Prospective Students

Is a major in Animal Science a good match for me?

If you are interested in...

  • animal health
  • companion animals (pets, horses)
  • food animal production
  • animal biology
  • animal nutrition
  • biotechnology
  • sales and marketing in the animal industry

... then Animal Science is a major you should explore!

Where will I work?

Our Animal Science major prepares you to work in settings like these:

  • animal industry companies
  • pet food and supply companies
  • animal pharmaceutical companies
  • research laboratories
  • veterinary clinics
  • government agencies
  • genetics and biotechnology companies
  • farms and production facilities

View the video below to hear Myah talk about the knowledge and experience that she gained from her internship. Our students have so many internship opportunities available because of our location in the Twin Cities.

What skills will I develop through this major?

You'll learn about the latest advances in animal health, production management, and marketing. You will study areas—such as commodity production, sales and services, basic science and technology, and business and marketing—to gain the skills necessary to turn a love of animals into a rewarding career. Here are a few specific skills you'll develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological sciences
  • hands-on experience with a variety of animal species
  • ability to supervise and manage diverse employees
  • marketing skills
  • ability to manage an animal production facility
  • problem-solving skills
  • ability to identify and address needs of individual customers

What if my career goals change?

Our Animal Science program is a broad degree that prepares you to excel in many careers not typically considered animal or agriculturally related. So if your goals change or you decide not to go on to veterinary school, there are many options you can pursue to have a fulfilling professional career.

How do I apply?

The University of Minnesota Office of Admissions handles all applications for undergraduate admissions to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

What about scholarships?

See Scholarships for opportunities.


Avery Fessler
Freshman Admissions Counselor
+1 612-625-3284 (direct line)
1-800-752-1000 (toll free)

Jeff Kauffski
Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor
+1 612-624-3220 (direct line)
1-800-752-1000 (toll free)