Bakersfield College

Animal Science

Animal Science Associate in Arts

The Animal Science major prepares students for occupations in those areas of agriculture involving production, managing, and marketing of livestock. Both the scientific and practical aspects of the production of horse, beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle and companion animals are stressed in the courses.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts
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 Arts.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 23 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:

  • be able to identify animal contributions to human needs, demonstrate and understand animal behavior, and identify life cycles and biotechnological principles of animal production.
  • demonstrate specific skills in animal science such as production, genetics, and nutrition within the animal science discipline needed for employment.
  • demonstrate appropriate husbandry best practices to animals of economic value.
  • develop problem solving skills for lifetime learning.
  • understand the scientific method and design of experiments to test hypotheses and as such, experience the process of discovery.
  • demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills, skills to make oral presentations, and fundamental knowledge in production and management.

Total Units: 24


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
ANSC B2 Beef Production 3.0
  -or-  
ANSC B3 Sheep Production 3.0
  -or-  
ANSC B4 Dairy Production 3.0
  -or-  
ANSC B5 Swine Production 3.0
  -or-  
ANSC B10 Horse Production 3.0
ANSC B6 Applied Animal Nutrition 4.0
ANSC B7 Animal Diseases 3.0
AGRI B49 Agriculture Leadership Training 2.0
ANSC B11 Livestorck Selection & Evaluation 3.0
  -or-  
CRPS B2 Forage Crops 3.0
  -or-  
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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