In 1983, Department of Animal Sciences was formed from the merger of Dairy Science and Animal Science. Then in 1997 the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences was formed from the merger of the Department of Animal Sciences and the Department of Poultry Science. Animal Science is the study of domesticated animals used for food, biomedical research and leisure. Our department fulfills a tripartite mission of research, teaching, and extension. Departmental research programs are focused in five areas:

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Prospective Students

Welcome to ANSC at UMD! We are delighted you are interested in our program, and have created some resources to help you explore what we have to offer.

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Faculty & Staff

The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland is home to over thirty tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and affiliated faculty, forty research and administrative staff members, and over thirty graduate students.

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Scholarships & Assistantships

Departmental Undergraduate Scholarship awards range from $1,000-$3,000.

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Departmental paid Graduate Assistantships and Scholarship awards.

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Department Spotlight - Come Visit the Campus Farm!

The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC) Campus Farm is nestled in the middle of the College Park Campus adjacent to the ANSC building and the Comcast Center. The ANSC Campus Farm is considered to be the “jewel” of the department as it provides essential hands-on learning opportunities for our students and it serves as a showcase for the Animal Sciences discipline to all campus visitors.

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