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Animal Sciences

Do You Want to Improve the Welfare of Animals, Nutrition and Food Safety?

Animal Science students acquire firsthand experience working with world-class faculty developing students into industry leaders who care about food safety and animal welfare.  

The Animal Science degree program offers an opportunity to study food-producing animals through foundations courses in science and business. Students will work closely with industry professionals and animals in the field and in the lab, doing hands-on research and learning practical skills that you can use in the workforce.

Visit the CSU Course Catalog to learn more about coursework and requirements.


  • Broad-based understanding of biological principles and develop the ability to incorporate the use of these principles into animal management systems
  • An understanding of business/economic principles and their application to food animal production systems
  • Ability to critically evaluate industry and management issues
  • Problem-solving and leadership skills that enhance professional success

Where You’ll Find Us

Working at JBS Global Food Innovation center.

JBS Global Food Innovation Center in honor of gary and kay smith

Operate food supply equipment and process food in this state-of-the-art laboratory. Food is sold through Ram Country Meats at the on-campus Where Food Comes From Market.

Learn more about the JBS GFIC


Agricultural Research and Development Center

Work directly with crops and livestock at this research and teaching complex — one of ten around the state.

Learn More about ARDEC

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Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building

CSU's new home for Colorado agriculture, student aspirations and agricultural innovation for global impact.

Learn more about the Nutrien Building

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Science
  • Animal Biology 
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Food Safety
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Related Careers

  • Ranches 
  • Feedlots
  • Dairy Farms
  • Feed Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Livestock Service Organizations
  • Breed Organizations
  • Branded Beef Companies
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Enrollment in Graduate & Professional Schools
Heidi Redmond

Heidi Redmond

Student Success Center Administrative Assistant