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Animal Science BS


The Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science provides the academic background necessary for entrance into advanced degree programs and positions in today’s demanding job market. The program offers the lab science and animal science course work and rigor to enter masters and doctoral programs in animal science as well as the course work necessary to apply to veterinary medicine programs. Articulation agreements with Ross University’s Veterinary College and Ontario Veterinary College guarantee qualified students entrance into their veterinary programs.

Cobleskill offers an appealing small college setting with strong Animal Science and Natural Science departments to support the student during their education. The college maintains herds of horses, dairy and beef. Other livestock housed on the college farm include swine, poultry, sheep and meat goats. Modern chemistry and biology laboratories give students additional valuable hands- on experiences.

Degree Option

Bachelor of Science (BS)


In addition to animal science classes, students will take courses in agricultural business, natural sciences, agricultural science, and agricultural education. Courses include:

  • Feeds & Feeding
  • Intro to Dairy Nutrition
  • Equine Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Health
  • Canine Health
  • Equine Health
  • Intro to Animal Science
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Principles of Genetics
  • Farm Animal Reproduction
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Career opportunities in the animal sciences are promising. Animal agriculture is the largest component of agriculture in the northeast United States. Both the US Department of Agriculture and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predict the number of people employed in the life sciences to continue to increase. Available positions will be greater than the number of qualified graduates. Opportunities include positions in scientific research and development, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nutrition, education, veterinary medicine and government and international agencies. Management and consulting positions offer additional career opportunities. Students with bachelor degrees will meet some of the needs but there will be even better opportunities for those with master’s and Ph. D. degrees.