The Animal Science program provides you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to enter a career in animal science or transfer to a four-year college to continue your education.
You will learn the complete life cycle of beef and swine from pasture to plate, and gain hands-on skills and knowledge in:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Animal behavior
- Record keeping
- Proper animal care
- Feeding and nutrition
- Reproduction and reproductive technology
- Production and farm management
- Meat science/butchering
Learn from instructors who bring real-world experience from their education, everyday farming, and professional lives. Instructor certifications include:
- Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)
- Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus)
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Hawkeye’s 225-acre Farm Lab: Work with beef and swine to learn their complete life cycle and as well as production and farm management.
Meat Lab: Learn how to cut, process, and grade meat; use meat processing equipment including saw, grinder, stuffer, deli slicers, tumbler, and small smokehouse; and USDA sanitation rules and practices.
Certification: Students will be certified in BQA, PQA Plus ®, Fear Free ®
Fistulated Steer: Learn about the digestive system, and track, test, and analyze the digestibility and nutrition of food.
Field Trips: Visit meat processing plants and various size farming operations to learn how your skills and knowledge can be applied in a variety of work environments.
Conferences: Expand your knowledge and leadership skills at the Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Conference and the Iowa Pork Congress.
- Employment Experience: Gain 320 hours of real-world work experience ensuring you have the skills you need to succeed in your future career.
The Capstone Experience integrates coursework, knowledge, and experiential learning to enable students to demonstrate a broad knowledge of their studies. Hawkeye's Capstone Experience is taught by an Iowa licensed veterinarian.
An articulation agreement allows you to transfer your Animal Science coursework to the Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine program at Iowa State University. Hawkeye also has transfer relationships with Northwest Missouri State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Wisconsin—Platteville.
If you plan to transfer, work closely with a program advisor to ensure courses transfer and you meet program requirements.