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Animal Biology

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Animals play important roles in human economy, society and culture. They can be valuable economic resources, beloved companions, destructive nuisances or members of complex natural systems. Animal biology, the study of biological principles as they apply specifically to animals, bridges the gap between general biological sciences and applied animal husbandry techniques. As an animal biology major, you'll have the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by working with wild and domesticated animals in hands-on situations.

Major Requirements

Animal biology requires lower division preparation in science, calculus and statistics. You will also take courses in the application of biological principles to animals in natural and agricultural systems. At the upper division, you will deepen your knowledge of biology and its application to animals. You will also choose electives in areas of special interest to you. A special feature of this major is your senior practicum, in which you will design and carry out an individual creative project that will integrate your coursework and practical experiences and serve as a capstone to your major.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Epidemiologist
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist
  • Geneticist/Molecular Biologist
  • Physician
  • Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian
  • Zookeeper/Zoo Manager

Graduate Study

  • Animal behavior
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Medicine
  • Public health
  • Genetics

Alumni Employers

  • Texas Department of Health
  • National Park Service
  • Interpath Laboratory, Inc.
  • Escient Pharmaceuticals
  • University of California, Davis
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