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Animal Sciences: Animal Industry Emphasis: Food Safety

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Animal Sciences: Animal Industry Emphasis: Food Safety

Bachelor of Science

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This degree encompasses science, production, marketing, research and utilization of animals and animal products in agriculture, entertainment and companionship. The Industry Option with the Food Safety Path focuses not only on animal science courses but also animal health, microbiology and bacteriology.  The study of the safety and protection of our food sources is a rapidly expanding and highly specialized field that offers many career opportunities. Animal scientists study the breeding, production, marketing, and use of animals in agriculture, entertainment, and companionship. Students learn the biological processes involved in genetics, nutrition, and reproduction as well as the business aspects of racing and livestock management. Specializations include animal industry, science and pre-professional training, or race track industry.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
AN S 102R Introduction to Animal Science 3
AN S 102L Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory 1
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications or 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
AN S 210 Introduction to Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation 3
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
AN S 215 Physiology and Anatomy of Domestic Animals 3
SWES 200 Soils 3
Statistics 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
AN S 334 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
AN S 380 Food Safety and Microbiology 3
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
MIC 205L Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
Tier II General Education 3
General Elective 2
6th Semester
AN S 336A Applied Animal Nutrition 3
AN S 312 Animal and Plant Genetics 3
AN S 420 Meat Animal Composition 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
AN S 395A Professional Development in Animal Agriculture 1
Elective B 3
7th Semester
SWES 425 Environmental Microbiology 3
VSC 443 Research Animal Methods 3
AN S 447 Legal Environment of Business 3
AREC 315 Agribusiness Economics and Management 3
Communication 3
8th Semester
VSC 420 Pathogenic Bacteriology 3
Choice A 3
Choice B 3
AN S 446 Human Resource Management 3
General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of animal nutrition, pathology, and physiology combined with business, finance, and marketing strategies gained from a degree in Animal Sciences – Animal Industry in the Production and Business concentration forms a valuable career foundation for a growing field. Graduates in the Production and Business concentration might work for livestock breeders and producers, restaurant or grocery chains, farms, ranches, government extension offices, or the meat processing industry.

Potential Career Areas

  • Livestock management
  • Quality assessment
  • Facilities inspection
  • Operations management
  • Research and development
  • Cooperative extension services
  • Workplace safety training
  • Communications
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Consulting

Sample Employers

  • Livestock breeders and producers
  • Factory farms
  • Meatpacking plants
  • Food production and distribution companies
  • Grocery chains
  • Restaurant and fast food industry
  • Government agencies
  • Customer relations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Food Scientist $34,750 - $58,610
Agricultural and Food Science Technician $22,410 - $34,070
Livestock Handling Supervisor $23,800 - $41,800
Food Safety Specialist $40,080 - $66,790
Safety Inspector, Meatpacking $31,700 - $69,300
Agricultural Inspector $25,540 - $42,680
Agricultural Extension Agent $22,240 - $68,350
Safety Engineer $58,000 - $80,500
Industrial Toxicologist $47,525 - $71,483
Sales Representative $42,000 - $53,500
Consumer Safety Officer $24,677 - $39,738
Aquaculturist $16,640 - $70,110
Agricultural Engineer, Food Safety $44,750 - $67,690
Food Safety Supervisor $54,160 - $78,270
Health and Regulatory Inspector $20,630 - $34,940
Purchasing Agent $31,240 - $59,780