Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences
As a pre-professional program, the B.S. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences provides
students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary background in agricultural
biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The program prepares students
not only for professional schools of veterinary medicine, but also human medicine,
dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, or graduate study in fields such as agricultural
biochemistry, animal breeding, animal physiology, and nutrition.
Graduates with a B.S. in Animal Science who are not interested in attending veterinary or other professional schools are qualified to hold various positions in the Department of Agriculture, specifically Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service. Positions include Animal Health Technician with a starting salary of $25,000-$45,000.
Each year, the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional Program gives West Virginia residents the opportunity to meet the academic requirements for entry into professional schools or colleges of veterinary medicine. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has agreements with Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Applicants for admission to these colleges of veterinary medicine must present at least 79 semester hours of acceptable credit.