Animal Science - Science Option-Preprofessional Emphasis, B.S.


Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Animal Sciences Major - Science Option - Preprofessional Emphasis

1. Major requirements (63 units) and Additional Requirements (13-15 units)

Animal Science Core (39 units)
ASCI 1, ASCI 35, ASCI 71, ASCI 101, ASCI 125, ASCI 135, ASCI 145, ASCI 155, ASCI 165, ASCI 186, BIOL 20
Select 6 units from the following: ASCI 12, ASCI 21, ASCI 31, ASCI 41, ASCI 51*, ASCI 61*, ASCI 91*

Career specialization:  Preprofessional Specialization (24 units)
ASCI 156, CHEM 8 or CHEM 128A, CHEM 129A, CHEM 150
Select 6 units from: ASCI 121, ASCI 131, ASCI 151, ASCI 161, ASCI 171, ASCI 172, ASCI 175, ASCI 191
Select 6 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18, AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A, AGBS 117, AGBS 120, AGRI 100H, AGRI 101H, AGRI 110, AGRI 120, AGRI 130, AGRI 140, PLANT 20, PLANT 121, PLANT 122, PLANT 71, or PLANT 171, or PLANT172
Select 3 units from: ASCI 102, ASCI 180, ASCI 182, ASCI 183, ASCI 190, ASCI 194i

Additional requirements (13-15 units)
Each of the animal science options requires courses in the major that also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 12 units of the 48 unit General Education requirement.

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Animal Science majors are exempt from the MI requirement.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total minimum requirements (120 units)**

* Within the Animal Science Core, Equine Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 51, Dairy Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 61, and Meat Technology Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 91.

** G.E. courses can be double counted with major requirements. 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.

Advising Notes

  1. Mandatory advising is required of all students in the degree program. See the administrative support coordinator for the name of your assigned advisor.
  2. New students should request an option advising check sheet from the department office.
  3. All students should make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.
  4. CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the courses have been designated CR/NC grading only.
  5. 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, Basic Animal Science Specialization (Preprofessional)

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, preprofessional 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, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained to support this educational purpose. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. 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

Faculty in the department are your best source to help you identify a career path as well as indicate potential earnings based on your area of training.

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
Phone: 559.278.2061
Fax: 559.278.4496

Department Contact Information

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education
2415 E. San Ramon, MS AS75
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: 559.278.2971
Fax: 559.278.4101

The Department is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building on the second floor in room 232.