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Animal Sciences

A minor in animal sciences allows students to get a brief introduction into the world of animal sciences and gain a basic understanding of animal industries.

A minor in animal sciences allows the student to choose which discipline in animal sciences they are interested in and focus their classes in that area of study. Whether it is nutrition, genetics, animal production, or companion animals, a minor will help students to develop a broad understanding of the subject they are interested in.

In this minor, students will enhance their major while building a better career network. Subject matter areas include animal production and management, nutrition, genetics, animal behavior, immunology, meat science/muscle biology, microbiology, reproductive physiology, and molecular biology.

Students choose to get a minor in animal sciences because they know it can help enhance their education and provide a greater understanding of the animal industry. Students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to a career which may have an animal component. Most students who receive a minor in animal sciences are interested in a career in production agriculture.

Students obtaining an animal sciences minor will be required to take six courses for a total of 20 hours in animal sciences classes.

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For more information about the animal sciences minor, please contact:
Lauren Redman
Department of Animal Sciences
188 Animal Sciences Lab
lredman@illinois.edu
217-333-2252

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An undergraduate minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major, and allow students to gain expertise in an area secondary to their major. Our campus has more than 100 undergraduate minors to choose from. Most minors entail a comprehensive study of the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework.