Animal SciencesMaster in Animal Sciences

About us

The Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University focuses on advancing animal sciences for the betterment of animals and humans through:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Outreach endeavors

It is the leading provider of animal science education and outreach in the state of Ohio. A strategic alliances was formed with:

  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Department of Human Nutrition in the College of Education and Human Ecology,
  • The Animal Welfare Science Centre in Australia
  • Other universities and institutions both in the United States and abroad

The department is consistently collaborating with other academic, industry, and government professionals and scientists across the world. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research that has widespread implications for both traditional and emerging agriculture, along with animal and human health. Areas of our research focus include:

  • Nutrition and microbiology
  • Breeding, genetics, and reproduction
  • Growth, development, and meat science
  • Mammary biology and milk quality
  • Animal behavior and health/well-being
  • Waste management and biofuels

The department's species foci include

  • Cattle (beef and dairy)
  • Horses
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Companion animals (teaching and outreach)

The department excels at integrating disciplines while pursuing our mission of discovering and communicating knowledge about animals and their products by taking multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.

The Graduate Program in Animal Sciences offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Training is offered in both applied and basic aspects of animal sciences.The PhD program is designed to prepare students for positions that:

  1. Involve application of knowledge to various aspects of the animal enterprise,
  2. Are devoted to pursuit of knowledge in the discipline in which the student was trained, or
  3. Are in the research segments of industry or various agencies of government

Graduate students also have the opportunity to obtain their degrees through two interdisciplinary paths.