Bakersfield College

Animal Science

Animal Science Certificate of Achievement

Gainful Employment Information

Certificate prepares students for entry level employment in food animal production and animal management and care. This program prepares students for careers in Animal Science and entry level production jobs such as feed mill technician, beef technician, swine technician, poultry technician, animal groomer, small animal assistant technician, and pet store employee.

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

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 30 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:

  • identify and implement sustainable livestock management practices that will improve livestock quality, provide efficacious management, protect the natural resources, and ensure economic viability of the livestock industry.
  • demonstrate specific skills in animal science such as production, genetics, and nutrition within the animal science discipline needed for employment.
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of animal production life cycles to develop a ranch management calendar that incorporates scientifically based management decisions and the latest technological advances in livestock husbandry.
  • identify and evaluate livestock anatomy and physiology and relate form to function.

Total Units: 30


Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment & Society 3.0
ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science 3.0
AGRI B49 Agriculture Leadership Training 2.0

Select 22 units from the following

Course Number Title Units
ANSC B2 Beef Production 3.0
ANSC B3 Sheep Production 3.0
ANSC B4 Dairy Production 3.0
ANSC B6 Applied Animal Nutrition 4.0
ANSC B7 Animal Diseases 3.0
ANSC B10 Horse Production 3.0
ANSC B11 Livestock Selection and Evaluation 3.0
ANSC B22 Animals and Society 3.0
ANSC B83 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4.0
ANSC B84 Small Animal Diseases 1.5
ANSC B86 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technician 1.5
ANSC B88 Surgery, Dental, Anesthesiology 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
WEXP B248 Occupational Work Experience Education 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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