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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.

    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 3006C Introduction to Animal Science 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 from the lists below:

    • Lecture (4 credits minimum): ANS 2002, ANS 3251, ANS 3384, ANS 3404C, ANS 3405, ANS 3934, ANS 4615
    • Laboratory (4 credits minimum): ANS 3206, ANS 3217C, ANS 3239L, ANS 3250L, ANS 3613L, ANS 3634C, ANS 4231, ANS 4604C, ANS 4635C

    Free Electives

    Consider these pre-vet requirements
    Courses Credits
    AGR 3303 Genetics (3) or
    ANS 3384 Genetic Improvement of Farm Animals (3) or
    PCB 3063 Genetics (4) (GE-B)
    3-4
    PHY 2053 and 2053L Physics 1 (4) and Physics 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 5
    PHY 2054 and 2054L Physics 2 (4) and Physics 2 Laboratory (1) (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.

    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 3006C Introduction to Animal Science 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 3384 Genetic Improvement of Farm Animals 3
    Approved food and resource economics course 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 course 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

    Choose a minimum of two courses totaling at least three credits: ANS 3239L, ANS 4212L, ANS 4218L, ANS 4231, ANS 4241L, ANS 4605

    Approved Food and Resource Economics Courses

    Choose two: AEB 3122, AEB 3300, AEB 3341, AEB 3450, AEB 4085, AEB 4123, AEB 4124, AEB 4126, AEB 4136, AEB 4138, AEB 4242, AEB 4274, AEB 4342, AEB 4343, AEB 4424.

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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
    Back to Top

    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    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 3006C Introduction to Animal Science 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 3383L Application of Genetic Evaluation to the Livestock Industry 1
    ANS 3384 Genetic Improvement of Farm Animals 3
    ANS 3404C Food Animal Nutrition and Feeding 3
    ANS 3613L Livestock and Meat Evaluation 2
    Total 17
    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 course 3
    Total 12
    Semester 8 Credits
    ANS 4931 Senior Seminar 1
    Approved electives 6
    Approved food and resource economics course 3
    Elective 3
    Total 13
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    Approved Electives

    Choose 12 credits: ANS 3246L, ANS 3250L, ANS 3251, ANS 4243C, ANS 4245C, ANS 4604C, ANS 4605, ANS 4615, ANS 4635C, ANS 4905, ANS 5312C, FOS 4204, FOS 4222, FOS 4222L, FOS 4722C

    Approved Food and Resource Economics Courses

    Choose two: AEB 3122, AEB 3300, AEB 3315, AEB 3341, AEB 3450, AEB 4085, AEB 4123, AEB 4124, AEB 4126, AEB 4136, AEB 4138, AEB 4242, AEB 4274, AEB 4309, AEB 4342, AEB 4343, AEB 4424

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