Animal Sciences


What is Animal Sciences?

This major will combine your interests in biology and animals in a learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. During your freshman and sophomore year, you’ll take core Animal Sciences courses, including animal care and use, genetics, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, and growth. During your junior and senior year, you’ll have the flexibility to pick courses that specifically interest you. You’ll also have opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, gain hands-on experience in our laboratories and farms, and participate in internships and student organizations. You can choose from three concentrations: Companion Animal Science and Equine Science, Pre-Veterinary and Medical Science, and Technology and Management.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

82% employed or continuing education

40% employed after graduation

42% attending graduate school

$35,894 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Maschhoffs, ASPCA

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 31 ACT Score

1150 - 1340 SAT Score

3.31 - 3.82 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,622
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $33,976


  • Tuition: $31,764
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,458


  • Tuition: $32,638
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $52,332