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Animal Sciences and Industry

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.Student profile

Student Profile:Victoria

“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


Professional Opportunities

Students with a degree in Animal Sciences and Industry are prepared for careers as

  • managers,
  • sales representatives,
  • livestock buyers,
  • finance and marketing specialists,
  • extension agents,
  • researchers,
  • communications specialists,
  • market analysts,
  • animal caregivers,
  • equine breeding managers,
  • livestock consultants.

Degree Options

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

View the animal products curriculum guide (pdf)

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.


View the bioscience/biotechnology curriculum guide (pdf)

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


View the business curriculum guide (pdf)

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.


View the communications curriculum guide (pdf)

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.

Production Management

View the production management curriculum guide (pdf)

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.


View the science/pre-vet curriculum guide (pdf)

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.