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Animal Science Undergraduate Program

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zooAnimal Sciences (ANSC) is the application of experimental investigation, cutting edge technology, and other scientific principles for the advancement of efficient and environmentally friendly animal agriculture and improved food quality and safety. Students receive training in both basic and applied agricultural systems, as well as in animal sciences. The present program focuses on pre-veterinary training with most emphasis on swine, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, and pond aquaculture production and management systems. Students are also exposed to the challenges of proper care/welfare and management of pets and companion animals (including horses), marine mammals, exotic wildlife and/or zoo animals. Unlike most continental United States institutions, the emphasis of the present program is on tropical production systems with particular reference to the Pacific Basin or other sub-tropical regions. Animal scientists have careers in management and production, veterinary medicine, food processing and marketing, animal biotechnology, zoo and wildlife management, the pharmaceutical and feed industries, teaching, extension education, and research. Those positions require skills in disciplines such as nutrition, genetics, physiology, environmental and waste management, meat science and growth biology, animal health, feed and forage/browse utilization, engineering, business management/marketing and salesmanships. Other skills of critical importance are computer proficiency, written and oral communication, problem solving, and ability to build effective interpersonal relationships.

Upon entering either the program, students will be assisted by academic advisers to identify their career objectives and select an appropriate option for study.

All ANSC majors are required to report for advising prior to registration each semester.

Learning Objectives
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Students will:

  1. Know and understand the basic principles of applied animal biology.
  2. Understand the fundamental tenets of animal science disciplines including genetics, growth and development, meat science and muscle biology, comparative nutrition, feeds and feeding, anatomy, basic and environmental physiology, endocrinology and reproduction.
  3. Apply this knowledge to the basic understanding and application of appropriate husbandry best practices to animals of economic value.
  4. Read and be able to analyze scientific or technical papers critically.
  5. Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  6. Develop problem-solving skills for lifetime learning.
  7. Understand the importance of good citizenship in both personal and professional habits.
  8. Understand the scientific method and design of experiments to test hypotheses and as such experience the process of discovery.
  9. Explore the relationship between applied animal biology and society, including contemporary ethical issues raised by animal research, the use of animals by humans, and the role and impact of animal agriculture and applied animal biology on the planet.

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BS in Animal Sciences Requirements:
Course work in the basic sciences, mathematics, economics, and animal sciences including the following:

  • NREM 220 or ECON 131
  • CHEM 161/161L, 162/162L, and 272/272L
  • MBBE 402/402L
  • MATH 140 or above
  • PHYS 151/151L
  • One of BIOL 171, MICRO 130, SCI 124, or ZOOL 101

Animal Sciences required courses:

  • ANSC 200, 201, 244, 301, 321, and 445
  • Four of the following: ANSC 446, 451, 453, 454/454L, 462, and 472
  • One of the following production courses: ANSC 431, 432, 433, and 450
  • Additional electives to make a total of 128 credit hours

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Because of the diversity among fields of specialization within animal sciences, specific course requirements will vary considerably among students. On the recommendation of the student’s major adviser, courses will be selected from those offered in animal sciences, as well as in natural resources and environmental management, bioengineering, anatomy and reproductive biology, biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, environmental biochemistry, food science and human nutrition, genetics, tropical plant and soil sciences, information and computer sciences, microbiology, oceanography, physiology, and zoology.

Applications and information can be obtained from:
    Office of Admissions and Records
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    2600 Campus Road
   Honolulu, HI 96822

Careers and Training
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If you want to work with animals and benefit your community, then you may want to consider a rewarding career in one of the many disciplines offered in the animal sciences. The challenge to meet the future projections of energy shortages, population growth, urbanization, and environmental conservation necessitates a continuing and increased need for highly trained professionals in animal sciences.

Animal science is the application of experimental investigation, technology, and other scientific principles for the advancement of efficient and environmentally friendly production of animal agriculture. Training in the animal sciences is highly recommended if you are considering working in agriculture as a researcher, extension personnel, a producer, a teacher, or if you are interested in any of the many career options in agribusiness. Students also receive training in both basic and agricultural sciences. A major in animal sciences offers a path to a highly rewarding and challenging vocation.

Here are some of the attractive and rewarding careers in animal science:

Animal Care and Welfare - You will receive training pertaining to the current issues of animal welfare as they relate to production and husbandry. Employment opportunities exist with humane societies, animal shelters, and allied veterinary groups.

Animal Health - You will learn about the disease problems of livestock, poultry, and companion animals and their economic significance, causes, public health implications, and control. Employment opportunities exist in areas such as veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, and in various pharmaceutical industries.

Animal Production and Management - You will learn the principles, theories, and practices involved in the production of beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, horses, and aquatic animals.

Business - You will receive a background in economics and agricultural practices that are useful for agricultural loans, commodity trading, and agribusiness.

Extension - Many animal science graduates work for State and Federal Cooperative Extension Services.

Engineering - Animal agriculturalists assist in the development of animal housing designs, equipment manufacturing, and waste management systems.

Environmental Control - You will learn about the impact that animal industries have on waste management, energy production, nutrient application, and recycling.

Genetics and Animal Breeding - You will learn the principles of genetics and how they apply to livestock, poultry, companion animals, aquatic, and laboratory research animals. Biotechnology techniques and the potential developments in this area are also covered. Understanding the principles of genetics is required for working in the areas of gene manipulation, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, and breeding stock supply.

Government - You will qualify for many state, federal, and municipal positions such as those of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Plant and Animal Quarantine Stations.

Meat Science - You will study the development, growth, function, and carcass evaluation of muscle tissue. Many career opportunities exist in this area such as meat processing and inspection, quality control, sales, and marketing.

Nutrition - You will study the application of the principles of nutrition to the feeding of farm animals, composition and nutritional value of feedstuffs, and the nutritional requirements of beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, and swine. Training in nutrition is essential for employment in feed manufacturing and supplies, feed/forage utilization, and sales.

Scientific Research and Investigation - You will learn skills in the basic and applied sciences that will enable you to pursue most career options requiring a science-based degree.

Teaching - Animal science graduates work as instructors and administrators in schools, 4-H organizations, and Future Farmers of America.

Contact Information

Dr. Brent Buckley

ANSC Undergrad Advisor

1955 East West Road

AgSci 314D

Honolulu, HI 96822

phone: 808-956-7090

fax: 808-956-4024


Dr. Douglas Vincent
Pre-Veterinary Advisor

1955 East‐West Road

AgSci 314E
Honolulu, HI 96822
phone: 956-8393

fax: 808-956-4024


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