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Animal Sciences: Animal Industry-Business/Production Emphasis

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

This degree is part of the newly formed School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. It encompasses science, production, marketing, research and utilization of animals and animal products in agriculture, entertainment, and companionship. TheFood Safety Path within the Industry option focuses not only on animal science courses but also on animal health, sustainable environmental practices, microbiology and bacteriology. The study of the safety and protection of our food sources is a rapidly expanding and highly specialized field that offers many career opportunities. Animal scientists study the breeding, production, marketing, and use of animals in agriculture, entertainment, and companionship. Students learn the biological processes involved in genetics, nutrition, and reproduction as well as the business aspects of racing and livestock management. Specializations include animal industry, science and pre-professional training, or race track industry. Check out the following class guide to see specific classes for this degree.

Research Opportunities: 

Campus Agricultural Center: The CAC has a group of facilities in Tucson and the surrounding area that include a large animal research building, the veterinary diagnostic lab, a feed mill, the Santa Rita Experimental Range, an equine teaching complex, a dairy research center, several state-of-the-art greenhouses, and numerous research plots.

Food Product and Safety Laboratory: The Food Products and Safety Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, USDA-inspected processing facility with full harvesting facilities, processing, and fabrication rooms. There is also an interactive auditorium classroom for processing techniques in meat animal composition and food safety.

Livestock Center: The livestock facilities at the UA Agricultural Center are equipped with 48 individual pens for outdoor housing and large animal experiments. They are also accompanied by 20 acres of cattle pastures, sheep and veal calf working facilities to accommodate research and projects related to livestock and the environment. 

William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center: The William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center is a one-of-a-kind environmental control facility that has state-of-the-art environmental control capabilities, including solar radiation. This environmental control allows the center to study of individual genes in cattle and sheep when they are exposed to certain conditions.

Research Themes: 
Food Systems and Security
Governance, Law, and Policy
Public Health
Science Engagement