Animal Sciences

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Animal Sciences?

This major will combine your interests in biology and animals in a learning environment that goes beyond the classroom. During your freshman and sophomore year, you’ll take core Animal Sciences courses. These may include animal care and use, genetics, anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, and growth. During your junior and senior year, you’ll have the flexibility to pick courses that interest you. You’ll also have opportunities to do undergraduate research and gain experience in our laboratories and farms. You can choose from three concentrations:

  • Companion Animal Science and Equine Science
  • Pre-Veterinary and Medical Science
  • Technology and Management

Career Options

  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal production
  • Consulting
  • Humane education
  • Management
  • Product development
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Veterinary medicine

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

40% employed after graduation

43% attending graduate school

$35,047 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ASPCA, Cargill View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong science and math coursework and performance
  • Calculus and Chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in working with animals

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

91% first-year retention rate

84% four-year graduation rate

88% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $15,298
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $38,448


  • Tuition: $34,418
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $57,908


  • Tuition: $35,366
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $58,856