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Animal Science

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is February 22. Applying is easy and free!

A versatile degree

in animal related fields

The Unity College B.S. in Animal Science prepares students to apply animal biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition, and behavior to the study of animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, growth, behavior, and management! 

The curriculum can be applied to a great variety of species, from farm animals to pets. The animal science major provides excellent preparation for students who wish to find positions immediately upon graduation, as well as those who plan to enter graduate or professional schools to obtain advanced degrees. 

The B.S. in Animal Science tracks:

Equine Science and Management
Companion Animal Care and Training
Sustainable Livestock Management

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Career Outlook*

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Median salary for Livestock Managers, U.S. 2018


Projected 10 year growth for companion animal directors


Median salary for Animal Scientists, U.S. 2018

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience


Animal science degree program

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of animal genetics, nutrition, reproduction and physiology and apply knowledge of animal husbandry, behavior and handling techniques to effectively interact with animals in a safe and humane manner.

As an animal science major, you’ll benefit from:

  • One-on-one advising. Work with trained staff every step of the way to reach academic and professional success.
  • Complete your coursework from anywhere, while working full-time or balancing other responsibilities.
  • Meet and connect with your peers and professors, making lifelong connections in your field.
  • Job resources. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services.
  • Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates.
  • Pursue a concentration in environmental GIS, renewable energy, sustainable business, wildlife ecology, or emergency disaster management.

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Degree requirements and courses

The animal science degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, browse our degree checklist. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.


Animal science sample courses

  • ANIM 306 Understanding the Role of Emotional Support and Service Animals

    This course will explore the differences between companion, emotional support and service animals. Students will review legislation and organizations that guide the use of animals in public spaces. Additional topics will include key principles of human-animal interactions, potential human health benefits, and current controversies regarding the use of animals for support and service roles. Students will evaluate the best practices of training and caring for emotional support and service animals in a way that maximizes both human and animal safety and wellbeing.

  • ANIM 315 Equine Health, Nutrition, and Care

    This course will lead you through an understanding of equine nutritional needs and the essential elements of maintaining a healthy horse. Students will learn the basics of nutrition, including feeds and feeding, diet, and its relationship to health and performance, plus key environmental factors in horse health. Please note that you do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to participate and be successful in this course.

  • ANIM 410 Sustainable Livestock Management

    In this course students will learn how to integrate principles of sustainability into livestock management practices. Students will identify strengths and weaknesses of traditional methods of farm animal management and compare those with sustainable methods, and seek ways to integrate these in real world applications. Students will examine links between livestock management and consumer supply chains while considering best practices that prioritize animal welfare, sustainability, and economic success.

B.S. in Animal Science