• Students watching teacher treat a sheep
    Prepare for your dream career
    Students are able to prepare to become a veterinarian with a pre-veterinary medicine emphasis or take courses specific to their interests with the animal science emphasis.
  • Image of a cow
    Tours and Labs at Regional Farms
    Students take field trips to about 30 farms in the area to get exposure to a variety of farm environments.
  • student holding a lamb
    Animal Care
    Alumni say their experiences working with University-owned animal herds helped them, whether they went on to graduate or vet school or directly to a job.
  • Student caught a sheep
    Small Classes, Hands-on Labs
    Small class sizes and on-campus barns allow students to regularly work with and care for a variety of animals.
  • Student feeding goats as part of research project
    Gain Experience with a Variety of Animals
    Students work with a variety of animals including beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, sheep, hogs, and horses as part of their coursework and research projects.
  • A student is grading cows
    Conduct Research
    There are a number of opportunities to work with faculty to create and carry out research projects dealing with animal science topics such as feeding, care, and animal health.
  • students showing cattle
    Related Activities
    Campus activities like the annual Ag Arama in January allow students numerous opportunities to continue the joy of working with animals.

Animal Science

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Whether your goals lie in livestock production or veterinary school, we’ll help you get there. Explore a career in animal science as you work toward a degree that emphasizes science-based animal management and environmental systems along with current and emerging technologies and techniques. Follow your interests in livestock production and management or one of many other allied industries such as feed production, artificial insemination, and livestock or farm equipment support and sales. You can also work toward graduate or veterinary school or VetFast programs. 

Animal Science Exploration Days
Our Exploration Days are a great way to experience campus within your academic areas of interest. Come see first-hand what UMC has to offer with a tour of campus, facilities, and classrooms. Exploration Days also offer opportunities to explore programs through hands-on lab activities with faculty and students as well as speak with admissions counselors who are here to answer your questions. 

Animal Science Quick Facts (PDF)

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Key Features

Key Features

  • Apply the theory and skills learned in the classroom as you gain experience by working in the on-campus barns during labs with University-owned herds of beef cattle, goats, and sheep.
  • Class field trips include visits to approximately 30 farms where tours and labs are conducted. These farms include: Large and small dairy farms, organic farms, robotic farms, various swine operations, and beef ranches and feedlots.
  • Students develop and conduct original research with animal science faculty including reproductive management of livestock species and cost effective/nutritious feed alternatives for cattle.
  • International opportunities to visit farms in other countries to see how they operate, including trips to France.
  • This degree emphasizes science-based animal management along with current and emerging technologies and techniques.
  • Coursework includes computer skills and communications training, sales, and business management. Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees, but students have the option of taking courses specific to their interests. Options also exist for students who wish to pursue pre-veterinary studies.
  • Students have hands-on experience such as:
    • Ultrasounds
    • Lamb out sheep and calve out cows
    • Learn to give injections and draw blood
    • Handle and restrain animals
    • Equipment use
    • Terminology
    • Reproduction and feeds
  • Ask about the VetFAST Program

Overhead view of University Teaching and Outreach Center

  • The University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) is located on the north end of the campus. It houses the Animal and Equine Science faculty offices, networked classrooms, a science lab, and stables. LIvestock facilities are centrally located.
  • Choose from emphases in Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
  • Participate in animal-related clubs and professional organizations.

Did You Know? 

UMN Crookston pre-veterinary program has a placement rate for veterinary school
that is nearly four times the national average.

In the past five years (2013-2017) a total of 40% of UMC students who completed a pre-vet emphasis in Animal Science or Equine Science have gone on to attend veterinary school. The national average is approximately 10%. Some of those are already practicing veterinarians. (This percentage includes students who attended UMC via VETFAST and who may not have received their B.S. from UMC but who continued directly on to the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine.)

Professional Organizations

UMC is active within other organizations that offer many opportunities for students who enjoy animal judging. They include:

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Animal Science, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:

View Animal Science, BS curriculum

The Animal Science major offers two areas of emphasis:

  • Animal Science Emphasis
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Emphasis

Ask about the VetFAST program!

Also, we offer a minor in Animal Science

View Animal Science Minor curriculum

Associated Clubs & Organizations



Instructor and student ear tagging a cow in a cow shoot

A Wide Appeal 
More non-farm than farm-raised students are currently enrolled in animal industries programs nationwide. Virtually all jobs in animal production industries in the next century will require a bachelor's level degree. The Animal Science degree embraces that trend through the use of innovative teaching and delivery methods built around a framework of new and traditional animal science coursework.

