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Animal Science Major

Animal Science

Admission Requirements

Raising Animals in New Ways

 Learn About All Aspect of Animal Science

Learn how environment affects productivity, how physiology affects reproduction, and how to improve food quality, production and performance through animal breeding and nutrition.

 Hands-on Learning

Explore course topics in applied ways in barns and facilities with actual animals. You’ll learn in the various University of Guelph animal housing environments and work with cattle, horses, pigs, and poultry.

 Join Your Community

From beef science club to poultry club, there are communities and clubs for every animal interest. Join a club to learn more about your favourite animals and meet people who share your interests.

Why Animal Science?

Modern animal agriculture aims to produce quality products in efficient and humane animal production systems. Through studying animal behaviour, housing and management systems that promote farm animal welfare, you’ll learn how to ensure the sustainability of animal agriculture.

Students in the Animal Science (ANSC) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying: Honours Agriculture, Animal Biology, Equine Management or other majors.

What You Will Learn

  • Introduction to the Agri-Food Systems
  • Biology of Plants & Animals in Managed Ecosystems
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I

  • Soils in Agroecosystems
  • Animal Production Systems and Industry: Beef, Swine and Others
  • Introduction to Plant Agriculture
  • Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Our Animal Science co-op is a five-year program, with four co-op work terms, providing opportunities to work with a wide variety of employers, including government agencies, research labs, farms and agricultural companies. Co-op is designed to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career improving students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, and boosting resume experience.


In 2021, more than $42.7 million in scholarships was awarded to U of G students. In addition to general U of G awards, Animal Science students have access to 115 awards worth $250,000+.

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