Animal Science - Science Option-Pre Veterinary Emphasis, B.S.
Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
Randy C. Perry, Chair
Ag Mechanics Building, Room 106D, M/S AS 75
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.
BS in Agricultural Education - Teacher Preparation Option, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Livestock Business Mgt Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Dairy Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Equine Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Meat Technology Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Preprofessional Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Pre Veterinary Emphasis, B.S.
CRED in Agriculture Specialist Credential
MN in Animal Sciences, Minor
MS in Agricultural Science, M.S.
PREB in Pre Veterinary Prerequisites
Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
Prepare for the future in agricultural sciences, technology, and management with a degree in animal sciences or agricultural education. The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, science, and production management. The science option has career specialization in the areas of preprofessional (basic) animal science and preveterinary medicine. The production management option offers career specialization in the areas of dairy science, equine science, meat technology and livestock business management. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.
The agricultural education major is designed to equip students for careers as agricultural communication specialists or secondary agriculture teachers. Specializations may be developed in agricultural business, animal sciences, plant sciences, or mechanized agriculture.
Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units on-campus. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained by our faculty and students to support this educational purpose and provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available.
B.S. in Animal Science - Science Option
Veterinary Preparation Specialization
Policies and Procedures for Admission to B.S. in Animal Science-Veterinary Preparation Specialization
Admission into the Veterinary Preparation specialization of the bachelor's degree program in Animal Science is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and (2) admission into the Veterinary Preparation major specialization. Students not in the program may apply to the university as Animal Science Preveterinary majors. Students may apply for admission into the Veterinary Preparation major the semester during which they will complete all prerequisite coursework. Approval will be contingent upon satisfactory fulfillment of the prerequisites and the grade point average standard.
In order to gain admission into the Animal Science Veterinary Preparation major and enroll in upper-division animal science courses, students must do the following:
a. Complete the following courses or their equivalents with a C or better in each
course, CR/NC grades are not acceptable:
ASCI 1 Introduction to Animal Science
ASCI 68 Pre-Vet Orientation
BIOL 1A Introductory Biology
BIOL 1B and 1BL Introductory Biology and Lab
BIOL 20 Introductory Microbiology
CHEM 1A and 1AL General Chemistry and Lab 1A
CHEM 1B and 1BL General Chemistry and Lab 1B
b. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2
c. Submit a Change of Major Request form requesting admission into the Veterinary Preparation major. Students may obtain this form from the Animal Science and Agricultural Education Department office in the Agricultural Science Building room 232 or online at www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/forms/
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Animal Sciences Major
Options: Production Management, Science.
1. Major requirements (61-66 units)
Additional requirements (1-3 units)
Each of the animal science options requires courses in the major that also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 9-12 units of the 49 unit General Education requirement, plus 1-3 excess units beyond the requirements in BREADTH Area B1 for the Production Management Option and Area B1 and B2 for the Science Option.
- Production Management Option (1 unit above G.E. requirement of 49 units) BREADTH: CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 10 or 12 (Area B2); AGBS 1 (Area D3); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
- Science Option (3 units above G.E. requirement of 49 units) BREADTH: CHEM 1A (Area B1); BIOL 1A (Area B2); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (6 units) Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total minimum requirements (120 units)**
** G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. The total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the veterinary school entrance requirements, as additional courses may be required (see advising note 6.) See advisor for details.
- Mandatory advising is required of all students in the degree program. See the administrative support coordinator for the name of your assigned advisor.
- New students should request an option advising check sheet from the department office.
- All students should make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the courses have been designated CR/NC grading only.
- The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university examination (UDWE) or by taking an approved upper-division writing skills course, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units are completed. One unit of credit in ENGL 100W may be earned for passing the exam if requested by the student; three to four units of credit will be earned by obtaining a letter grade of C or higher in an approved course.
- Total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the Veterinary Medicine entrance requirements. Preveterinary and veterinary preparation students should consult their faculty advisor regarding entrance requirements and admissions procedures to veterinary school. Additional courses such as PHYS 2B, calculus, and statistics may be required.
The faculty represent diverse specializations in the disciplines of animal science and teacher training. With doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most prestigious agricultural universities, the faculty have combined philosophies of undergraduate education, research, curriculum development, industry relations, and career placement into a unique program. Their experience allows for the combination of the practical and theoretical aspects of the animal sciences to provide an education second to none. Students select an adviser who assists in both academic and career planning on an individual basis. The faculty place a high priority on strong teacher-student relationships.
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B.S. in Animal Science - Science Option, Pre-Veterinary Specialization
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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, basic animal science, pre-veterinary medicine, livestock business management, dairy science, equine science and meat technology. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.
Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available. The department is extremely proud of its outstanding faculty and the level and quality of student activities in which they participate.
What You Can Earn
$108,658 (in our region)
Public Secondary School Teacher
$59,597 (in our region)
Source: HR reported data at www.salary.com as of December 2012
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Ornamental Horticulture
- Animal Science
- Mechanized Agriculture
- Crop Management
What You Can Learn
- Farm animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance
- The qualifications for teaching agriculture, and the content of vocational agriculture programs
- Basic shop skills/welding/power and equipment
- Techniques of food and fiber production
About the College
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.
College Contact Information
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Department Contact Information
Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740
The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.