Course Selection

  • Core courses and skills. Especially CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1040/1041, BIOL 1020/1021, BIOL 1030/1031, and ANSC 1000 (all three are gateways to upper- division courses in the major).

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor each semester to discuss your major and academic plan.
  • Take advantage of the Writing Center for free writing assistance.


Gain Experience

  • Check your “This Week on Ag Hill” and “Find Your Career” e-mails to learn about ways you can get involved and gain experience on campus.
  • Begin or continue working with a veterinarian to learn more about the career opportunities and responsibilities within the profession.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.


Get Involved

  • Join the College of Agriculture Student Services Facebook page for college and major updates, and internship and job postings.
  • The Pre-Veterinary Medical Association includes students who share an interest in veterinary medicine and love of animals. Members learn about the expectations associated with pre-veterinary and veterinary education.
  • Become a member of one of the departmental clubs such as PreVet Club, Collegiate Cattlemen’s, Block & Bridle, and Horseman’s Club.
  • Follow the College of Agriculture on our social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Course Selection

  • CHEM 2070/2071, CHEM 2080/2081, BIOL 2500 & 2510.

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve academic performance, including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.

Gain Experience

  • Consider traveling abroad. The college offers Study Abroad Scholarships to students studying abroad.
  • Apply to the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. Students get to take part in job shadowing and networking opportunities and see first. Keep an eye out for information on how to get involved.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer! Seek out opportunities that cater to your interest and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.


Course Selection

  • Statistics, Animal Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, Animal Breeding, Principles of Biochem.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with a counselor in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance.

Gain Experience

  • Pursue opportunities for an internship.
  • Attend professional development events (Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, Workshops).

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organization to exercise and enhance your skills.
  • Join a professional society such as American Society of Animal Science; attend a professional conference.



Course Selection

  • Directed electives I and II, General Microbiology, Genetics.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your resume and cover letter.
  • Complete VMCA by September 15. Request reference letters and participate in practice interviews.

Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture. The organization is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

General Information

The Pre-Vet/Pre-Professional option will provide you with a foundation in the biological and physical sciences for careers in emerging areas of animal biotechnology while satisfying requirements for application to Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, other professional schools or graduate school.

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Holland's Code: RIE

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Enterprising
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • INFP
    • ENFP
    • ESFP
    • ISFJ
    • ISFP

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


    • Achievement
    • Independence
    • Recognition


    • Science
    • Complex Problem-solving
    • critical thinking
    • reading comprehension
    • speaking

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Animal Science Majors

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    Last modified: August 18, 2020