The Department of Animal Science offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The goals of the animal industry are to provide safe, nutritious, and economical food, fiber, and recreation for consumers without compromising either the environment or the welfare of animals. Research is done in breeding and genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, reproductive and mammary physiology, toxicology, meat science and muscle biology, and livestock and farm management, with a focus on beef or dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, poultry, and fur-bearing or laboratory animals.
The collection has grown as the University has grown over the years from an agricultural college to the research university that it is today. The Animal Science collection supports the teaching and research needs of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty in the Departments of Animal Science and Food Science and Human Nutrition. Animal Science books, journals, trade magazines, etc. were housed in the Animal Industries Reference Room in Anthony Hall to give faculty and students better access to the materials. In August 2003, the Animal Industries Reference Room closed and most of the materials, except for a few trade magazines, were moved to the Main Library.