For more information, contact the undergraduate student advisor:
dodi [dot] reesman [at] oregonstate [dot] edu or by calling (541) 737-4761.
Animal Scientist (noun): (1) Discovers, shares, and applies scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well being. (2) Studies biological processes to improve the production of animals used for meat, milk, eggs, and fiber around the world. (3) Provides the basis of humane care and management of animals. (4) Conducts research into the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of farm animals, companion animals, and exotic animals.
What kinds of jobs are available for an Animal Sciences graduate holding a bachelor’s degree?
A significant percentage of graduates are employed in the food and fiber production or processing segments of the livestock industry. In addition, many graduates are involved in agri-business enterprises including: farm and ranch managers, animal breeders, extension specialists, financiers, food processors, food inspectors, marketing specialists, sales representatives, teachers, technicians, scientists, and veterinarians. OSU Career Services can provide more information here and here.
What kinds of undergraduate degrees are available in the Department of Animal Sciences?
Students in our department receive a Bachelor of Science degree and can select one of three options: either a Pre-Vet Med / Science option, an Animal Management option, or no option. Students can also complement a degree from another discipline at OSU and earn a minor in Animal Sciences by taking extra Animal Sciences coursework.
What sets OSU apart from other schools? Where is OSU?
Oregon State University is an excellent educational choice if you are interested in a career in animal sciences. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to have earned the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation, awarded to institutions with “very high research activity.” OSU is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 53,000 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible.
What do I need to do in order to start my undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at OSU?
High school students should, during their last two years, emphasize courses in science and communications. Math, chemistry, physics, and biology are especially helpful. Community college students planning to transfer to OSU should contact the university early to help ensure that the maximum number of credits will be transferred. All students not currently enrolled at OSU must apply through the Office of Admissions.