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Prospective Students

Students examining quail eggs in cages in laboratory

The animal science 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 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 to 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

The animal science major provides a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in many fields. We provide students the flexibility to choose one of four concentrations, providing a customized experience based on the interests of the individual student. All details for the animal science major and concentration requirements can be found under Curriculum Requirements

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 or to schedule a visit, contact:

Lindsay Glasner, Undergraduate Program Coordinator 
128 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853