Animal and Veterinary Sciences B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements - Common to all Concentrations

Animal and Veterinary Sciences
ASCI 001Introductory Animal Sciences4
ASCI 110Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding4
ASCI 122Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare3
ASCI 141Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals4
ASCI 181Animal Science Career Seminar1
ASCI 215Physiology of Reproduction3
One additional Animal and Veterinary Sciences elective at the 200-level3 or 4
Animal Health
Choose one of the following health options:3 or 4
Horse Health and Disease
Appl Animal Health
Clin Top:Companion Animal Med
Clin Topics:Livestock Medicine
Microbiol & Infectious Disease
Clinical Microbiology I
Immunology
Eukaryotic Virology
Immunology
Genetics
Choose one of the following genetics options:3
Animal Genetics
Genetics
Biology
BIOL 001
BIOL 002
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology
8
or BCOR 011
BCOR 012
Exploring Biology
and Exploring Biology
Chemistry
CHEM 023Outline of General Chemistry4
or CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1
CHEM 026Outline of Organic & Biochem4
or CHEM 042 Intro Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 141 Organic Chemistry 1
Mathematics
MATH 009College Algebra (or higher)3
Statistics
STAT 111Elements of Statistics3
or STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods
or STAT 211 Statistical Methods I

Additional courses are selected with the help of the faculty advisor. See specific academic offerings for additional course requirements. In addition, each student must complete all college and university requirements for graduation.

This page includes descriptions of the four Animal and Veterinary Sciences concentrations:

Dairy Production Concentration

Equine Science Concentration

Zoo, Exotic, and Companion Animal Concentration

Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science Concentration

Dairy Production Concentration

Designed for the student seeking in-depth training in dairy herd management and milk production with strong links to agribusiness.  Experiential learning is emphasized through the Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) program and the Vermont Technical College/UVM 2+2 FARMS program. Students with an interest in agribusiness should also consider a minor in Community Entrepreneurship (CEnt) from the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE).

For students interested in dairy production, the Vermont Technical College/UVM 2+2 FARMS program provides Vermont residents with scholarships and the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree after a two-year associate degree in Dairy Farm Management from the Vermont Technical College.

A potential plan of study for the dairy production concentration is outlined below but programs are highly individualized by students working with the faculty advisors.

First YearCredits
CALS 001 Foundations:Communication Meth3
CALS 002 Foundation:Information Tech3
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Organic Chemistry4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability6
ENGS 001 Written Expression3
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 012 Exploring Biology
4
Year Total: 31
 
SophomoreCredits
ASCI 122 Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare3
ASCI 181 Animal Science Career Seminar1
ASCI 141 Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals4
ASCI 168 Animal Genetics3
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 011 Exploring Biology
4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 118 Appl Animal Health3
ASCI 134 CREAM4
Statistics3
ASCI 177 Animal Plagues & Global Health3
Electives3
Year Total: 34
 
JuniorCredits
ASCI 110 Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding4
Mathematics or Diversity of Sustainability3
ASCI 156 Dairy Management Seminar2
ASCI 135 CREAM4
ASCI 143 Forage and Pasture Mgmnt4
ASCI 234 Advanced Dairy Management15
Year Total: 32
 
SeniorCredits
ASCI 156 Dairy Management Seminar2
ASCI 216 Endocrinology3
ASCI 215 Physiology of Reproduction3
ASCI 220 Lactation Physiology3
ASCI 230 Agricultural Policy & Ethics3
ASCI 252 FARMS Senior Project4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 264 Clin Topics:Livestock Medicine3
Electives6
Year Total: 30
 
Total Credits in Sequence: 127

Equine Science Concentration

Specialized courses are offered on the care, management, breeding, training, and health of horses. Students can focus in either equine management and industry and/or equine health. 

The world-famous Morgan Horse Farm at Middlebury, about 45 minutes from campus, is also part of the department and offers opportunities for study and research. Students may also enroll in equine courses at the Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York. Students with an interest in equine business should also consider a minor in Community Entrepreneurship (CEnt) from the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE).

