Animal Science (BS)

Feed your desire to help people and animals.

As our population grows, so does the need for agricultural and livestock experts. Prepare for a career in farm or ranch management or food production, or lay the foundation for veterinary school in the animal science program at ACU. Gain further scientific and practical experience as you focus your studies in one of our concentrations.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 64-66 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 6-8 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 4
Department Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


As an animal science major at ACU, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Companion Animal Management
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Wildlife Ecology
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  • Animal Industry and Business
  • Biotechnology and Research
  • Livestock Management
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Health

What can you do after graduation?

  • Food Product Development
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Welfare Specialist
  • Livestock Manager
  • Research Farm Manager
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Public Relations
  • Laboratory Animal Manager
  • Inspector
Dr Jennifer Grimes ('03)

Read how Dr. Jennifer Grimes ('03) helps animals every day.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students in the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Department at ACU learn outside the classroom through involvement in mission trips, service-learning, internships and a number of pre-professional organizations, including:

  • Alpha Epsilon Sigma pre-professional club
  • Block & Bridle Club
  • Delta Tau Alpha National Agricultural Honor Society
  • Agricultural Consortium of Texas (ACT)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

About the Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

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The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at ACU focuses on the Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems throughout the world. It is home to several majors including animal science, agribusiness and environmental science.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad spectrum of programs in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and behavioral and natural sciences. Since most of ACU’s core curriculum is housed here, every student, regardless of major, passes through the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.