Bachelor's and master's degree programs in animal studies are available at select 4-year universities. Those interested in pursuing more advanced research into human and animal relationships or those interested in academic fields may find earning a master's degree in animal studies necessary.
Top 10 Plant and Animal Science Schools
The following schools offer animal studies programs at a variety of levels, and may include hands-on experience in animal care and management.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$49,116|
|University of California - Davis||Davis, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,951 in-state, $38,659 out-of-state|
|University of Florida||4-year, Public||Gainesville, FL||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$6,381 in-state, $28,659 out of state|
|University of California - Riverside||Riverside,CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,527 in-state, $38,235 out-of-state|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 in-state, $36,360 out-of-state|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison,WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,415 in-state, $29,665 out-of-state|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$49,241|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state|
Source: National Center for Educational Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students may consider the following when choosing a school:
- Students may opt for a related associate's or bachelor's degree program in animal science; students study such topics as animal biology, nutrition, welfare, production and animals' impact on the environment.
- Students may choose an associate's degree programs in animal science, which can prepare students for work in animal health environments, such as veterinary clinics, or animal processing sites like beef and dairy cattle ranches; bachelor's degree programs in animal science may include courses in management and industry procedure, and could be useful to students interested in operating such facilities.
- Students enrolling in veterinary tracks may prefer programs that prepare them for histotechnician certification in order to work in hospital, testing or research facilities.
- Animal science programs are commonly offered with multiple concentration areas, including equine studies, meat technology and dairy production, and many offer hands-on field experience, such as with livestock, horses and dairy producers, as well as in on-campus science laboratories.
Associate's Degree in Animal Science
An associate's degree program in animal science may offer general education courses that students can transfer to bachelor's degree programs. Specialization is typically required.
Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science
Bachelor's degree programs in animal science can be completed in four years and typically lead to animal processing or animal care professions. Students may study animals on a biological level. Coursework in the management of livestock, horses, sheep and birds may also be available.
Bachelor's Degree in Animal Studies
A bachelor's degree program in animal studies could give students the opportunity to incorporate studies into multiple professional fields, such as advocacy or agriculture.
Master's Degree in Animal Studies
A master's degree program in animal studies could allow for advanced research opportunities into human-animal relations and wildlife law. This subject may be incorporated into a larger field of study such as social science, and a thesis may be required for completion.
Programs in animal studies prepare students for work in different fields, such as advocacy, veterinary offices, agriculture, wildlife law and research.