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Prospective Students

Students examining quail eggs in cages in laboratory

The animal sciences major offers undergraduates the opportunity to apply animal biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and other life sciences to the study of animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, and management.

Students are encouraged, with the help of a faculty advisor, to plan an individual curriculum that suits their interests and career goals. Because the program is so flexible and the field so diverse, animal science graduates go in many interesting directions - research, veterinary medicine, animal production, agribusiness, biotechnology, medicine, conservation, education, Peace Corps, and many others.

A major in Animal Science provides excellent preparation for students who wish find a job immediately upon graduation, perhaps on a farm, in a lab, or in an agribusiness or pharmaceutical firm.

The remainder of our undergraduates who plan to enter graduate or professional schools have many opportunities to emphasize science and research in their curricula. Animal science undergraduates have obtained advanced degrees in diverse fields:

  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Growth biology
  • Human medicine
  • Veterinary medicine

Coursework is tailored to the interests of the individual student. Students may want to emphasize basic physical and biological science courses in preparation for graduate training, teaching, or research careers. Conversely, students whose career interests are in animal production or agribusiness are urged to take courses in complementary disciplines, such as business, food science, and agronomy. Students who wish to gain an understanding of the integration and application of management principles and programs with new technology can participate in our Dairy Fellows Program in dairy production and farm management.

More Information

Regional Information Sessions are typically held throughout the Fall; for the full schedule of regional locations and dates, visit Undergraduate Admissions - Cornell in Your Hometown.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences often hosts on-campus information sessions in the Fall; for the full schedule of on-campus sessions, visit CALS Admissions Information Sessions

For Animal Science Department information, contact:

Jessica Carpenter, Administrative Assistant
149 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: (607)255-5497