Undergraduates

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

2016 Fall Newsletter

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:

Student Learning Outcome 1.  Students will be able to recall, integrate and apply essential core information about the Key components of Animal Production.  As part of the Animal Science curriculum, students are required to focus part of their attention on the production systems of two different species, which include all of our traditional commodities and companion animals. While the production of each species required different methods, this outcome will address understanding of production methods in general terms because each student completes a different series production classes. 

Student Learning Outcome 2.  Students will be able to recall, integrate and apply essential core information about the key components of Animal Reproduction.  Reproduction is a basic part of Animal Science.  Production of traditional animal species requires knowledge, background and understanding in the both the academic and applied functions of the reproduction process.  

Student Learning Outcome 3.  Students will be able to recall, integrate and apply essential core information about the key components of Animal Nutrition.  Nutrition is a basic part of Animal Science.  The Nutrition of traditional animal species is well understood requires knowledge, background and understanding in the both the chemistry and biochemistry as well as the practicality of formulation animal diets.  

Student Learning Outcome 4.  Students will be able to recall, integrate and apply essential core information about the key components of Animal Genetics and Breeding.  Genetics is a basic part of Animal Science.  Understanding the basics of genetics and the consequences of breeding are an important part of the overall production of traditional animal species and requires knowledge, background and understanding in the both the molecular and applied functions of the genetics and breeding.

Student Learning Outcome 5.  Students will be able to recall, integrate and apply essential core information about the ethical and behavioral components of Animal production.  In recent years the world view of animal has changed dramatically.  Understanding the behavior of traditional animal species and the ethical implications of production methods of these species is critical as students move into industry.     

Within the Rangeland Sciences undergraduate degree:

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of ecological processes responsible for ecosystem function in arid/semi-arid environments.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the hydrologic cycle and describe the factors that influence hydrology in arid/semi-arid environments.
  • Students will be able to design a sustainable grazing management plan, a wildlife habitat restoration plan, or address a specific related issue using a systems approach. 
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use and competency using common rangeland analysis methods.
  • Students will be able to identify a subset of up to 100 rangeland plants, correctly spell both common and scientific names, and describe plant species auto-ecological characteristics.  

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 

 

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