The Animal Science program features an expert faculty across a variety of concentrations, from meat science to animal health/nutritional management to reproductive physiology. Our goal in the Department of Animal Science is to provide the best education and preparation available for professional careers in the animal agriculture industry. We meet this goal with a curriculum solidly grounded in scientific principles emphasizing hands-on experience. Our degrees offer great flexibility to customize the educational needs of our students by providing a number of concentrations. Currently, the Animal Science department offers a Master of Science in Animal Science with thesis (in-residence) and a Master of Agriculture in Animal Science non-thesis (online) degree options.
The Department of Animal Science is housed in the Everett E. Turner Range Animal Science Center (RAS) on East Highway 90, about a mile east of the main campus. RAS has specialized laboratories and facilities for animal health/nutritional management, animal production, equine science, and meat science, to name a few. The University also maintains animals for teaching and research, including a herd of registered horned Hereford cattle.
The Department of Animal Science offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science (thesis), and Master of Agriculture (non-thesis) degrees, depending on an individual’s educational objectives. Programs in Animal Science emphasize, through the mastery of advanced technology, methods of improving and/or better utilizing agricultural resources. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for advanced education (Ph.D.) and/or for careers in teaching, extension service, research, management, and other occupations requiring the higher-level capabilities of resource managers or scientists. GRE scores of 290 (verbal and quantitative) are required for full admission to the M.S. thesis program. Additional requirements for all Master of Science options include a letter of intent, a resume, and two letters of recommendation from outside the department. Departmental GPA requirements are the same as general admission requirements outlined for the university. For the Master of Agriculture degree, admission requirements follow SRSU general admission requirements for graduate studies. The GRE is not required for the Master of Agriculture in Animal Science online program. Offerings in collateral fields enable the student to develop a program tailored to their particular needs and interests
Applications to the Master of Science in Animal Science with thesis (in-residence) and a Master of Agriculture in Animal Science non-thesis (online) degree are accepted year around.