Starting Salaries: $30,000 - $45,000
For a list of detailed salary trends within this field visit www.bls.gov

UMC's Animal Science graduates may pursue, and have obtained, careers in:

  • Agricultural lending
  • Animal health sales/marketing
  • Animal sales, marketing, and research
  • Animal nutrition
  • Artificial insemination
  • Breeder consultation
  • Corporate livestock or dairy operation
  • Dairy/livestock and farm equipment sales
  • Dairy/livestock farm or ranch ownership
  • Dairy inspection
  • Feed production
  • Feedlot environmental systems
  • Reproduction systems production and management
  • Research and lab technician
  • Small animal entrepreneurship
  • Veterinary assistantship
  • Zoos and kennels

Student Stories

Student Stories

Resendiz in ThailandSometimes, the obvious choice is the very best one. For Kennedy Resendiz, choosing the University of Minnesota Crookston was not only the best choice, it was the perfect choice for her. Resendiz grew up in Crookston and graduated from Crookston High School. She knew she wanted to major in animal science with a pre-vet emphasis, and attending the U of M Crookston offered her the preferred degree as well as the scholarships to help make it work. An added bonus has been the opportunity to study abroad on four trips. One even allowed her to work with elephants! “I would not change anything about my decision to go to school here,” she says. “In fact, I wish everyone could experience education like this.” Learn more.

abbey in barnWith hints of spring in the air, Abby Garin is excited to graduate but maybe even more excited to head back to the track. It has been part of her spring routine since she was 15 years old. For the animal science major from Andover, Minn., racing fever is something of a family legacy. Her grandfather and father have a history in the sport, and Garin grew up at the racetrack. Learn more.


Mazie PiniFor University of Minnesota Crookston student Mazie Pini, riding is second nature and riding competitively is something she has enjoyed since she was an early teen. When it came time for Pini to go to college, she had two primary selection criteria: She wanted to attend a college with a hunt seat team and one with a major in animal science that would lead to her goal to study veterinary medicine. The U of M Crookston offered both. Learn more.


lexie ogdahlIn grade school, she hoped to be a veterinarian during the week and an archaeologist on the weekends. Lofty goals to be sure, but after meeting Lexie Ogdahl, you realize if anyone could achieve those goals, she can. The animal science major from Medina, Minn., chose the University of Minnesota Crookston because of its size and her desire to work hands-on. Learn more.


buchhop holding lamb

A soon-to-be University of Minnesota Crookston alumna is headed to graduate school. Heather Buchhop, Cary, Ill., knows hard work pays off as she double majors in animal science, (pre-veterinary emphasis) and biology with a minor in chemistry and graduate school at Purdue University just months away. Learn more.


student Maggie MillsThe campus tagline “Small Campus. Big Degree.” is not the only thing the University of Minnesota Crookston offers Maggie Mills, an animal science and communication double major from Lake City, Minn. “You gain a solid education, and a caring supportive system that is there to help you grow and thrive,” she says. Learn more.



Catie Brown in a lab

It is difficult to find an open spot on Catherine “Catie” Brown’s calendar. The University of Minnesota Crookston Animal Science major is finishing her final semester classes, engaged in undergraduate research, leading the tennis team as its captain, and to top it off, applying to veterinary medicine programs. Learn more.



Seniors enrolled in their capstone animal science course at the U of M Crookston talk about their experiences in the major and in general on campus. This video was captured during spring semester 2015 by student communications assistant Monika Sweet. 

Abby Griffin

Junior Abby Griffin, an animal science major at the University of Minnesota Crookston talks about her experience in "More than Monkey Business" PDF File Icon from the Spring 2014 version of the Torch magazine

Ben Wuebkers, an animal science student at the U of M Crookston, tells why he chose to attend the Crookston campus and discusses his impressions of the Animal Science Program and its faculty. He is from Upsala, Minnesota.

Emily Krull, a double major in animal and equine science at the U of M Crookston, talks about her experiences as a student and why she chose to attend UMC. She is from Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Originally from Sartell, Minnesota, Tony Dank '10 graduated from UMC with bachelor's degrees in animal science and equine science. He is currently studying veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Also read his article "'Knew' as the Romans 'Knew'" PDF File Iconin the Fall 2010 version of the Torch magazine

Nicole Sorlie

Junior Nicole Sorlie says, "I was especially interested in the animal science program because students have an opportunity to work with large animals." Read more about Nicole in "Running keeps Animal Science Major on her Toes"PDF File Icon in the Summer 2011 article in the Torch magazine

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

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Lab Services Coordinator
(218) 281-8105
(218) 281-8108
Farm Animal Attendant
(218) 281-8106
Assistant Professor
(218) 281-8125
Assistant Professor
(218) 281-8115
(218) 281-8107
Visiting Teaching Instructor , Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence
(218) 281-8279
Professor (retired), Professor Emeritus
(218) 281-8110
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