Animal Science | Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University



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Animal Science

Our diverse courses allow students to take a smattering of classes across the food-production-to-consumption spectrum before zeroing in on a major.

Our exceptional faculty provide students with excellent classroom instruction and exciting, hands-on opportunities for basic and applied research in the field.

Students also receive one-on-one guidance from their faculty advisor to customize a course of study in order to meet their specific employment and educational goals.

Our advanced resources and facilities help students delve deeper into research and creative activity.

Our graduates find rewarding careers in a variety of fields and have proven time and again that a degree from our college brings big things within reach.

There is one destination for every journey. We're happy to give you the support you need to build the future of your dreams.


Because it’s one area where we are seeing rapid growth in employment opportunities. Illinois ranks fourth in pig production, and it ranks second in soybean and corn production. Therefore the Midwest is the place where we grow most of the things we feed to animals. It's because of what we have. If you want to learn about animal science, you better go to the place where they are doing it. SIU is an excellent choice.

- Gary Apgar, Professor & Assistant Chair Animal Science, Department of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, College of Agricultural Sciences, SIU