BS Animal Science

The Bachelor of Science in Animal Science provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers and graduate programs in production animal agriculture. The Animal Science program offers students multiple opportunities to engage in of hands-on learning.  Students are involved in a number of major projects including: poultry production and related research projects; artificial insemination schools for both small ruminants and cattle; and forage and grazing production and research. Students will visit a variety of local livestock, poultry and equine facilities as well as handle the animals at the UMO Student Farm. Animal Science labs are limited to 15 students per section to allow for a high level of student participation.  If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian, please see the Veterinary Bioscience degree.

Key Program Features

Participation in animal science and livestock competitions such as the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, Livestock Judging, Animal Science Quadrathalon and Forage Quiz Bowl. Students also have the opportunity to attend conferences at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Industry recognized certifications to build on classroom and applied learning to prepare students for careers.

Applied learning opportunities at the Kornegay Student Farm with pastured raised goats, sheep, calves and chickens as well as visits to local farms to prepare students to research and communicate with others about agricultural issues.

UMO Animal Science Club organizes monthly meetings/activities to educate and expose students to working with large and small animals. HR representatives from livestock and poultry agribusinesses as well as county, state and federal government employees discuss potential internships and careers. Students also attend community events and fairs to teach the public about agriculture.

Program Details

UMO students have participated in summer internships with swine and poultry integrators such as Smithfield Foods, Prestage Farms, Goldsboro Milling, Sanderson Farms and Butterball. Other internships have been completed with the NCDA Research Stations, NC Cooperative Extension, and family dairy and beef cattle farms.

Before students graduate, they will have the opportunity to become certified in Pork Quality Assurance, Transport Quality Assurance, Beef Quality Assurance, Livestock and Poultry Pests, Operator in Charge Type A, and FAMACHA.

Rachel grew up on a beef cattle farm in Waxhaw, NC. During her four years at UMO, Rachel held leadership positions in CFFA and the UMO Chapter of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers. As a member of the UMO Dairy Challenge Team, she visited numerous dairy farms in NC and then traveled to Florida and California to compete in the Southern and National competitions analyzing dairies milking several thousand head of cattle. Rachel completed internships at White Rock Farms in Peachland, NC during the summers of 2017 and 2018 and was offered a full-time position as the dairy’s AI technician upon graduation. “I always knew I wanted to be involved with agriculture, but UMO helped me take my passion and turn it into a career. I gained hands-on experience in labs at the UMO Farm, on field trips and through the many extra-curricular activities. My internship led me to career that I absolutely love, and I am very proud to be part of the agricultural industry. “

More Information

Traditional Undergraduate Degree Sheets
  • Farm and Ranch Managers
  • Feedlot Operators
  • Animal Nutritionists
  • Animal Feed Sales
  • Animal Health Product Sales
  • Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory Technicians
  • Animal Research Technician
  • Food and Animal Inspectors with State and Federal Agencies
  • Animal Breeding/Reproductive Technician
  • Livestock Extension Agents