1. K-State home
  2. »College of Agriculture
  3. »About
  4. »Academic Majors
  5. »Animal Sciences and Industry

College of Agriculture

Animal Sciences and Industry


“The animal sciences and industry major gives me options. It covers everything from livestock production to meat processing and food safety. Lab and other activities show how processes and procedures are implemented in a professional setting. After graduation I plan to work in the meat science industry — in poultry production and food safety or food defense.”

Victoria Willis,
Pasadena, Maryland

K-State’s animal sciences and industry program prepares students for careers in the animal industry. The curriculum combines the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, physiology, technology, and business with production, management, and agribusiness skills. The program’s flexibility allows students from urban and agricultural backgrounds to plan programs of study consistent with individual interests and goals.

Possible careers
Manager, sales representative, livestock buyer, finance and marketing specialist, extension agent, researcher, communications specialist, market analyst, animal caregiver, quality control specialist, lab technician, equine breeding manager, livestock consultant.


Courses cover beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats swine, horses, companion animals and poultry, and the products they produce.
Students specialize in one of the following areas:

Animal products
Those who want to work in the food industry take classes in food and meat processing, technology, and evaluation. Course work emphasizes the wholesomeness and safety of animal food products.

This option prepares students for careers in bioscience, genomics, and animal health.

Students with an interest in agribusiness can specialize in finance, management, personnel administration, merchandising, marketing, or another area. Courses are offered through the College of Business and the Department of Agricultural Economics. A business minor can be easily incorporated into this curriculum and is recommended.

Students considering careers in journalism, advertising, editing, or public relations take news writing, editing and design, photography, related courses offered through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Courses can be applied toward a minor in communications.

This option is for students who want to specialize in the breeding, feeding, care and welfare of animals. Animal production, nutrition and management classes, along with courses in business and agricultural economics provide a solid basis for a career in animal management and production.

Designed for those seeking an advanced degree, admission to veterinary school, or who want to pursue a career in research, this option emphasizes courses in chemistry, physics, and biology.


“Animal Science and animal agriculture have played an important role in this country. I chose animal science to develop and integrate knowledge of animal use for food and recreational purposes. Faculty are recognized as leaders in their fields. Their talents in a wide range of disciplines will help me achieve my goals—to strengthen food and agricultural systems in developing countries, while establishing a foundation for future food and agricultural trade opportunities.”

Ryan O’Neil
Spearville, Kansas

Visit the Department of Animal Science and Industry major website.

Transfer Equivalency Information

Advanced Placement Information

Get More Information

The classes you are required to take will depend on the program option you choose within Animal Sciences and Industry.


Click on an option below to learn about the course requirements from the complete curriculum guide.

Animal Products
Production Management
Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine