Department of Animal Science

Penn State’s home for the scientific study and innovation in the management and care of animals.

The Department of Animal Science is home to teaching, research, and extension programs focused on livestock, poultry, and companion animals. Students prepare for leadership roles in production agriculture, education, human and veterinary medicine, government, and more. Staff, faculty, and students explore animal reproduction, nutrition, health, marketing, and agribusiness.


Animal Science academic programs integrate multiple scientific and management disciplines at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Instruction is hands on, industry focused, and grounded in research.


Penn State is a Tier 1 Research University. Everyone from first-year students to doctoral candidates can participate in meaningful research focused on optimizing animal health, welfare, and performance.

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Extension and Outreach

Extension connects the resources of the Department of Animal Science with community members, industry, and institutions in Pennsylvania and beyond by offering the latest research-based, usable information.

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Farms and Facilities

The College of Agricultural Sciences dedicates incredible resources to animal facilities. Sheep, beef, dairy, swine, poultry, and other barns are just steps from the center of campus.

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