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Animal Biology

University of Guelph
Bachelor's degree
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Animal Biology

Explore genetics, physiology, behaviour, welfare and nutrition. Obtain a broad overview of animal production systems and animal bioscience, and learn the science of breeding, feeding, care and management of agricultural animals. Expand your knowledge with electives, senior courses and undergraduate research projects. Build a career in veterinary medicine, the nutrition industry, animal care and welfare, or education and research. Also see B.Sc. (Agr.) Animal Science.

The animal biology major, offered as part of the Bachelor of Science degree program, emphasizes the science underlying the practical husbandry of animals, primarily those used for food products but also companion and exotic species. You will acquire a broad overview of animal production systems and a detailed understanding of how these rely increasingly on our emerging knowledge in fields such as genetics, molecular biology, reproductive technology, nutrition, environmental physiology, behaviour and welfare.

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Admission requirements

Admission to semester one of a degree program and General Studies is available in the Fall semester only. A semester one degree applicant is defined as one who will receive fewer than 2.00 transfer credits upon admission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1

  • Biology of Plants & Animals in Managed Ecosystems
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences

Semester 2

  • Principles of Animal Care and Welfare
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3

  • Animal Production Systems, Health and Industry
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics

Semester 4

  • Structure of Farm Animals
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Statistics I

Semester 5

  • Agricultural Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Nutrition

Semester 6

  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Disorders
  • Quantitative Genetics

Semester 7

  • Electives or restricted electives

Semester 8

  • Electives or restricted electives

Restricted Electives

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.


International fees - $30,500- $42,200CAD

Career paths

  • Animal bioscience specialist (research and education)
  • Animal behaviourst/animal care
  • Animal nutritionist
  • Pet nutrition consultant
  • Product quality controller
  • Veterinarian

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University of Guelph

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University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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