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Animal Biology

University of Guelph
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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33,551 CAD

Program description

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.

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

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Canadian Students/Permanent Residents - $6,091 per year and for International Students - $24,300 - 33,551 per year

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Career opportunities

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

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About this institute

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, with top marks in student experience. No matter where you're from, once you enrol at U of G, you’re part of a community – a network of...

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Why study at University of Guelph

A few highlights...

  • Top marks for Student Experience (Maclean's, 2019)
  • Oldest Veterinary medicine degree in North America and ranked #7 worldwide in Veterinary Sciences (QS World University Rankings, 2019)
  • 90.15% of our grads are employed within 6 months of graduation
  • Experiential learning and co-op opportunities available in many of our undergraduate degrees
  • One of the world's top 400 universities (Time Higher Education, 2012-2017)
  • Five star ranking and ranked in the top 20 universities in Canada (QS World University Rankings 2019)

Contact info

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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