Animal Science Bachelor’s Degree

Gain hands-on animal experience starting in year one.


Go right into your career or to graduate or veterinary school with the animal science bachelor degree at Delaware Valley University.

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.

100%
of students gain real-world experience
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94.4%
of 2019 grads are employed or in school
13:1
student-to-faculty ratio
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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.

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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 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.

  • Veterinary school
  • Working in research
  • A career as a livestock farm manager
  • A career in agribusiness
  • Working in government positions
  • Working as a veterinary assistant
  • A career as an animal care technician
  • Working in the pharmaceutical industry as a lab technician

DelVal students have been accepted to graduate and professional schools including:

  • Penn Vet at University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell Veterinary School 
  • Royal Veterinary School
  • University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Graduate School 
  • Montana State University
  • North Carolina State University

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Animal Science Program At-A-Glance

Sample Animal Science Program Courses

  • 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

DelVal 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 and Agriculture Facilities

  • Dairy Science Center
  • Livestock Breeding Facilities (cows, horses, sheep, pigs)
  • Equine Breeding Center
  • Swine Science facility

Recommended minors

Strengthen your degree in animal behavior by choosing from these minors at Delaware Valley University:

  • Agribusiness Minor
  • Biology Minor
  • Business Administration Minor
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management Minor
  • Crop Science Minor
  • Food Systems Minor
  • Policy Studies Minor
  • Small Animal Science Minor
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Student Clubs & Organizations

Fortify your vet tech degree and animal science studies 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:

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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.

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 collaborate with them on research as part of the degree in animal behavior program.

 

Dr. Pam Reed, professor and co-chair of the animal science degree program, encourages you to get involved at DelVal.

Dr. Pam Reed, explains the animal science program in front of a models showing the muscles of a cow and a rabbit.
Contacts
Dr. Pamela Reed, Professor

Office Location: Feldman 104. Hours posted on the door vary by semester.

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