Animal Science

A World of Possibilities

Through the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, Santa Rosa Junior College offers an outstanding Animal Science Program. Students develop the skills and knowledge that will help them gain a strong, competitive position in careers related to animal selection, health, nutrition, reproduction, processing, and sale of livestock.

As one of the nation's top two-year colleges and one of the largest community colleges in California, SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department provides relevant, high quality, hands-on instruction and career training for students interested in beef, dairy, poultry, swine, sheep, horse industries, and even exotic zoo and companion animals.

Earn a Degree

The Animal Science program at Santa Rosa Junior College offers two degrees in Animal Science: Agriculture Animal Science Transfer Major (A.S.-T) and Animal Science Major (A.S.).

The Agriculture Animal Science Transfer Major (A.S.-T) is an Associate Degree for Transfer, which will guarantee admission to a CSU when the student has earned the A.S.-T and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements. For more information about on A.S.-T, visit the Articulation Website.

Students may earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Animal Science by taking the core courses for the degree along with general education requirements to earn an A.S. For students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year university, SRJC's outstanding transfer program will help them successfully achieve their goal.

Strong Employment Outlook

By majoring in Animal Science, students can prepare for more than 500 different jobs related to animal agriculture including:

Animal Production/Management

Concerned with production of cattle, sheep, goats, horses, swine, and poultry. Individuals entering this field are the cornerstone of the animal industry. They should be superb business people and knowledgeable in all areas of Animal Science, including animal behavior, reproduction, growth, feeding, and many other aspects of animal husbandry.

Research and Education

Agencies employing researchers include the USDA, private companies, and universities. People with advanced degrees in Animal Science are also needed to teach in secondary schools, colleges, universities, and extension services.

Food Processing

This area involves the marketing and fabrication of animal products and is a major employer of Animal Science graduates. This is a thriving industry that must continue to meet the demands of our health conscious society for premium meat products.

Animal Feed/Health Industry

Pharmaceutical, livestock products, and feed companies seek Animal Science graduates to become part of their sales force, consulting agencies, or research groups. Animal Science students can become veterinarians with techniques that directly involve the health and productivity of animals.

Communication and Service Organizations

Breed associations, livestock commodity groups, artificial insemination services, and government agencies employ Animal Science student representatives. Employees with Animal Science training and excellent written communication skills are needed for publications and media that focus on the livestock industry.

Zoos, Kennels, Horse Farms, Animal Clinics and Preserves

There are many positions available as animal caretakers, technicians, gamekeepers, and veterinary assistants.

Community and Industry Connections

There are numerous outreach activities that help students expand their skills in Animal Science, including field trips, internships, conferences, guest speakers, exposure to job opportunities, and volunteer work.

Students in the Animal Science Program also have opportunities to work at SRJC’s Shone Farm through paid, part-time positions and internships that provide on-the-job experience and academic credit.

Special studies and enterprise projects encourage students to pursue individual interests, including starting their own businesses that utilize the land, water, equipment, and other resources using the Shone Farm as their testing ground.