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Core Coursework

All students should complete the core coursework below, regardless of curriculum pathway.  For a complete listing of available courses, refer to the Cornell Online Course Catalogue.

  1. Fundamental Competency
  2. Fundamentals of Animal Management
  3. Professional Values and Responsibility
  4. ePortfolio
  5. Grand Challenge and Discovery
  6. Breadth in Life Sciences

Fundamental Competency

ANSC 1101 - Contemporary Perspective in Animal Science (1 credit)
BIOAP 1100 - Domestic Animal Biology (4 credits)
ANSC 2120 - Animal Nutrition (4 credits)
ANSC 2210 - Principles of Animal Genetics (4 credits)
ANSC 2400 - Animal Reproduction and Development (3 credits)

Fundamentals of Animal Management

One of the following courses:
ANSC 2500 - Dairy Cattle Principles (3 credits)
ANSC 2650 - Equine Biology and Management (3 credits)
ANSC 3600 - Beef Cattle (offered in even- numbered years only)
ANSC 3800 - Sheep (offered in odd- numbered years only) (3 credits)

Professional Values and Responsibility

ANSC 1105 - Careers in Animal Science (1 credit)

As well as one of the following courses:
ANSC 3100 - Introduction to Animal Welfare (2 credits)
ANSC 4140 - Ethics and Animal Science (2 credits)

ePortfolio

All students will design an ePortfolio showcasing their learning experience and highlighting plans as they progress through the Animal Science major. The ePortfolios need to be updated and presented to Faculty advisors at the end of each semester. A primer for launching ePortfolios will be part of ANSC 1101.

Grand Challenge and Discovery

ANSC 4000 - Feeding the World: The Biological and Quantitative Analyses of Livestock and Crop Systems (4 credits)
ANSC 4880 - Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus – Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability (3-4 credits)
BIOEE 4690 - Food, Agriculture and Society (3 credits)
EAS 4400 - Seminar on Climate Change Science, Impacts, and Mitigation (3 credits)
NTRES 4800 - Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World (3 credits)
NTRES 3300 - Planning for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability (3 credits)
PLBRG 2010 - Plants, Genes, and Global Food Production (3 credits)
PLSCI 1900 - Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming and the Future (3 credits)
DSOC 3400 - Agriculture, Food, Sustainability, and Social Justice (3 credits)
DSOC 3200 - Rethinking Global Development: New Frameworks for Understanding Poverty, Inequality and Growth in 21C (3 credits)

Breadth in Life Sciences ("List B")

BIOEE 1610 - Ecology and the Environment (3 credits)    
BIOEE 1780 - An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity (3 credits)    
BIOEE 2740 - The Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, and Evolution (3 credits)
BIOEE 2640 - Tropical Field Ornithology (Multi-semester) (3 credits)    
BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures (3 credits)    
BIOSM 1500 - Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (3 credits)    
BIOSM 1610 - Ecology and the Marine Environment (3 credits)    
BIOSM 1780 - Evolution and Marine Diversity (4 credits)    
BIOSM 1650 - Marine Mammal Biology (3 credits)    
BME 2110 - Biomolecular Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry (3 credits)    
BME 2310 - Biomedical Signals and Systems (3 credits)    
EAS 1600 - Environmental Physics (3 credits)    
ENGRD 2202 - Biomedical Transport Phenomena (3 credits)    
ENGRD 2020 - Statics and Mechanics of Solids (3 credits)    
ENTOM 2120 - Insect Biology (4 credits)    
FDSC 1500 - Food Choices and Issues (3 credits)    
FDSC 2000 - Introduction to Physicochemical and Biological Aspects of Food (3 credits)
FDSC 2100 - Food Analysis (3 credits)    
NS 1150 - Nutrition, Health and Society (3 credits)    
NS 2750 - Human Biology and Evolution (3 credits)    
NTRES 1101 - Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (3 credits)    
NTRES 2010 - Environmental Conservation (3 credits)    
NTRES 2100 - Introductory Field Biology (4 credits)    
NTRES 2201 - Society and Natural Resources (3 credits)    
NTRES 2670 - Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 credits)    
PLHRT 1115 - Nature of Plants (3 credits)    
PLBIO 2410 - Introductory Plant Biodiversity and Evolution (3 credits)    
PLBIO 2420 - Plant Function and Growth Lectures (3 credits)    
PLBIO 2440 - Evolutionary Plant Biology (3 credits)    
PLSCI 1101 - Plant Science and Systems (4 credits)    
PLSCS 2600 - Soil Science (4 credits)    
VIEN 1104 - Introduction to Wines and Vines (3 credits)

Important note: If you are a Pre-vet, it does NOT mean that you have to take the Pre- vet concentration. You can take any of the above concentrations and still meet vet school requirements and keep your options open.