Bakersfield College

Animal Science

Animal Science Associate in Science

The Animal Science major prepares students for occupations in those areas of agriculture that involve livestock production and related agribusinesses. Both the scientific and practical aspects of the production of horse, beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, poultry, and companion animals are the focus of courses. Career opportunities in Animal Science include livestock production, feeds industry sales, veterinary assistant, pharmaceutical sales, ranch/farm management, pet care and retail sales.

To Achieve the Associate in Science
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Animal Science Associate in Science.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 26 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate AI procedures, proper record keeping in the field of animal science, and skills in day to day animal production such as proper care, feeding, and reproduction.
  • be able to practice proper basic principles of animal safety, evaluate performance such as growth and feed conservation.
  • demonstrate specific skills in animal science such as production, genetics, and nutrition within the animal science discipline needed for employment.
  • identify conformation qualities in cattle, sheep, and swine.

Total Units: 26


Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
AGBS B2 Agricultural Economics 3.0
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment & Society 3.0
ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science 3.0
WEXP B248 Occupational Work Experience Education 3.0
AGRI B49 Agiculture Leadership Training 2.0

Select 6 units form the following courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
ANSC B2 Beef Production 3.0
ANSC B3 Sheep Production 3.0
ANSC B4 Dairy Production 3.0
ANSC B10 Horse Production 3.0
ANSC B5 Swine Production 3.0

Select 6 units form the following courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
ANSC B6 Applied Animal Nutrition 4.0
ANSC B7 Animal Diseases 3.0
ANSC B11 Livestock Selection & Evaluation 3.0
ANSC B83 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4.0
ANSC B84 Small Animal Diseases 1.5
ANSC B85 Large Animal Diseases 1.5
ANSC B86 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 1.5
ANSC B88 Surgery, Dental, Anesthesilogy for Veterinary Technicians 1.5
ANSC B90 Emergency Medicine, Surgery/Nursing Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
ANSC B92 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
ANSC B94 Caged Birds, Laboratory, and Exotic Animal Medicine 2.0
ANSC B96 Radiology, Ultrasound, and Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technology 1.5
NRES B1 Range Management 3.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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