Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Students interact with horses in an Animal Science course.
Students in professor John Parrish’s Animal Science 375: Equine Reproductive Management class work with the animals in the Horse Barn facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Photo by Bryce Richter)

Advisor: Contact Kathy Monson at 608-263-5225 or to get assigned a faculty advisor who meets your academic interests. Departmental Office is located at 260 Animal Science Building (608-263-4300 or 608-263-4514),

Field of Study: Animal Sciences students learn to transcend discipline and think critically to solve today’s most pressing problems. As part of a well-rounded, world-class education, all students in Animal Sciences will study the “whole-animal” in the context of animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, reproduction and animal health.

Two areas of emphasis allow students to customize their learning experience to their career goals: Business and Science. Students in the Business emphasis option will study essential business skills including managing human resources, accounting, economics, marketing and finance. These students will be challenged with integrating business skills with their understanding of animal biology and management to navigate dynamic changes in agribusiness. Having a strong basis in agriculture, meat processing and animal production will allow these students to apply their business skills in unique agricultural areas.

Students in the Science emphasis option will become competent in the knowledge and application of the physical, chemical and natural sciences to animal biology. Math, physics, chemistry and biochemistry are woven into this option to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of these disciplines in the context of animal health, production and diagnostics. Throughout their education, science emphasis students will use critical and creative thinking, scientific reasoning, problem solving, teamwork and technical knowledge to evaluate the current understanding of animal biology and management.
Possible Careers: Veterinary School, meat industry, graduate school, agribusiness, laboratory animal research, production agriculture, companion animal industry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, international agriculture, medical school.

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

  • Curricular options in Natural Science and Business
  • Hands-on contact with a variety of large animals
  • Individual attention from academic advisors
  • Saddle and Sirloin Club, many leadership opportunities
  • Animal care and laboratory employment.
  • Cargill/Benevenga Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • Meat-Animal Evaluation and Animal Welfare teams
  • Academic Quadrathlon competition

Selected Required Courses for the B.S. Degree

  • Intro Biology: Biology 151-152; or Biocore
  • Calculus: Math 221 for the Science Emphasis (not required the Business Emphasis)
  • General Chemistry: Chem 103-104; or Chem 109
  • Organic Chemistry: Chem 343, 344, and 345
  • Physics: Physics 103-104; or Physics 201-202; or Physics 207-208
  • Statistics: 301, 371, or 571