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Animal Science

University of Guelph
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Animal Science

Explore the improvement of food quality, production and performance through selective breeding, good nutrition and sound management in animal science. The goal of modern animal agriculture is to produce quality products efficiently using humane animal production systems. Courses and independent research options cover animal nutrition, welfare, genetics and biotechnology, preparing you for various rewarding careers in animal production and health.

Modern animal agriculture aims to produce quality products in efficient and humane animal production systems. In the Animal Science major of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program, you will learn how environment affects productivity, how physiology affects reproduction, and how to improve food quality, production and performance through animal breeding and good nutrition. You will also study animal behaviour, housing and management systems that promote farm animal welfare, and learn how meat scientists develop tasty and nutritious products. This program is offered and administered by the Department of Animal Biosciences.

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

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Agroecology
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Economics of the Agri-Food System

Semester 3

  • Soils in Agroecosystems
  • Animal Production Systems, Health and Industry
  • Introduction to Plant Agriculture
  • Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics
  • Survey of Natural Resource Economics
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Semester 4

  • Principles of Animal Care and Welfare
  • Structure of Farm Animals
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Statistics I

Semester 5

  • Agricultural Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition

Semester 6

  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Disorders
  • Quantitative Genetics

Semester 7

  • Electives or restricted electives

Semester 8

  • Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving

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

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

Career opportunities

  • Livestock nutritionist
  • Life science professional
  • Pet nutrition consultant
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Vet pharmaceutical sales representative

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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

The city of Guelph was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 50 places to live in Canada.

The university campus boats a gorgeous walking campus, stunning greenery and beautiful building and facilities.

With over 200 student clubs, 7 dining halls, 19 intramural sports and a 25,000 sq. foot fitness centre, you can see why we are recognized as a Canadian leader in student experience.

There are so many ways for prospective international students to reach out to the university. Check out all our social media handles, as well as our university website and admission pages for up to date news. We also offer international students the ability to chat with current international students through our UniBuddy platform. Go onto our international admission webpages to find more details on how to get in touch with a student or staff UniBuddy and start chatting!

Contact info

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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