Animal Science (B.S.)

Learn about animal behavior, nutrition, genetics, microbiology, physiology and reproduction and more. Gain hands-on experience starting in year one at DelVal’s on-campus livestock facilities, including caring for, breeding and managing beef cattle, horses, sheep and swine

In Delaware Valley University’s animal science program, you will apply what you’re learning in on-campus agriculture facilities, make connections with engaged students through our animal science-focused clubs and organizations, and have access to a robust network of alumni for career and internship opportunities.

Your classes will cover animal behavior, anatomy, nutrition, genetics, diseases, physiology and reproduction as well as topics such as agricultural economics, marketing, legal aspects and more. Our animal science students gain a balanced mix of liberal arts, science and professional classes for each specialization. You can choose to specialize in livestock science or pre-professional animal science. Livestock science and management involves the study of food and fiber producing animal management. Pre-professional animal science provides a foundation for graduate, professional or veterinary school programs.

Our program provides a strong foundation in science with valuable, relevant opportunities for hands-on animal experience right on campus. You will work directly with animals in your first year. 

  • Gain experience working with animals in our campus livestock facilities.
  • Care for, breed and manage beef cattle, horses, sheep and swine.
  • Explore our two up-to-date animal science laboratories including:
    • A nutrition laboratory where students learn about nutrient analysis and rations
    • An anatomy and physiology laboratory where students learn about basic structure and function as well as reproduction. 

Our animal science graduates leave with a valuable combination of knowledge and experience that allows them to go right into careers, or attend graduate or veterinary school.

of students gain real-world experience in animal science
Cows in a barn
Four college-aged students walking together under some trees.
avg. net cost for freshmen in 2019
student to faculty ratio
College-aged students in a classroom.

Our animal science degree combines science, production and industry best practices to prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of animal science.

Sample Curriculum
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Livestock Industries and Careers
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Husbandry Techniques
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Small Ruminant Science
  • Beef Science
  • Swine Science
  • Poultry Science
  • Alternative Agricultural Animal Production
  • Spanish for Agriculture
  • Physiology of Reproduction
Recommended Minors
Animal Science Specializations

This specialization will allow you to focus your degree on the study of food and fiber producing animal management. You will gain hands-on experience as well as participate in more traditional in-class studies. In this specialization, your courses will include Animal Feeding & Nutrition, Livestock Industries and Careers, and the choice of several animal production electives, which involve the study of beef cattle, poultry, sheep and swine.

This specialization will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed for graduate or professional veterinary programs. This specialization covers topics including microbiology and organic chemistry, which are necessary for continuing your education in animal science programs. There are several other animal production electives to choose from as well.

Students working with a professor in the barn with cows in the background.

The Experience360 Program gives you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world experience working with animals through internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.

Career Paths

  • Graduate School in Veterinary Medicine
  • Research
  • Livestock farm managers
  • Agribusiness positions
  • Government positions
  • Veterinary assistants
  • Animal care technicians
  • Lab technicians at pharmaceutical companies


Dr. Pam Reed, explains the animal science program in front of a models showing the muscles of a cow and a rabbit.
Dr. Pam Reed, Professor and Co-Chair of Animal Science

Office: Feldman 104

Sheep in a group with students
Student Clubs and Organizations
Block and Bridle

Explore the livestock and allied industries in this student organization!

The Pre-Vet club presents a poster about their club at an activities fair.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Pre-Vet Club

Learn about veterinary medicine careers with your peers!

A DVU staff member looking at career fair materials
Student Clubs and Organizations
Collegiate Farm Bureau

Dive into the issues that are most important to you in agriculture while learning from industry professionals!

FFA students stand behind a DVU table
Student Clubs and Organizations
Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Explore the wide variety of career options within agriculture in this student organization!

A student wearing a shirt with Greek letters signifying SIgma Alpha
Student Clubs and Organizations
Sigma Alpha

Connect with new friends who are interested in agriculture through Greek life!

Alpha Gamma Rho students stand in front of their activities fair table
Student Clubs and Organizations
Alpha Gamma Rho

Connect with new friends who are interested in agriculture through Greek life!

A student driving a lawn mower pulling train cars with passengers
Student Clubs and Organizations

Work with other students to host our annual fair on campus!

Dr. Temple Grandin stands outside talking with DVU students.
A close-up photo of two sheep.
A student holding a calf