Undergraduate Program Overview

A. Reilly  K. McGarvey 2017The undergraduate program offers two specialty majors that lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree - BS-Animal Science and BS-Pre-Veterinary Science. Starting in the spring of 2020 the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences plans to introduce a new major, BS-Veterinary Technology.

Currently, incoming freshmen enter our program as Animal Science majors and must choose one of three concentrations: Animal Biotechnology Concentration, Animal Management Concentration or the Equine Science Concentration. Students must qualify to change to the Pre-Veterinary Science major. Both the Animal Science major and the Pre-Veterinary Science major offer research opportunities. The Pre-Veterinary Science 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.

Starting in the spring of 2020, students will also have the opportunity to choose the new major, Veterinary Technology. The UMass Amherst Veterinary Technology program at the Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses trains future Veterinary Technologists by offering a science degree that offers depth in a basic science and veterinary medicine curriculum combined with a breadth of general education classes across disciplines.

Qualifying undergraduate students may elect to participate in the Commonwealth Honors College program. Students interested in  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.

Students interested in transferring to the Animal Science or Pre-veterinary Science major should carefully read Changing Your Major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science

 

Academic Highlights

People: Tenure track faculty: 15; Lecturers 8; Undergraduate majors: 495; Graduate students: 35

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: $12.8M .

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at a Glance