Animal Science

Animal Science Minor

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Program Summary

Combining a minor with your major will enrich your degree and help open opportunities for you in the job market. The Animal Science online minor allows students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln as well as at other institutions to obtain an education in a beneficial area of study for several high demand careers, such as veterinary medicine, farming and agriculture, fisheries and wildlife, food safety and other animal related jobs. Due to the breadth of courses available online, students can develop a minor focused on a specific species (livestock science, companion animal science, meat science, and equine science).

This online minor provides an option for students pursuing the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science or who are currently enrolled in such programs as Agribusiness, Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Students eligible for the animal science minor:

  • Current Nebraska degree-seeking students enrolled in a university undergraduate program. (Minor is noted on your university transcript.)

Students who can enroll in animal science courses but are NOT eligible for the minor (considered non-degree seeking students at the university):

  • Inter-campus University of Nebraska students from UNO, UNK and UNMC.
  • Visiting students from other colleges and universities.
  • You should consult with your program advisor regarding transferability of courses to your college or university.

Program Courses & Options

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The animal science minor prepares students with a variety of career goals within several high-demand fields focused on specific species (livestock science, companion animal science, meat science, and equine science). Students may elect to complete either the 18-credit hour minor or the 12-credit hour minor.

  • All courses are online.
  • Courses follow the same schedule as on-campus/classroom courses, including final exam week.
  • Textbooks or materials for courses are available through the University Bookstore.
  • You should consult with your Nebraska advisor to verify courses needed for your degree program.
  • Some online courses require on-campus testing on specific dates. Off-campus students may need to secure a proctor for testing in these courses.
  • For university degree-seeking students: there is no limit to the number of online courses you can take per semester. However, you should consult with your major advisor before enrolling.
  • For visiting students: there are limits to the number of online courses you can take per semester. Please review the information at Admissions on Visiting Student requirements and limitations.

Please check with Registration & Financial Aid offices to ensure:

  • Courses count toward your financial aid (e.g., scholarships, grants, loans, etc.).
  • Courses apply toward full- or part-time enrollment status for insurance and financial aid purposes.

Required Courses (18 Credit Hours)

ASCI course at 100-level : 3–4 credit hours required

Select one from: ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry (4 cr) or ASCI 151 Introductory Companion Animal Biology (3 credit hours)

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals


Animal Management 200-level courses: 2–3 credit hours required

ASCI 254 Basic Swine Science (2 credit hours, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

Select one from: ASCI 210 Animal Products, ASCI 213 Meats Specifications & Procurement, or ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 credit hours)


Additional 200-level courses: 3 credit hours required

Select one from: ASCI 210 Animal Products, ASCI 213 Meats Specifications & Procurement, or ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 credit hours)


ASCI courses at 300/400 level: 4–6 credit hours required

NOTE: 2 credits from experiential learning courses may be used. Independent study courses ASCI 399 and ASCI 496 are excluded.

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 credit hours)

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition (3 credit hours)

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition (2 credit hours)

ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction (2 credit hours)

ASCI 354A Swine Breeding & Gestation (1 credit hour, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

ASCI 354B Swine Farrowing Management (1 credit hour, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

ASCI 354D Swine Nursery Management (1 credit hour, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

ASCI 354E Employee Management for Swine Industry (1 credit hour, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

ASCI 354F Swine Environment Management (1 credit hour, offered through GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 credit hours)

ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 credit hours)

ASCI 422 Advanced Feeding & Feed Formulation (3 credit hours)


Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

12 credits of ASCI courses above 300 level excluding ASCI 399 and ASCI 496


Admission Requirements

If you are already admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you can begin by registering for semester-based courses through MyRED

If you are not a Nebraska student and wish only to take courses, you should apply as an inter-campus student (for those currently enrolled at UNO, UNK or UNMC), or a visiting student (for all others).

Tuition & Fees

Resident

$297.25
Per Credit Hour*

NonResident

$575.00
Per Credit Hour*

*Rates may differ slightly based on the college from which you take classes, for courses offered through
GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA, and for any additional fees associated with special classes. Contact us with questions.

Faculty

Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

See Animal Science Faculty