Gain hands-on animal experience starting in year one in our animal science bachelor's degree program.
Get hands-on animal experience through Delaware Valley University's animal science bachelor's degree program that will prepare you to go right into a career or to pursue veterinary school.
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.
What is it like being an animal science major at DelVal?
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.
What types of real-world experiences and hands-on learning opportunities do DelVal animal science majors participate in?
Gain experience working with animals in our campus livestock facilities. Care for, breed and manage beef cattle, horses, sheep and swine.
Experience 360 program
Through the Experience 360 program at Delaware Valley, you’ll prepare for jobs with an animal science degree by applying what you learn in the classroom to real-world internships, career exploration experiences, student research, study abroad, leadership development and more.
What kinds of jobs and career opportunities can I pursue with an animal science degree?
Graduates of the animal science bachelor’s degree program at Delaware Valley University are prepared for a variety of jobs with our animal science degree—in the public, private and government sectors—and for admission into top graduate and veterinary schools. Your degree in animal science will give you a valuable combination of knowledge and experience.
DelVal students have been accepted to graduate and professional schools including:
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Sample Animal Science Program Courses
DelVal Animal Science Laboratory Facilities
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.
DelVal Animal Science and Agriculture Facilities
- Dairy Science Center
- Livestock Breeding Facilities (cows, horses, sheep, pigs)
- Equine Breeding Center
- Swine Science facility
Recommended Animal Science Minors
Strengthen your degree in animal science by choosing from these minors at Delaware Valley University:
- Business Administration
- Conservation and Wildlife Management
- Crop Science
- Food Systems
- One Health Communication
- Policy Studies
- Small Animal Science
The One Health Communication minor provides students with the opportunity to bridge the study of writing and rhetoric with the sciences. Students who complete this minor will enhance their analytical and communication skills related to sciences including the University’s pre-veterinary, pre-health, STEM and science programs. They will gain skills for effectively communicating science topics to non-scientists and the general public.
I was incredibly grateful when I learned I was offered early acceptance to Cornell University for veterinary medicine because I didn’t get here alone. The professors at DelVal all want to see you succeed. My professors at DelVal really know me personally and that showed in their recommendations. I think being encouraged to gain experience through the E360 program was also really helpful.
Student Clubs & Organizations
Fortify your animal science degree while you make new friends and lifelong connections by getting involved in DelVal student clubs and organizations that are ideal for animal science degree students:
- A-Day — help host this annual outreach event on campus
- Alpha Gamma Rho — make new friends through Greek life
- Block and Bridle — explore the livestock & allied industries
- Collegiate Farm Bureau — network with ag professionals
- Future Farmers of America (FFA) — explore ag careers
- Pre-Vet Club — learn more about veterinary medicine
- Sigma Alpha — enjoy Greek life with others who love ag
Scholarships & Aid
Delaware Valley University is committed to making your animal science bachelor degree as affordable as possible. We offer robust financial aid packages, including a variety of scholarships offered through both DelVal and outside sources.
My time at DelVal has 100 percent prepared me to enter the workplace. Everything I’ve learned in my classes has been reinforced on the farm; and practices I’ve learned on the farm, I’ve learned more about in the classroom. My DelVal education has been incredibly valuable.
Animal Science Faculty
Learn from DelVal animal science degree faculty who share your passion for animals and agriculture. These highly credentialed experts have a broad range of teaching experience and research interests. Because of small size of the animal science degree program, they’ll get to know you and your goals—and you’ll get to know them, too. You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research as part of animal science degree program.