About

Animal scientists study the feeding, breeding and management of domestic animals, particularly those of agricultural significance, from herd genetics and high-performance diets to animal vaccines and environmentally sound animal management.


Quick facts
  • Four year degree 
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will examine innovative solutions that meet the challenges posed by a growing world population with changing patterns of diet, a finite amount of farmland and changing climatic conditions. You will also study biotechnology, genetics, computer modelling, nutrition, animal behaviour and welfare, sustainable production systems and management, pasture management, and forage production.

A first-year schedule sample

Although there is a great deal of overlap between first year courses for most AgBio programs, it is important to consult the Course and Program Catalogue and contact an academic advisor for information about course selection prior to registration. Here's an example of what a first year in the degree program might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
AGRC 111 Sustainable Plant and Soil Management
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
ECON 111 Introductory Microeconomics
GEOG 130* Space Place and Society An Introduction to Human Geography

Winter Term
AGRC 112 Animal Agriculture and Food Science
AGRC 113 Agri Food Issues and Institutions
BIOL 224 Animal Body Systems
CHEM 250 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The course and program catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program. 

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

ANSC 315: Animal and Poultry Nutrition
Covers the principles of nutrition; the processes of digestion and utilization of foods and feeds; and the character, sources, function and requirements of the various nutrients. Laboratory work includes participation in laboratory analysis of feeds and practical nutritional exercises.

ANSC 410: Cow Calf Management
Provides an understanding of the management, feeding and productivity of the breeding beef herd. Includes both summer grazing and winter feeding management. Emphasizes the effect of climate on management and feed requirements; environmental impacts of grazing; stocking rates; plant palatability, preference and selection; nutritional behaviour; nutrient cycling and energy flow; interactions with wildlife; ingestion of toxic plants.

ANSC 494: Research Thesis in Animal Science
The student develops a question to be explored in depth in an area relevant to Animal Science. Working with a faculty supervisor, the student collects relevant data during a series of experiments conducted over the summer months. Two additional advisors participate in the student's committee. Statistical analysis of data is conducted and the student prepares a thesis based on their results. Each student delivers a presentation in a conference setting at the end of the course.

Research
We are committed to finding solutions to sustainably feed a hungry and growing world. Our five departments provide a foundation for our broad array of research activities, both basic and applied. We have over a century of innovative products and practices that have transformed the world.

Collaborative environment
Our faculty and researchers actively collaborate across the university, as well as nationally and internationally. We have created strong, productive partnerships with numerous governments, private enterprises, producer groups, research centres, and industry associations to develop a sophisticated network for applied science, business and policy development. Outreach, technology transfer and information sharing is an important part our research.

Small class sizes
AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program. The small class sizes in third and fourth year and supportive atmosphere allows you to get to know your instructors and fellow students, and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

Opportunities to get involved
AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies. There are several student clubs in the college to join to enhance your university experience.

Career skills
You will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills. Our strong ties with industry and our reputation for producing well-rounded, quality graduates means that many businesses turn here first when recruiting employees.

Graduates of degree programs in the College of AgBio are eligible for Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, allowing them to engage in the practise of Agrology.

Careers

The rapid expansion of the livestock and animal health industry in Saskatchewan and elsewhere means an increasing need for scientists and professionals who can guide this industry’s development.

Opportunities for Animal Science graduates are wide-ranging.

  • government positions in policy development or research
  • nutrition experts and feed formulators for feed manufacturers
  • feed sales
  • positions with animal breeding companies
  • pharmaceutical or nutraceutical sales
  • animal care and animal facility inspection
  • positions with feedlots
  • positions in the agricultural biotechnology sector
  • research technicians
  • financial lenders
  • hog barns

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,121 $15,914
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,456 $18,249

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program option

The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A) Animal Science is offered by University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application Deadline
Fall
September 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018

You can also begin this program in May or July. The deadlines for the Fall (September) term apply.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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