College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Animal Science Specialty - Livestock Production Track

General Information

The undergraduate Animal Science specialization at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo started in 1975. In 1990, the Animal Science Production curriculum was developed, which evolved into Livestock Production. UH Hilo has relatively small class sizes which allows for more faculty-student interaction and individual attention. All Animal Science classes have lectures and hands-on lab periods. UH Hilo has a 110-acre farm with various enterprises including a livestock operation with beef cattle, hair sheep, horses, meat goats and swine. Students have the chance to work with these animals in labs.

Why Study Livestock Production?

Livestock has been used throughout history for producing food and fiber. Because of pollution and dwindling natural resources, more farmers and ranchers are adopting sustainable production methods. If properly managed, livestock help to preserve the land and environment for future generations.

The Animal Science Livestock Production curriculum helps to prepare students to work with livestock on farms and ranches or to obtain positions in the livestock industry or related fields. The Big Island of Hawai╩╗i has some excellent livestock operations including Parker Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the U.S. Former Animal Science students have taken positions at farms, dairies, ranches, equestrian centers, experiment stations, quarantine stations, veterinary clinics and zoos. Positions also exist with companies that sell feed, food products, livestock products and supplies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will achieve a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, and mathematics as a foundation for further studies.
  • Students will achieve a basic understanding in the different animal science disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to effectively manage and care for livestock.
  • Students will have experiential learning opportunities with farm animals through routine hands-on laboratories held at the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. When available, field trips to local farms and ranches will also provide learning opportunities with farm animals. Students will gain hands-on experience with livestock to help enhance their competitiveness in future studies and careers.
  • Students will use and refine their communication skills in various classes.
  • Students will develop and apply their computer skills to agricultural examples.

Requirements for Graduation

This specialization is no longer accepting new students into the program, effective Fall 2020. If you are interested in these subjects, you may pursue a specialty in Animal Health and Management.

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Animal Science - Livestock Production, a student must complete a minimum of 123 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. See the B.S. in Agriculture: Animal Science, Livestock Production Specialty Requirements in the UH Hilo catalog. Also see the Curriculum sheet effective Fall 2016 (PDF).