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Animal and Nutritional SciencesMajor

As the world’s population grows, we must address the increasing demand for food and fiber. In this program you'll study animal behavior, health, nutrition and management to make an immediate impact.


What is Animal and Nutritional Sciences at WVU like?


This curriculum provides the necessary background in agricultural economics, agronomy, breeding, nutrition and physiology to prepare you for careers in production and management of dairy, livestock or poultry, food processing and technology, and graduate school.

Animal and Nutritional Sciences program highlights:

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What makes Animal and Nutritional Sciences at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Intern at zoos, research facilities and in the animal nutrition and poultry industries.
  • Train service dogs for course credit as part of WVU’s partnership with Hearts of Gold.
  • Research opportunities exist in areas of poultry feed and immunology.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Students are well-prepared for entry-level positions in poultry, equine, dairy and beef industries, as well as production management, pharmaceutical and feed sales, or to continue their education in graduate school.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Animal and Nutritional Sciences at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences major.

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Popular Courses

A&VS 150:
Introduction to Animal Science

Survey of major disciplines in animal and veterinary sciences with emphasis on related terminology; study of the development of breeds of livestock and their identification.

A&VS 251:
Principles of Animal Science

A comparative study of the production of meat, milk, eggs and wool. Nutrition, physiology genetics, hygiene and physical environment, and economics are discussed as bases for sound managerial decisions.

A&VS 281:
Introduction to Equine Care and Use

Survey of basic equine care, breeds, use, management, and behavior with a lab in equine safety and handling.

A&VS 343:
Equine Hoof and Limb

Students in this course gain in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the equine hoof and limb. Students will study tendons, ligaments, bones, soundness, hoof structure, shoeing principles, laminitis, and navicular disease.

ANNU 361:
Applied Nutrition

Feedstuffs, feed processing storage and additives, nutrient requirements and ration formulation for beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and horses. (2 hr. lec., 1 hr. lab.)

ANPR 344:
Light Horse Science

Application of breeding, nutrition, physiology, and pathology to production and management of light horses.

ANPR 350:
Milk Production

Feeding and management of dairy cattle. (2 hr. lec., 3 hr. lab.)(Regional campus course requires 30 hours of work on the campus farm.)

ARE 435:
Marketing Livestock Products

Livestock marketing practices and policies. Supply and demand, livestock price cycles, grading, marketing alternatives, processing and retailing. Economic analysis of alternatives, current issues, and trends.

Cost and Aid

How much does Animal and Nutritional Sciences at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Animal and Nutritional Sciences can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Animal and Nutritional Sciences at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Animal and Nutritional Sciences major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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