The Science of Animal Husbandry and Food Animal Systems

Winter Open
Class Standing
Michael Paros

In this lecture and field based program, we will cover the fundamentals of Animal Science through the study of animal genetics, nutrition, and physiology.  Students will learn how to care for chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, and cattle from an individual animal and whole farm ecological perspective.  We will visit and study both small and large-scale animal industrial agriculture operations, while examining the economic and environmental challenges facing them.  This course will be of interest to students pursuing careers in animal agriculture, veterinary medicine, ecology, and environmental sciences, as well as those who want to gain a general knowledge of how the food animal industry produces meat, milk, and eggs. A strong interest or background in general biology is strongly recommended. 

This program is coordinated with Greener Foundations for first-year students. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s in-person 2-quarter introductory student success course sequence, which provides first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. New students expected to take Greener Foundations will be prompted to register for a 2-credit Greener Foundations course in addition to this 14-credit program during registration. Students that took Greener Foundations in fall quarter will be automatically registered in winter quarter to complete the 4-credits of Greener Foundations.

Anticipated Credit Equivalencies

4 - General Biology

4 - Animal Physiology

4 - Animal Science

4 - Animal Nutrition


A strong background in math, biology, chemistry and/or experience working with food animal and general agriculture systems is a necessary pre-requisite for this program.  Students who have questions or concerns about their preparedness should contact the instructor by email ( prior to registration.

Course Reference Numbers
So - Sr (16): 20218
Fr (14): 20221

Academic Details

Studies or careers in agriculture, animal science, veterinary medicine, environmental studies, and agriculture and food policy.


$370 for overnight field trips

Students with prior credits in lower and upper division biology may earn up to 8 upper division natural science credits upon successful completion of all program requirements and an individual research project.  Students seeking to earn upper division credit must contact the faculty to discuss options prior to the start of the quarter.

Upon successful mastery of the course material, students may be able to pursue research in animal agriculture science or veterinary medicine with faculty.


In Person (W)

See definition of Hybrid, Remote, and In-Person instruction

Schedule Details
Evans Hall 1001 - Workshop
<p>In two years</p>


Date Revision
2023-11-15 Was previously advertised as hybrid, now fully in person