Associate of Science in Animal Science - Not for Transfer (AS)

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Animal Science through the study of animal health and production and will acquire skills in livestock husbandry, including livestock evaluation and handling, nutrition, production management and veterinary care.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge, practical skills and abilities in animal health, ethology, housing and environment, food products, genetics, nutrition, and reproduction to successfully work in the animal agriculture industry.
  • Identify and operate equipment and technology commonly used in the animal agriculture industry.
  • Communicate professionally both in oral and written formats demonstrating sound knowledge of the animal agriculture industry in that communication.
  • Describe and develop the necessary skills and requirements for pursuing careers in animal agriculture industry.
  • Ability to organize, interpret, and communicate relevant data utilizing scientific methodology and critical thinking.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: livestock operator, meat inspector/grader, feed salesman, pharmaceutical sales, livestock service and support staff, barn/ranch manager, livestock procurement.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
Required Major Courses (21 Units)21
Intro to Agriculture Business
AG Business Computer Apps
Intro to Animal Science
Livestock Selection/Evaluation
Livestock Feeding & Nutrition
Animal Diseases & Sanitation
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (9 Units)9
Select three of the following courses:
Horse Husbandry
Swine Science
Beef Cattle Science
Small Ruminant Science
Farm Animal Biology
Horse Production
Introduction to Dairy Science
Electives (5 Units)5
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions,
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).