Animal Science

The Animal Science program at Dawson Community College prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, with a focus on animal science, food, fiber, and natural resource industries.

Students will gain a basic understanding of the role of livestock in agriculture and basic concepts of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics. Additionally, students will have an introduction to commercial applications, including ration formulation, disease, prevention, AI, genetic selection and crossbreeding systems, and agriculture business and technology. 

  • Associate of Applied Science

    The two-year Associate of Applied Science in Animal Science trains students for employment in traditional, broad-based animal agriculture, such as livestock production, business, and services related to livestock. Additional professional opportunities include ranching, extension, livestock consulting, market livestock analysis, meat grading, and animal recreation. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Build a strong knowledge base regarding the role of livestock in agriculture, including basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics.
    • Provide an introduction to commercial applications, including ration formulation, disease, prevention, AI, genetic selection and crossbreeding systems, and agriculture business and technology.
    • Give the student the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practical experiences for entry-level employment or self-employment in the agricultural industry segments.
    • Serve those students seeking a career in Agriculture and/or planning to pursue an education beyond the associate’s level.
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communications, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility and the participation in public affairs.
    • Provide students with opportunities for practical experience in the Agriculture system via internships, fieldwork, and skills-based course offerings.
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas.
  • Certificate of Applied Science

    The one-year Certificate of Applied Science in Livestock Technology is designed for the person who plans to return to the farm or ranch to pursue a career working in the livestock production industry. The curriculum stresses production techniques that can be applied immediately to the livestock enterprise. Basic academic courses are included to provide a well-rounded education. 

    Program Outcomes

    • Build a strong base of knowledge in the field of Agriculture
    • Prepare students for entry level employment in public and private Agriculture-related organizations.
    • Assist students in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to conceptualize ideas.
    • Expose students to courses in computation, communication, and human relations, and will assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility and the participation in public affairs.
    • Serve those students seeking a career in Agriculture by providing in-depth and practical skills-based exposure to general Agriculture.
Suggested Courses
Credits
ACTG101 Accounting Procedures 3
AGBE210 Economics of Ag Business 3
ANSC100 Intro to Animal Science 3
ANSC102 Animal Husbandry 3
ANSC202 Livestock Feeding and Nutrition 4
ANSC205 Intro to Meat Evaluation 3
ANSC215 Calving Management 3
ANSC240 Animal Reproduction 3
ANSC262 Range Livestock Production 3
ANSC265 A&P of Domestic Animals 3
ANSC266 A&P of Domestic Animals Lab 1
ANSC299 Ag Capstone 3
BIOB101 Discover Biology 3
BIOB102 Discover Biology Lab 1
BMGT237 Human Relations in Business 3
CAPP131 Basic MS Office 3
COMX111 Intro to Public Speaking 3
ECP100 First Aid/CPR 1
ENSC105 Environmental Science 3
M105 Contemporary Math or higher 3
NRSM101 Natural Resource Conservation 3
WRIT101 College Writing I 3

Explore the Dawson Community College catalog for course descriptions.