University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of ACES
ACES Animal Sciences
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Welcome to Animal Sciences

Welcome to the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences! This is an amazing time for our department as the societal challenges are great and the need for forward-thinking graduates who can integrate scientific discovery with practical knowledge has never been higher. We’re addressing state, national, and global issues related to animal biology, health, and food to improve the lives of others. Through innovation, discovery, and state-of-the-art approaches to teaching, we are making a difference in people’s lives, the lives of the animals they keep, and in global animal conservation efforts. If you want a rewarding career where you can make a real difference helping people and animals alike, I invite you to join our academic family that includes over 6,000 alumni, 500 undergraduates, and more than 100 graduate students. 


Why Animal Sciences?

Students in the Department of Animal Sciences combine their interests in biology and animals in a learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. Our department offers students opportunities to conduct undergraduate research, gain hands-on experience working in our laboratories and farms, participate in internships, and become active in a number of student organizations. For instance, our students work with beef cattle and poultry in state-of-the-art research facilities, serve internships in animal shelters and zoos, and conduct discovery research in cutting-edge programs in immunology and reproductive biology. We provide opportunities for virtually every area of interest and our students become skilled in applying their knowledge to address real-world problems.

The work of the Department of Animal Sciences is important. Our research, teaching, and Extension programs address subjects such as bioenergy, the environment, food production, animal health, and animal behavior. We study production efficiency, profitability, and well-being of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, and poultry to enhance the supply of food for a growing world population. Our programs in companion animal biology and humane education create information for pet owners and help us understand the value of positive relationships between humans and animals. Fundamental research in physiology, nutrition, and behavior solve animal sciences problems and have significant impact on improving human health.

Our Commitment

We have a diverse and nationally respected faculty who solve problems of real importance to society and who are deeply committed to providing the best educational experiences to our students. We care about the success of our students and we provide a high-quality education that will equip them to identify and solve the challenges of the future.

The learning opportunities in the Department of Animal Sciences and the University of Illinois are without limit. Come see for yourself why the Department of Animal Sciences is held in high regard in the nation and throughout the world.