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Animal Science

Gain a foundation in biological and natural sciences, breeding, nutrition, physiology and management in preparation for graduate training in animal sciences, such as veterinary school or animal biotechnology.

Animal Science – B.S. in Animal Science, Science Emphasis; Minor

Students in the Animal Science option at Montana State investigate the basic biological sciences of major livestock and rangeland in depth, as well as animal breeding, reproductive physiology, nutrition and livestock production. The option is designed for highly motivated students who have a strong interest in graduate training or professional school; graduates have gone onto veterinary school, medical school and graduate studies in the field.

The Animal Science major at Montana State offers two other Options Within the Major: Livestock Management & Industry and Equine Science.



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The BART Farm
The 400-acre Bozeman Area Research & Teaching (BART) Farm is less than one mile from campus.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Study Across The State
The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station provides research opportunities for agriculture students at farms and research centers across the state.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


 Animal Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Animal Nutrition

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.