
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    MAC 2311 Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S; N
    3
    Electives 4
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    ANS 3006 Introduction to Animal Science, 3 credits, and
    ANS 3006L Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    Elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology of Domestic Animals 4
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory, 2 credits
    5
    Approved elective 3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    ANS 3043 Growth and Development of Farm Animals 3
    BCH 3025 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
    BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Approved elective 3
    Elective 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    MCB 3020 Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 3 credits, and
    MCB 3020L Laboratory for Basic Biology of Microorganisms, 1 credit
    4
    Approved elective 2
    Electives 8
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives

    Students must take a minimum of 8 credits of ANS courses in addition to the ANS courses identified above; 4 credits each of lecture and laboratory courses.

    Courses Credits
    Lecture
    ANS 2002 The Meat We Eat 3
    ANS 2615C Meat Selection and Grading 2
    ANS 3251 Biology and Management of Dairy Cattle 2
    ANS 3384C Genetics of Domestic Animals 3
    ANS 3404C Food Animal Nutrition and Feeding 3
    ANS 3405 Equine Nutrition and Feeding Management 2
    ANS 3934 Careers in the Livestock Industry 2
    Laboratory
    ANS 3217C Equine Health Management 2
    ANS 3239L Techniques in Equine Science 2
    ANS 3250L Dairy Cattle Practicum 2
    ANS 3613L Livestock and Meat Evaluation 2
    ANS 3634C Meats 3
    ANS 4231 Practicum in Horse Management and Training Technique 1
    ANS 4604C Live Animal Evaluation 2
    ANS 4635C Meat Processing 3

    Electives

    Consider these pre-vet requirements
    Courses Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics, 3 credits, or
    ANS 3384C Genetics of Domestic Animals, 3 credits, or
    PCB 3063 Genetics, 4 credits (GE-B)
    3-4
    PHY 2053 Physics 1, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2053L Laboratory for Physics 1, 1 credit (GE-P)
    5
    PHY 2054 Physics 2, 4 credits, and
    PHY 2054L Laboratory for Physics 2, 1 credit (GE-P)
    5
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    Equine

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Career preparation can be strengthened through electives.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, MAC 1147, STA 2023, and AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

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

    Semester 3

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

    Semester 4

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

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking course, including labs
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    Model Semester Plan

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H; D
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    3
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4
    ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion
    GE-C
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    Total 17
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) or
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B/P
    4
    Electives 8
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    MCB 2000 Microbiology, 3 credits, and
    MCB 2000L Microbiology Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics
    GE-M
    3
    Electives 5
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    ANS 3006 Introduction to Animal Science, 3 credits, and
    ANS 3006L Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    ANS 3217C Equine Health Management 2
    ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
    ANS 3934 Careers in the Livestock Industry 2
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
    ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals 4
    ANS 3384C Genetics of Domestic Animals 3
    Approved food and resource economics elective
    3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    ANS 4941 Full-Time Practical Work Experience in Animal Science 3-8
    Total 3-8
    Semester 7 Credits
    ANS 3043 Growth and Development of Farm Animals 3
    ANS 3405 Equine Nutrition and Feeding Management 2
    Approved equine practicum elective 2
    Approved food and resource economics elective
    3
    Electives 4
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    ANS 3079L Relationship of Form to Function in Horses 2
    ANS 4234 Horse Enterprise Management 2
    ANS 4931 Senior Seminar 1
    Approved equine practicum elective 1
    Electives 7
    Total 13
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    Approved Equine Practicum Electives

    Courses Credits
    ANS 3239L Techniques in Equine Science 2
    ANS 4212L Techniques in Farrier Science 1-2
    ANS 4218L Horse Psychology and Training 3
    ANS 4231 Practicum in Horse Management and Training Technique 1
    ANS 4241L Intermediate Horse Training 2
    ANS 4605 Animal and Products Evaluation 1

    Approved Food and Resource Economics Electives

    Courses Credits
    AAEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically 3
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3
    AEB 4085 Agricultural Risk Management and the Law 3
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics 3
    AEB 4138 Advanced Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture 3
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management 3
    AEB 4343 International Agribusiness Marketing 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness 3
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    Food Animal

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Through proper selection of electives, students may emphasize beef, dairy or meat science. Career preparation can be strengthened through electives.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses, excluding labs: BSC 2010/2010L, BSC 2011/2011L, CHM 2045/2045L, MAC 1147, STA 2023, and AEB 2014 or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

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

    Semester 3

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

    Semester 4

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

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking course, including labs
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    Model Semester Plan

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B/P
    4
    ​ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3​​
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H; D
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    3
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    State Core GE-S
    4​​
    ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion
    GE-C
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    Total 17
    Semester 3 Credits
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) or
    ENC 2210 Technical Writing
    3
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-P
    4
    Electives 8
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    MCB 2000 Microbiology, 3 credits, and
    MCB 2000L Microbiology Laboratory, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Electives 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 13
    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    ANS 3006 Introduction to Animal Science, 3 credits, and
    ANS 3006L Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory, 1 credit
    4
    ANS 3440 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
    ANS 3634C Meats 3
    ANS 3934 Careers in the Livestock Industry 2
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    AGR 4231C Forage Science and Range Management 4
    ANS 3319C Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology in Domestic Animals 4
    ANS 3384C Genetics of Domestic Animals 3
    ANS 3404C Food Animal Nutrition and Feeding 3
    ANS 3613L Livestock and Meat Evaluation 2
    Total 16
    Summer Credits
    ANS 4941 Full-Time Practical Work Experience in Animal Science 3-8
    Total 3-8
    Semester 7 Credits
    ANS 3043 Growth and Development of Farm Animals 3
    Approved electives 6
    Approved food and resource economics elective
    3
    Total 12
    Semester 8 Credits
    ANS 4931 Senior Seminar 1
    Approved electives 6
    Approved food and resource economics elective 3
    Electives 4
    Total 14
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    Approved Electives

    Courses Credits
    ANS 2615C Meat Selection and Grading 2
    ANS 3246L Beef Production Practicum 2
    ANS 3250L Dairy Cattle Practicum 2
    ANS 3251 Biology and Management of Dairy Cattle 2
    ANS 4243 Beef Cow-Calf Management 5
    ANS 4245C Beef Background and Feedlot Management 2
    ANS 4604C Live Animal Evaluation 2
    ANS 4605 Animal and Products Evaluation 1
    ANS 4635C Meat Processing 3
    ANS 4905 Problems in Animal Science 1-3
    ANS 5312C Applied Ruminant Reproductive Management 3
    FOS 4222 Food Microbiology 3-4
    FOS 4222L Food Microbiology Laboratory 2
    FOS 4722C Quality Control in Food Systems 3

    Approved Food and Resource Economics Electives

    Courses Credits
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning for Agribusiness 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3315 Futures Markets and Risk Management in Agriculture 3
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically 3
    AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3
    AEB 4085 Agricultural Risk Management and the Law 3
    AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law 3
    AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics 3
    AEB 4138 Advanced Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture 3
    AEB 4309 Food Wholesaling and Retail Marketing 3
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management 3
    AEB 4343 International Agribusiness Marketing 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness 3
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majors: animal-sciences