Animal Studies Major

Get the answers to your FAQs about courses, concentrations and online bachelor's degree options available to animal studies majors. Explore career options and salary information for animal scientists and veterinary support staff. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take?

You may choose a general animal science major or you may opt for a concentration in large animal science, livestock management, small animal science or equine science. Despite the specialization, you'll study animal physiology, biometrics, genetics, zoology and animal nutrition. If you haven't already earned an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in another subject and transferred credits to this major, you'll be required to complete general education credits to earn your degree. General education courses include a foreign language, history, literature, philosophy or religion, science and communications.

Common CoursesAnimal physiology, biometrics, genetics, zoology, animal nutrition
Possible CareersVeterinary technician, farm manager, research technician, livestock marketing specialist
Technology RequirementsUpdated computer, internet access, email, video conferencing capabilities
Salary$31,070* (median salary for veterinary technicians in 2014) and $61,110* (median salary for animal scientists in 2014)

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Do With an Animal Science Bachelor's Degree?

With a bachelor's degree in animal science, you may become a veterinary technician, farm manager, research technician or livestock marketing specialist. If you're interested in becoming a veterinarian, a bachelor's degree in animal science is a common starting point. Upon graduating from the bachelor's degree program, you may transfer credits to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program or to an animal science graduate degree program if you prefer a career in research.

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Both animal science and veterinary technology bachelor's degree programs may be taken through distance-learning venues. If you choose to earn your degree online, you'll use such tools as virtual classroom software, e-mail, video conferencing and message boards. These tools supply you with lectures, allow you to participate in class discussions, and permit the receipt and submission of assignments.

Some distance-learning animal science degree programs are hybrid programs, meaning that occasional on-campus attendance is required. These programs may also include an internship that you must complete prior to graduation.

What Is the Job Outlook for Animal Science Degree Holders?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary technologists are expected to have excellent job opportunities between 2014 and 2024 ( The BLS issued a report stating that veterinary technologists earned a median annual wage of $31,070 in 2014..

A graduate degree in animal science is usually required for university positions, but you may use your bachelor's degree to work in the private industry. The BLS reported an annual median wage of $61,110 for animal scientists in 2014.

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