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Animal Science Specialty - Livestock Production Track

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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

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. The course work must be in the following areas:

General Education Requirements (46 to 52 hrs)
(see General Education Requirements listings/ of qualified courses)

In the Agriscience and Supplemental Requirements, some of the required courses also qualify as General Education Requirements.

Title/Courses Credits
Basic General Requirements
(18 hrs Total)
English Composition
ENG 100 or ENG 100T or ENG 100H or ESL 100 or ESL 100T
3 hrs
Language Arts 3 hrs
Quantitative Reasoning
Two courses
6 hrs
World Cultures
Two courses
6 hrs
Area General Requirements
(19 hrs Total)
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Social Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Natural Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines, including 1 credit hour of laboratory.
7 hrs
Integrative General Requirements
(9-15 hrs Total)
Writing Intensive Requirement

Three courses designated "WI", one of which must be numbered 300 or above.

Transfer students, after an official transfer credit evaluation, may be required to take less than 3 courses.

3-9 hrs
Hawai╩╗i Pan-Pacific Requirement 3 hrs
Global and Community Citizenship 3 hrs

Requirements for Major (including GE courses, 123 hrs)

Course Title Credits
Agriscience Requirements (52 hrs Total)
AG 230 Sustainable Agriculture 3 hrs
AG 496
Senior Seminar 1 hr
AGBU 110 Introduction to Microcomputing for Agriculture 3 hrs
AGBU 320 or
AGEC 330
Agribusiness Management or
Farm Management
3 hrs
AGEN 231
Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization 3 hrs
AGRN 310 or
AGRN 410
Agronomic Crop Production in the Tropics or
Soil-Plant-Herbivore Interrelations
3 hrs
ANSC 141
Introduction to Animal Science 3 hrs
ANSC 254 Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition 3 hrs
ANSC 321 Feeds and Feeding 3 hrs
ANSC 350 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals 3 hrs
ANSC 445 Animal Breeding and Genetics
3 hrs
ANSC 450 Reproduction of Farm Animals 3 hrs
ANSC 342 or
ANSC 351 or
ANSC 353 or
ANSC 355
Animal Science Production Courses:
Three Courses
9 hrs
ENTO 304 General Entomology 3 hrs
HORT 262 Principles of Horticulture 3 hrs
SOIL 304 Tropical Soil 3 hrs
Supplemental Requirements (21-23 hrs Total)
BIOL 175-175L Introductory Biology I & Lab 4 hrs
BIOL 176-176L Introductory Biology II & Lab 4 hrs
CHEM 151-151L
CHEM 141
CHEM 161-161L
CHEM 162-162L
CHEM 161-161L
CHEM 141
Introductory Chemistry & Lab
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I & Lab
General Chemistry II & Lab
General Chemistry I & Lab
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
7/8 hrs
ENG 225 Writing for Science and Technology 3 hrs
MATH 140X or
MATH 135 or
MATH 140 or
MATH 205 or
MATH 206
Precalculus Math or
Precalculus I: Elementary Functions or
Precalculus II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry or
Calculus I or
Calculus II
3/4 hrs
Electives (21-25 hrs Total)
See your advisor for possible electives.

Note: AG 496 may be taken before senior year.

Effective Fall 2016

Animal Science Specialty - Livestock Production Track Curriculum Sheet