Online Animal Science, Minor | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Animal Science, Minor

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Animal Science, Minor was designed to provide students with an interest in careers associated with livestock, poultry, meat and companion animal industries additional coursework in the area of animal science.

The core curriculum gives students a balanced education in animal science, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, communications, humanities and social sciences.

The study of animal science is beneficial for several high demand careers, including:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Farming and agriculture
  • Fisheries and wildlife
  • Food safety
  • Other animal-related jobs

This online minor provides an option for students pursuing the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science or who are currently enrolled in such programs as Agribusiness, Fisheries and wildlife, Biology, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Career Outlook: Combining a minor with a major will open opportunities in the job market. A minor in animal science will complement several areas of study that experience high demand including veterinary medicine, farming and agriculture, fisheries and wildlife, food safety and other animal-related jobs.

Potential career paths may include:

  • Feed Nutritionists
  • Pet Care Technicians
  • 4-H Extension Assistant
  • Animal Behaviorist
  • Horse Trainers
  • Cattle Health Assistant
  • Cattle Manager
  • Animal Protein Manager
  • Farm Manager

Lisa Karr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Extension Companion Animal Specialists

Lisa Karr is known for the remarkable pace with which she established an excellent companion animal teaching and extension program. Karr developed a comprehensive and science- based set of courses for undergraduates, provided a student organization for students interested in companion animals and identified companion animal career information. Her students range from middle school to adult learners. She is dedicated to quality teaching along with being energetic and innovative. A key aspect of Karr's companion animal education program is the breadth of her target audience and her unique ability to use the latest technology to reach all of the segments of her audience.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  2. Graduated high school or received a GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:


  • Complete and submit the online application
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit your transcripts for proof of high school graduation or its equivalent such as a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you have completed any post- secondary credits, submit those transcripts as well. 

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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

This is a 12-18 credit hour program. Animal Science course at 100-level - 3-4 credit hours required, Animal Management 200-level courses - 2-3 credit hours required, Additional 200-level courses - 3 credit hours required and Animal Science courses at 300/400 level - 4-6 credit hours required

 NOTE: 12 credits of Animal Science courses above 300 level excluding ASCI 399 and ASCI 496

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ASCI 100Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry 3

Course Number: ASCI 100

Overview of the industries in animal science; fundamentals of animal biology related to their application in those industries; and trends and current issues related to production and consumption of animal products important for human welfare.

ASCI 151Introductory Companion Animal Biology 3

Course Number: ASCI 151

Domestication, anatomy, care, nutrition, reproduction and welfare of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other companion animals.

ASCI 210Animal Products 3

Course Number: ASCI 210

Knowledge of edible animal products with particular emphasis to meat products from livestock and poultry. Includes all aspects of the meat industry from slaughter to consumption. Methods of slaughter and fabrication, conversion of muscle to meat, processing techniques, preservation and storage, and consumer related topics discussed and demonstrated. Prerequisites: ASCI 100

ASCI 213Meats Specifications & Procurement 3

Course Number: ASCI 213

Selecting and purchasing meat for the hotel, restaurant, institutional industry, and the retail markets.

ASCI 240Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals4

Course Number: ASCI 240

Fundamentals of the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals.

ASCI 254Basic Swine Science 2

Course Number: ASCI 254

Basic disciplines and concepts involved in swine production including: industry structure, trends and statistics; production phases and building; genetic improvement; reproduction; nutrition; health and bio-security; nutrient management; marketing and meat quality; and career opportunities in the swine industry. This course is taught by Iowa State University as part of the GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA course offerings, Registration with permission from your adviser and CASNR Online Education Office.

ASCI 271Meats Specifications & Procurement3

Course Number: ASCI 271

Companion animal behavior. Application of behavior principles to describe normal and problem behaviors of common companion animals.

ASCI 310Fresh Meats3

Course Number: ASCI 310

Fresh meat from beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Characteristics of muscle, meat technology, preservation, merchandising concepts, and markets.

ASCI 321Companion Animal Nutrition 3

Course Number: ASCI 321

Digestive anatomy and physiology of companion animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotic species. Unique nutrient requirements, pet food formulation, and regulations.

ASCI 322Equine Nutrition 2

Course Number: ASCI 322

Equine nutrition including digestive anatomy and physiology. Nutritional requirements of horses as related to growth, reproduction, and performance. The relationship of nutrition to disease and environment. Management practices and application of current equine nutritional research.

ASCI 342Equine Reproduction 2

Course Number: ASCI 342

Anatomy and physiology of stallion and mare reproductive systems. Estrous detection systems, artificial and natural breeding techniques, infertility, semen collection and processing, reproductive management, and record keeping.

ASCI 354ASwine Breeding & Gestation 1

Course Number: ASCI 354A

Concepts related to: reproductive physiology and endocrinology of boars and sows; genetic selection programs; development programs for future replacement gilts and boars; semen collection, evaluation, and preparation; detection of estrus and artificial insemination; pregnancy diagnosis; feeding and house programs for gestating sows; environmental management; records; diseases; and development of quality assurance programs for identifying and solving reproductive problems. This course is taught by North Carolina State University and is part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA courses offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education.

ASCI 354BSwine Farrowing Management 1

Course Number: ASCI 354B

Advanced integration and application of reproductive management concepts during farrowing and lactation. Identification of production trends; formulation of strategies to improve productivity; and parturition and neonatal management. This course is taught by the University of Missouri and is part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA course offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education Office.

ASCI 354DSwine Nursery Management 1

Course Number: ASCI 354D

Overview of the critical management, housing, and financial considerations relevant to the successful operation of a swine nursery, grow-finish, or wean to finish enterprise, including: nutrient requirements; building and facility management; and marketing. This course is taught by Penn State as part of the GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA course offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education Office.

ASCI 354EEmployee Management for Swine Industry 1

Course Number: ASCI 354E

ASCI 354FSwine Environment Management 1

Course Number: ASCI 354F

Response of swine to thermal environment, ventilation system design and analysis, heating and cooling systems and examples of various designs for all phases of production. Trouble shooting ventilation systems and energy analysis of production units. This course is taught by Iowa State University as part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA consortium. Registration with permission from your adviser and CASNR Online Education Office.

ASCI 370Animal Welfare3

Course Number: ASCI 370

In-depth exploration of the issues involved in animal use. The historical, biological, ethical, and social aspects of human/animal interactions in Western culture. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission.

ASCI 410Processed Meats3

Course Number: ASCI 410

Modern meat processing industry and its use of science and technology. The fabrication, processing, preservation, sanitation, food safety, ethnic involvement, and utilization of manufactured and processed meat. Actual laboratory preparation of processed meats and by-products of the meat packing industry. 3 cr II classroom. 3 cr I, II, III web. Prerequisites: ASCI 210 or equivalent. Junior standing or permission.

ASCI 422Advanced Feeding & Feed Formulation 3

Course Number: ASCI 422

Feeding practices for domestic animals. Applied animal nutrition and feed formulation. Prerequisites: ASCI 320 or equivalent.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $280.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $332.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $840.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $996.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $800.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $852.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2400.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2556.75

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