A potential plan of study for the equine science concentration is outlined below but programs are highly individualized by students working with the faculty advisors

First YearCredits
CALS 001 Foundations:Communication Meth3
CALS 002 Foundation:Information Tech3
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Organic Chemistry4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ENGS 001 Written Expression3
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 012 Exploring Biology
4
ASCI 115 Introduction to Equine Studies4
Year Total: 32
 
SophomoreCredits
ASCI 122 Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare3
ASCI 181 Animal Science Career Seminar1
ASCI 141 Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals4
ASCI 168 Animal Genetics3
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 011 Exploring Biology
4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 117 Horse Health and Disease3
Equine Enterprise Management3
Equine Training Tech3
Electives3
Year Total: 30
 
JuniorCredits
ASCI 110 Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 215 Physiology of Reproduction3
ASCI 121 Equus8
Statistics3
ASCI 143 Forage and Pasture Mgmnt4
ASCI 208 Equine Industry Issues3
Electives6
Equine Reproduction Workshop1
Year Total: 35
 
SeniorCredits
ASCI 221 Lameness in Horses4
Equine Internship6
ASCI 125 Equine Instructing Techniques2
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
Electives15
Year Total: 30
 
Total Credits in Sequence: 127

Zoo, Exotic, and Companion Animal Concentration

This concentration is designed for students who are primarily interested in zoo, exotic, and companion animals and are interested in transitioning to jobs in these industries after graduation. Courses are offered on the management, care, breeding, health, and training of zoo, exotic, and companion animals with hands on experiences available locally and through summer course work and internships. A potential plan of student is outlined below but individual plans will ultimately be designed by the student and advisor. Students should also consider a minor in either Psychological Science from the Department of Psychological Science or a minor in Community Entrepreneurship (CEnt) from the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) or a minor in Wildlife Biology from the The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

A potential plan of study for the zoo, exotic and companion animal concentration is outlined below but programs are highly individualized by students working with the faculty advisors.

First YearCredits
CALS 001 Foundations:Communication Meth3
CALS 002 Foundation:Information Tech3
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences4
Inorganic Chemistry4
Organic Chemistry4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ENGS 001 Written Expression3
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 012 Exploring Biology
4
ASCI 006 Companion Animal Care & Mgmt3
Year Total: 31
 
SophomoreCredits
ASCI 122 Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare3
ASCI 181 Animal Science Career Seminar1
ASCI 141 Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals4
ASCI 168 Animal Genetics3
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 011 Exploring Biology
4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 118 Appl Animal Health3
Statistics3
Understanding and Speaking Dog3
Electives6
Year Total: 33
 
JuniorCredits
ASCI 110 Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding4
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 215 Physiology of Reproduction3
MMG 101 Microbiol & Infectious Disease4
ASCI 171 Zoos, Exotics & Endang Species3
WFB 174 Prin of Wildlife Management3
ASCI 143 Forage and Pasture Mgmnt4
Canine Behavior3
Electives9
Year Total: 36
 
SeniorCredits
ASCI 272 Adv Top:Zoo,Exotic,Endang Spec3
WFB 273 Terrestrial Wildlife3
WFB 130 Ornithology3
ASCI 216 Endocrinology3
ASCI 263 Clin Top:Companion Animal Med3
Mathematics or Diversity or Sustainability3
Electives12
Year Total: 30
 
Total Credits in Sequence: 130

Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science Concentration

This option is for students who intend to enter veterinary, professional or graduate school.  It provides the necessary background in the sciences, as well as opportunities for advanced study related to production, companion, and zoo animals.

A potential plan of study for the pre-veterinary/pre-professional science concentration is outlined below but programs are highly individualized by students working with the faculty advisors.

First YearCredits
CALS 001 Foundations:Communication Meth3
CALS 002 Foundation:Information Tech3
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences4
Inorganic Chemistry8
Mathematics (MATH 019) or Diversity or Sustainability3
ENGS 001 Written Expression3
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 021 Accelerated Biology
4
ASCI 006 Companion Animal Care & Mgmt3
Year Total: 31
 
SophomoreCredits
ASCI 122 Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare3
ASCI 181 Animal Science Career Seminar1
ASCI 141 Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals4
ASCI 168 Animal Genetics3
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
or BCOR 011 Exploring Biology
4
Mathematics (MATH 019) or Diversity or Sustainability3
ASCI 118 Appl Animal Health3
Organic Chemistry8
ASCI 117 Horse Health and Disease3
ASCI 177 Animal Plagues & Global Health3
Year Total: 35
 
JuniorCredits
ASCI 110 Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding4
Mathematics (MATH 019) or Diversity or Sustainability3
MMG 101 Microbiol & Infectious Disease4
BCOR 103 Molecular and Cell Biology4
ENGS 050 Expository Writing
or ENGS 053 Intro to Creative Writing
3
STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods3
ASCI 277 Animal and Human Parasitology3
Physics8-10
Year Total: 32-34
 
SeniorCredits
ASCI 185 Biochem for Life & Health Sci3
ASCI 187 BiochemLab for Life&Health Sci1
ASCI 216 Endocrinology3
ASCI 263 Clin Top:Companion Animal Med3
ASCI 264 Clin Topics:Livestock Medicine3
Mathematics (MATH 019) or Diversity or Sustainability3
Electives15
Year Total: 31
 
Total Credits in Sequence: 129-131