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Degrees & Programs

Learning reaches beyond the classroom at Tarleton and is fostered by our numerous extracurricular activities through which students and faculty develop camaraderie. We are proud of our traditions of friendliness and of treating students with respect and individual attention. Animal Sciences faculty members are dedicated to your needs and make every effort to be responsive and progressive. Our department emphasizes the personal bond between student and teacher. Individualized education fosters an environment in which creativity and scholarship flourish. Through personalized counseling, we encourage you to identify a degree program that will prepare you professionally and challenge you academically.

The Department of Animal Sciences offers two degree programs which are Animal Science, and Veterinary Technology. The Animal Science degree has a choice of six concentrations: science; production; animal industries; pre-veterinary medicine; range management; and food and meat science.

Students arriving fall 2016 or later, must follow the following 2016-2017 degree advising guides.

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Science

This degree program provides a strong foundation in the scientific aspects (the "whys" and "hows") of animal production, nutrition, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology.  Supporting course work in chemistry, biology, and math provides students with background necessary to an understanding of the complex physiological and biological phenomena that explains why and how animals function and perform.

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Animal Production

This degree program stresses the practice "how-to" aspects of commercial livestock production with somewhat less emphasis on the "whys" and "hows" of animal physiology and biochemistry.  Animal Production is especially designed for students who expect and desire a career in the commercial production, marketing an/or promotion phases of a livestock industry.

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Animal Industries

The Animal Industries degree program offers students the combination of a strong foundation in animal science courses and basic business courses needed by graduates entering commercial and business enterprises related to animal agriculture.

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students desiring to pursue a veterinary medicine career can complete, at Tarleton, all necessary prerequisites for application to the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at Texas A&M University and other professional veterinary medicine schools.  Acceptance into the DVM program is quite competitive, and pre-vet students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in planning their individual programs of study.  The completed pre-vet curriculum leads to the Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science.

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Range Management

This concentration is similar to the Animal Production Concentration but provides students an additional emphasis in range production.  Students completing this concentration will have an understanding of animal production in range conditions typically found in the western U. S. 

Bachelors of Science in Animal Science – Food and Meat Science

This concentration was developed for students interested meat science, food safety, food quality and nutrition.  The growing world population has dramatically increased the demand for graduates with an understanding of animal production and an emphasis on meat quality, food safety, and diet/nutrition. 

Areas of Emphasis and Certificate Programs

Within the Animal Science degree programs, students select from a variety of specialty courses in Dairy, Equine Science, Swine, Sheep, Beef Cattle, and Meats to best qualify them for their chosen career.  For students wanting to further their education beyond the requirements for a degree, there is a certificate program in Equine Science with a new program in Dairy Production in development.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Requires completion of a two year Associate's degree from an accredited AVMA or CVTEA program

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree in Veterinary Technology will provide a foundation of knowledge and training in animal health care for persons interested in working in this field as a technologist.  It will also provide a logical path for persons holding an associate degree in Veterinary Technology to further their knowledge in this field through completion of a bachelor degree.  Students completing the program will be able to apply animal physiology principles to treatment of animals in a veterinary clinic as well as business skills to management of a veterinary clinic.