The Animal and Dairy Sciences Curriculum is designed to give students essential instruction and practical experience in the science and business of animal agriculture. Courses provide training in the areas of breeding, nutrition, growth and development, reproductive and lactational physiology, marketing, management, evaluation, muscle foods and dairy products processing as related to livestock species. Students may pursue one of three new concentrations:
Approximately $20,000 in annual scholarships are awarded by the Department each year. Please visit the scholarship page to apply.
Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by MSU) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.
Minor in ADS
A minor in Animal and Dairy Sciences would provide an opportunity for students to enhance their undergraduate training and build a platform that will set themselves above their peers upon graduation as they seek permanent employment in their respective industry. Click here for more information.
Activities, Clubs, Organizations
The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences encourages its students to take advantage of the many experiences offered by the departmental student organizations and teams. Clubs are a great way to develop leadership skills and to learn about the various animal industries. Visit the organizations page to find out more.
Animal and Dairy Sciences is a multidisciplinary science that focuses on livestock and companion animal growth, health and safety, as well as food and fiber production. It is estimated that nearly 9 billion people will inhabit the earth by 2025. Professionals in the diverse fields of animal and dairy sciences wish to provide healthy and wholesome food as well as quality fiber products to support the growing population. Majoring in Animal and Dairy Sciences will give students the education and experience needed to be successful in areas such as feeding and nutrition, reproductive physiology and breeding management, biotechnology, and sales and marketing. Course offerings are structured to provide a wide range of career choices. The curricula is a balance of basic and applied sciences that provides the training necessary for a career in the livestock agriculture business. In addition, the training prepares students for advanced careers in law, business, medicine, and veterinary sciences. Listen to an interview by undergraduate coordinator Jessica Graves about the options available to graduates in Animal and Dairy Sciences, as featured on Farm and Family Radio.
Solving Real World Problems
Students in the Animal and Dairy Sciences Senior Seminar class get an opportunity to address real problems facing the animal agriculture sector. Working as groups, the students sought guidance from ADS and other MSU faculty members to determine the 10 greatest challenges associated with animal agriculture that have local and global impacts. The students then did a comprehensive literature search, read and presented the most relevant articles, and then developed a review article. The manuscript is expected to be published in a peer reviewed scientific journal where all of the students in the class will be equally contributing first authors. Listen to an interview of the students, featured on Farm and Family Radio.