Associate of Science in Animal Science (AS)

Division: Agriculture

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.

 Program Requirements

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
AGMT 103Introduction to Agriculture Business3
AGMT 108Ag Business Computer Applications3
ASCI 001Introduction to Animal Science3
ASCI 002Livestock Selection/Evaluation3
or ASCI 130 Equine Evaluation
ASCI 103Feeds and Feeding3
ASCI 104Livestock Disease and Sanitation3
WEXP 193FAgriculture Work Experience – First Semester3
Select three of the following courses:
ASCI 022Horse Husbandry3
ASCI 110Swine Science3
ASCI 111Beef Cattle Science3
ASCI 112Small Ruminant Science3
ASCI 113Farm Animal Biology3
ASCI 118Introduction to Dairy Science3
ASCI 123Horse Production3
ASCI 126Meat Science3
ASCI 202Applied Food Safety Management3
ASCI 224Livestock Merchandising2
VT 109Introduction to Veterinary Technology3
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).