(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
James Murray, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 2223 Meyer Hall; 530-752-1250; http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/
Master Advisor. E.J. DePeters
Undergraduate Advising. 1202 Meyer Hall 530-754-7915; https://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/academics/undergrad/advising.
Advising Center for the major, minors and course offerings (including peer advising) is located in the Animal Science Advising Center in 1202 Meyer Hall; 530-754-7915. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor through this office upon entering the major.
Graduate Advising. 1249 Meyer Hall; 530-752-2382
The Major Program
Science major is devoted to the sciences central to understanding biological
function of domestic and captive animals, their care, management, and
utilization by people for food, fiber, companionship, and recreation. Advances
in science and technology, and an ever-growing human population, have increased
the complexity of issues surrounding the care and management of animals.
Specializations within the major allow students to develop a scientific
appreciation of animals and their relationship to their environment. Graduates
in Animal Science are able to advance the science and technology of animal care
and management in an objective and effective manner for the betterment of
animals and society.
The curriculum provides depth in the biological and physiological sciences and
allows students to specialize within the broad field of applied animal science.
Study begins with introductory courses in animal science, biology, chemistry,
mathematics, and statistics. Students undertake advanced courses in animal behavior,
biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, and physiology and the integration of these
sciences to animal function, growth, reproduction, and lactation. Students
complete the curriculum by choosing a specialization in either an animal
science discipline (animal behavior, biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, or
physiology) or in the sciences particular to a class of animals (aquatic,
avian, companion and captive, equine, laboratory, livestock and dairy, or
A wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates. The primary
goal of the major is to prepare students for graduate study leading to the M.S.
and Ph.D. degrees; for continued study in a professional school such as
veterinary medicine, human medicine, or dentistry; for careers in research,
agricultural production, farm and ranch management, or positions in business,
sales, financial services, health care, agricultural extension, consulting
services, teaching, journalism, or laboratory technology.
Graduate Study. The Animal Biology Graduate Group offers a program of study and research leading to the M.S. or Ph.D., degree in Animal Biology. See Animal Biology (Graduate Group); see also Graduate Studies.