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Animal Science Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 33
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Animal Science Certificate of Achievement provides training related to the selection, feeding and management of livestock and dairy cattle.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option. Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

California needs over 8,000 additional trained people each year for employment in agriculture. The training program at SRJC prepares the student for a choice of jobs on the farm as well as related jobs off the farm. Working conditions in agricultural positions are ideal for those individuals who enjoy working with animals.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the students will be able to:

  1. Identify and implement sustainable livestock management practices that will improve livestock quality, provide efficacious management, protect the natural resources and ensure economic viability of the livestock industry;
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of animal production life cycles to develop a ranch management calendar that incorporates scientifically based management decisions and the latest technological advances in livestock husbandry;
  3. name and demonstrate proper use of equipment that humanely confines, treats or protects livestock;
  4. identify and evaluate livestock anatomy and physiology and relate form to function;
  5. demonstrate knowledge of practical reproductive management of livestock species;
  6. define livestock nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques related to growth, development and finishing of livestock;
  7. list common infectious diseases and parasites and explain the role of preventative health; and
  8. explain marketing strategies and market classification of livestock and their products.

    Program Requirements:

    The requirements for the Animal Science Certificate program are:

    • Complete 33 units from
      • Animal Science Certificate Requirements

    Animal Science Certificate Requirements - complete 33.00 units
    AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
    AGBUS 7Agricultural Economics3.00
    ANHLT 2Veterinary Practice3.00
    ANSCI 20Basic Animal Science3.00
    ANSCI 26Livestock Evaluation3.00
    ANSCI 51Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals3.00
    ANSCI 61Livestock Feeding and Nutrition3.00
    ANSCI 171Restraint of Animals1.00
    Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
    ANSCI 27Beef Cattle Science3.00
    ANSCI 28Sheep Science3.00
    ANSCI 29Dairy Cattle Industry/Dairy Cattle Science3.00
    ANSCI 65Introduction to Zoo Biology3.00
    ANSCI 80Livestock Fairs and Expositions2.00
    ANSCI 150Poultry Husbandry3.00
    Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
    AGRI 20Introduction to Plant Science3.00
    ANSCI 91Rangeland Management3.00
    Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
    AGMEC 51Agriculture Mechanics 13.00
    AGMEC 52Agriculture Mechanics 22.00
    AGMEC 60Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
    WELD 70Beginning Welding: Fundamentals2.00

    Term Effective: Fall 2010

    The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

    Term Inactive: Fall 2011

    Previous Versions:

    Animal Science - effective Fall 2006
    Animal Science - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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