THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL AND AVIAN SCIENCES AT COLLEGE PARK PROVIDES a challenging program for academically talented students interested in the application of biology and technology to the care, management and study of domestic and aquatic animals. In addition to emphasizing the traditional farm species of dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine and poultry, our program includes options in equine studies, laboratory animal management, and sciences which prepare students for veterinary or graduate school. Our department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. One-third of our animal sciences seniors enter veterinary school, while others go on to graduate school. Our graduates also pursue a variety of careers such as research technicians, sales or marketing representatives, or animal producers.
OUR UNIQUE LOCATION PROVIDES EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS to study and experience today's modern agriculture. Nine miles from the nation's capital, the University of Maryland at College Park is within easy reach of the country's best research facilities. The National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Agriculture Library are among the many resources in the area. As the flagship campus of the state higher education system, College Park is a vital part of Maryland's current prosperity and its vision for the future. College Park's commitment to both cultural and ethnic diversity attracts students from every state and more than 100 countries.
The State of Maryland is unrivaled in its scenic beauty, its rich heritage, and its wealth of educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. From the mountain passes of Garrett County in the west, to the sand dunes of Assateaque Island on the Eastern Shore and the cosmopolitan excitement of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., there is an unparalleled variety of experiences available to students at the University of Maryland.
EXPERT FACULTY, MODERN FACILITIES AND OUTSTANDING STUDENTS combine to make Animal Sciences a program of excellence. Our up-to-date facilities in the Animal Sciences Center, which opened in 1991, include new classrooms, an inviting lecture hall and a large social area for students. The newly constructed teaching labs, animal rooms and a surgery suite are located adjacent to the teaching farm where horses, sheep, beef and dairy cattle are maintained.
As an animal sciences major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor to assist you with program and course selection, as well as to help you take advantage of the many non-classroom opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. Faculty members have specialties in all areas of animal sciences as well as veterinary medicine, and bring practical applications to the classroom, creating a rich learning experience for students. Because it is part of a land grant university, the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences also has responsibility for research and technology transfer to the animal industry throughout Maryland. During your undergraduate study, you will be encouraged to conduct independent research in faculty laboratories on campus or at the nearby U. S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. You will also be encouraged to gain practical animal management experience by participating in one of the on-campus cooperatives, conducting research in conjunction with a faculty member or pursuing an internship. Students have completed internships in locations ranging from the area around the University, to cattle farms in the Midwest, agribusiness firms in California, and a zoo in Frankfurt, Germany. Many animal sciences students use the summer to gain additional applied experience in animal sciences, veterinary medicine or agribusiness.
A SMALL AND PERSONAL COMMUNITY WITHIN THE LARGER UNIVERSITY is created by involving both animal sciences and veterinary medicine faculty in a variety of student activities. At the beginning of the academic year, new and returning students are welcomed at an orientation night, which introduces new students to our faculty and active undergraduate organizations, including Veterinary Science Club, the Animal Husbandry Club, Sigma Alpha, and the UM Equestrian Club.
During the year the departmental Good News Letter shares on going activities, highlights special upcoming events, and recognizes the achievements of our students and faculty. The academic year culminates with Ag Day, organized by the Ag Student council, where animal sciences students and faculty participate in and enjoy the educational activities and festivities which attract hundreds of visitors from the local and state agricultural communities.