Undergraduate Program Overview

The undergraduate program offers two specialty majors that lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree - BS-Animal Science and BS-Pre-Veterinary Science. Both majors offer research opportunities. Incoming freshmen enter our program as Animal Science majors and must choose one of two concentrations: Animal Biotechnology Concentration or Animal Management Concentration. Students must qualify to change to the Pre-Veterinary major. The Pre-Veterinary  major provides pre-professional training for students planning to continue their education in Veterinary, Graduate or Medical school, or who are contemplating joining the teaching profession.  The Animal Science major covers the basic sciences and prepares students for a wide range of jobs in agriculture and related biomedical fields. 

Qualifying undergraduate students may elect to participate in the Commonwealth Honors College program. Students interested in the Equine Studies and Sustainable Food and Farming can find additional classes offered through the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

To learn more about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Undergraduate program, please access our Frequently Asked Questions.

Academic Highlights

  • Student/faculty ratio of 16:1. Students work directly with large and small animals and engage in research in several campus farm and livestock facilities.

People: Tenure track faculty: 16; Undergraduate majors: 419; Graduate students: 42.

Research Areas: Autoimmune Diseases; Breast Cancer; Developmental Biology; Environmental Toxicology; Fertility; Infection and Immunity; Lymphoid Development; Reproductive Biology; Stem Cell Biology and Veterinary Immunopathology.

Research Awards: $9.9M .

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at a Glance