College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Program Requirements

To help students maximize their flexibility in course selection, students starting Fall 2017 now choose from one of three tracks: Animal Care & Management (our Equine Studies program is now housed under this track), Science/Pre-Professional (Animal Biotechnology is now housed under this track) or Combined Degree. Under each of these tracks, students have opportunities to tailor the program to their interests, by selecting Management and Advanced Elective courses that reflects the emphasis area on which they wish to focus.

Consult this chart to see recommended courses based on your area of interest. Please note that these courses are suggestions, and that students can select any approved courses to meet these requirements.



Curriculum worksheets (a list of all degree requirements), sample 4-year plans, and benchmark contracts for all options can be found below:

Animal Care & Management - 0104A

This curriculum prepares you for a rewarding career in equine, poultry, or livestock production and related fields (animal nutrition, health, and allied industries). Students can tailor their academic plan to personal interests by selecting approved Management courses and Advanced Animal Science Electives that match those interests. 

Science/Pre-Professional - 0104E

This curriculum prepares students for entry into professional schools in the health sciences (medical, dental, pharmaceutical, etc.) and top graduate research programs in the US.  You will fulfill course requirements for application to medical, dental, and graduate schools and prepare for the GRE, MCAT, and DAT exams. 

**Combined Ag-Veterinary Medicine - 1299D

Track for students seeking early vet school admission (junior year applicant). Regular pre-vet students use - 0104E. 
The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences provides a sciences/professional option which will prepare you for entry into any of the 27 veterinary schools in the United States, including the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. 


Additional course planning resources are available in our Advising section. Make sure to read about our Minimum Grade Policy!

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