Degree Options


Great for pursuing careers in multiple agri-businesses – pharmaceutical, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, farm/animal management, pre- and post-harvest food safety, among others.

Requires a minor with a business or communication focus.

Requires an internship.


Great for pursuing graduate school and other professional programs and careers in pre- and post-harvest food safety, wildlife, and nutrition, to name a few.

High degree of flexibility.

Consider a minor to provide more in-depth knowledge.


Has key requirements for most veterinary schools.

Add human anatomy and physiology to pursue human medicine.


Accelerated Concentrations

Apply to veterinary school after three years. If accepted earn a BS after completion of first year at UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

Recommended ONLY if you have at least 15-30 hours completed prior to enrolling at UT.


For qualified students, the Department of Animal Science offers a Five-Year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a BS major in animal science and a thesis-based MS major in animal science. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to nine hours of graduate level courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students are typically considered for conditional admission to the program during, or immediately following, their third year of undergraduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Because the MS program requires that a student write a thesis based on original research, efforts related to developing and starting a research-based project in consultation with a graduate advisory committee (that meets MS committee requirements) is required immediately following their third year of undergraduate studies.

For additional information on how to be considered for the program, visit the UT Undergraduate Catalog page.