The Animal and Food Sciences major applies the principles of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry to animal agriculture and food systems. The program encompasses a wide range of instruction including animal nutrition; animal health and molecular biology; food science and its interactions with animal agriculture, physiology, genetics and reproduction; and dairy, livestock and poultry management. Depending on a student's interests, he or she may choose electives that direct their studies toward production systems; food safety; molecular biology and genetics; and equine and companion animals.
The global employment outlook is increasingly good for Animal and Food Sciences majors. A degree in this area prepares students for entry-level technical, research, sales, and marketing positions in chemical, health and agriculturally related industries. Government agencies, zoos, aquariums, and veterinary practices also offer employment opportunities for students with the right background. Approximately 35% of Animal and Food Sciences graduates pursue advanced degrees in veterinary medicine, human medicine, and other sciences. Whatever your goal, we encourage you to participate in job search workshops and career days, develop your communication skills, do internships and learn to network with employers.
For more information on any of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources majors, contact the Office of Academic Programs at (302) 831-2508 or stop by 104 Townsend Hall.
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