Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences is the study of the basic principles of science and their application to the biological, economic, social, and environmental aspects as they relate to animals and the society we live in. Students will receive a firm foundation in the basic science disciplines, which include population and molecular genetics, nutrition, physiology (lactational, reproductive, and growth), biotechnology, behavior, management, and welfare. Students have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas:

Animal Biosciences (a Pre-Vet track) This specialization lays the important ground work in understanding the biological and chemical systems of animals as well as prepares students to apply to professional/graduate school programs. Students earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.  
Animal Industries This specialization prepares students to go straight into the industry after they graduate. Students earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.  
Nutrition Students will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and how diet impacts the whole body as a consequence of nutrient actions at the cellular and molecular levels, playing a vital role in optimizing the health, well-being, and performance of animals, including humans, to enhance the quality and longevity of life. This specialization is an interdisciplinary program between the Departments of Animal Sciences and Human Nutrition. Students earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
Veterinary Technology This is a joint program between the Department of Animal Sciences and the Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technology Program that enables students to gain their Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Ohio State and their Applied Science degree from Columbus State in 4 years. Students can gain their veterinary technology licensure and certification to work as a highly-qualified veterinary technologist or go out into the animal industry to make a difference. 
Possible Career Options
Animal Biosciences (a Pre-Vet track) Biomedical Research Technologist Geneticist
Laboratory Researcher Reproductive Physiologist
Animal Industries Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator Commodity Organization Specialist
Embryo Transfer Technician Feed Sales Representative
Large Animal Trainer  
Nutrition Allied Health Care Professional Medical Doctor​*
Nutritional Consultant Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Veterinary Technology Animal Shelter Manager Animal Behaviorist
Laboratory Animal Manager Veterinary Technician

* Additional Education Required

Classes and Curriculum
Animal Biosciences (a Pre-Vet track) This specialization provides hands-on experience through coursework that includes animal nutrition, physiology, genetics, health, immunology, reproductive physiology and upper-level science coursework required for professional school admission that includes organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, and molecular genetics.
Animal Industries Students’ coursework will focus on a well-rounded education in the behavior, management, economics, marketing, health, nutrition, physiology, and genetics of animals.
Nutrition Students will learn fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, nutritional physiology, nutrient transport and metabolism, digestion, absorption, utilization of dietary carbohydrates and fat for energy production, as well as vitamin and mineral requirements.
Veterinary Technology Students will study radiology, parasitology, anesthesiology, surgery techniques, and small animal health and disease as well as animal nutrition, physiology, genetics, behavior, and management.
After Graduation
Animal Biosciences 33.3% 61.9% 4.8% $33,744
Animal Industries 78.9% 11.5% 9.6% $37,977
Nutrition 33.3% 33.3% 33.3% N/A
Veterinary Technology 100% 0% 0% $25,680
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Mariette Benage
Student Success Coordinator
Department of Animal Sciences
(614) 292-7156


Hannah Zimmerman
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services
(614) 247-6685