Associate of Science in Animal Science

General

Program Description

The Animal Science curriculum provides a foundation in biological and physical sciences, augmented by applications to production in western environments. It prepares students to transfer into an advanced degree program in any of several options within animal science. Graduates find employment in feed and health product companies, livestock management and marketing, breed associations, government agencies, or the meat industry.

Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program may need to have additional hours beyond the program requirements at Northwest College in order to transfer in as a junior. These students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog.

Sample Careers:

  • Livestock manager or marketer
  • Breed association representative
  • Brand/Meat inspector
  • Feed and pharmaceutical manufacturer
  • Animal researcher
  • Kennel keeper/gamekeeper
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal breeding technician
  • Feed and health-product company employee

Program-specific Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate, orally and in writing, on agriculture issues
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to productively participate as part of a team
  • Students will exhibit ability to research, analyze, and critically evaluate production agriculture issues

Core Courses

  • AGRI 1101 - Agriculture First Year Seminar (2)
  • AGEC 1010 - Agricultural Economics I (3)
  • ANSC 1024 - Introduction to Animal Science (4)
  • AGEC 2020 - Farm and Ranch Business Management (4)
  • ANSC 2430 - Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals (4)
  • AGRI 2395 - Agriculture Capstone Project (2) (Capstone Course)
  • or AECL 2395 - Agriculture Science Research Methods (2) (Capstone Course)

Total Core Courses: 19 Credits

Core Electives

Students must take at least five credits from the following list.

  • AGEC 1020 - Agricultural Economics II (3)
  • AGRI 1010 - Computers in Agriculture (2)
  • ANSC 1022 - Livestock Evaluation and Marketing (4)
  • ANSC 1210 - Livestock Judging I (2)
  • ANSC 2020 - Feeds and Feeding (4)
  • FDSC 2060 - Fresh Meat Processing (3)
  • RGMG 2000 - Principles of Range Management (3)

Total Core Electives: 5-8 Credits

Transfer and General Electives

General Electives selected in consultation with advisor.

  • AECL 2010 - Introduction to Soil Science (4)
  • CHEM 2300 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CROP 2200 - Forage Crop Science (3)
  • STAT 2050 - Fundamentals of Statistics (4)

Total Transfer and General Electives: 14-17 Credits

Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district.

Northwest College opened in 1946 with nearly 100 full- and part-time students and three instructors who met in classrooms borrowed from the public school district. Read less