Undergraduates

For more information, contact the undergraduate lead academic advisor: Dodi Reesman or by calling (541) 737-4761.

Read our Fall 2013 Undergraduate Newsletter (pdf)

Read our Animal Science First-Year Experience Infosheet (pdf)

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences, students will gain knowledge and experiences that will:

  • Help them to understand a complex world in the form of a basic understanding in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Give students a broad perspective of domestic animals from their pets at home to the livestock and poultry species that provide a majority of the protein in the human diet.
  • Gain knowledge on the complexities of how the basic sciences relate to the production of animal food products, such as meat, milk and eggs.
  • Give students an understanding of the similarities and differences of the production of the major animal commodities, and help them to understand how animal production methods have evolved.
  • Give students an appreciation of the basic and applied scientific disciplines of, Nutrition, Physiology, Genetics, and Behavior and how they relate to domestic animal management and production.
  • Appreciate the complexities of animal production and its relationship to the ethics of the modern world.

Within the Rangeland Sciences undergraduate degree:

  • Curriculum prepares students to think critically and understand interactions between plants, animals, soils, and climate.
  • Courses qualify students for professional career paths.
  • Students have opportunities to travel and experience real-world examples of Rangeland Management.
  • Students are taught by nationally recognized teachers
  • Opportunities exist to make life-long friends.

Animal Sciences

There are two paths one can take to get a degree in Animal Sciences. The Pre-Vet Med / Science Option is designed for students who are pursuing a degree with the intent to move on toward vet school or other graduate-level coursework. The Animal Management Option is geared more toward students wanting to graduate with a bachelor's degree and move into industry-level positions. However, students may still apply for graduate school with the Animal Management Option (just not vet school). Neither degree is necessarily "better" than the other, and they do share many similarities. Please discuss both options with your advisor to select which may be right for you.

Animal Sciences Major Options (for students entering in Fall 2012 or later)

Animal Sciences Major Options (for students entering prior to Fall 2012)

  • Pre-Vet Med/Science option (doc)
  • Animal Management option (doc): Emphasis areas in beef, behavior/bioethics, dairy, equine, poultry, and sheep (note that emphasis areas do not appear on your transcripts)
  • No option (doc)

Here are some examples of possible coursework for an Animal Sciences option.

Here are some examples of possible coursework for a Pre-Vet Medicine option.

Animal Sciences Minor: a combination of any 12 lower division Animal Sciences courses and any 15 upper division Animal Sciences courses.

Rangeland Sciences

All Rangeland students must take 180 credit hours for an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree. These credits include

  • 51 credit hours of writing, math, and sciences within the Baccalaureate Core
  • 102 credit hours of chemistry, math, biology, economics, animal science, and rangeland science within the Rangeland Ecology and Management Core
  • Class checklist (Word doc)
  • 27 credit hours in a range option or emphasis area (options checklists, Word doc)
    • Range Science option
    • Range/Forestry/Fire Management option
    • Range/Soils option
    • Range Management option
    • Range/Wildlife option
    • Wildland Ecology option
    • No option

Rangeland Sciences Minor (note that completion of this minor alone does not qualify students for Rangeland Conservationist positions with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)).

Here is an example of a possible four-year Rangeland Sciences degree.

Online Courses

While the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences does not currently offer any online degrees or certificates, we do offer a number of both Animal Sciences and Rangeland Sciences classes through OSU Ecampus.

Resources for Undergraduate Students