Animal Science Major

The Animal Science Major provides a sound background in the basic sciences to prepare students for a wide range of jobs in agriculture and related biomedical fields. All incoming freshmen enter the program as Animal Science Majors and must declare one of the following concentrations:

These concentrations will equip students with the skills to make them competitive in the job market after graduation.

Qualifying undergraduate students may elect the Commonwealth Honors College program.

Students interested in transferring into the Animal Science major or changing from the Animal Science to the Pre-Veterinary Science major should carefully read Changing Your Major.  To learn more about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Undergraduate program, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

The Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department does not currently offer a minor, however students with strong coursework in other departments may consider a dual major. Students who have graduated from other majors at UMass Amherst or from other universities are eligible to apply for a second degree in Animal Science.

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