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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate problem solving skills.
  2. Demonstrate a proficiency in working as a leader and as a part of a team to achieve common goals.
  3. Integrate and apply technical and conceptual knowledge.
  4. Exhibit an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as animal scientists, including a respect for diversity.
  5. Communicate effectively in a professional manner.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major or Support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

ASCI 101Introduction to the Animal Sciences2
ASCI 112Principles of Animal Science4
ASCI 211Meat Science4
ASCI 220Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding4
ASCI 229Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals4
ASCI 290Animal Production and Management Enterprise4
or ASCI 490 Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
ASCI 302Animal Genetics4
ASCI 304Animal Genomics3
ASCI 340Animal Welfare and Ethics4
ASCI 351Reproductive Physiology4
ASCI 363Undergraduate Seminar2
ASCI 477Senior Project - Research Experience in Animal Science3
or ASCI 478 Senior Project - Advanced Internship Experience in Animal Science
or ASCI 479 Senior Project - Current Topics in Animal Science
Production Courses
Select one from each of the three categories:12
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
General Dairy Husbandry
Systems of Swine Production
Introduction to Poultry Management
Companion Animals or Range Management
Equine Science
Companion Animal Science
Principles of Rangeland Management
Select from the following:4-5
Physiological Chemistry of Animals (Upper-division B) 1
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications (Upper-division B) 1
Biochemical Principles (Upper-division B) 1
Select from the following:4
Equine Nutrition
Nonruminant Nutrition
Ruminant Nutrition
Animal Metabolism and Nutrition
Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Select from the following:4-5
Equine Reproduction
Veterinary Pharmacology
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction
Systemic Animal Physiology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Advanced Equine Reproductive Technologies
Lactation Physiology
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology
Approved Electives 2,3
Select 16 units of any course with an ASCI or DSCI prefix at the 300-500 level.16
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B3) 14
or BIO 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I 45
or CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B4) 1,54
or MATH 161 Calculus for the Life Sciences I
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
(see GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives 619-21
4 units of free electives must be at the 300-500 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units of upper-division courses.
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 52 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units52