Animal Science

Agriculture Degree/A.A

About the Program:  

The Animal Science Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program is specifically designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at West Virginia University but generally involves the undergraduate course work essential to degree programs at other four-year institutions. The degree encourages students to:

  • explore, discover and develop their special aptitudes and interests and to reach beyond their own perceived limitations;
  • acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, ethical, and social skills needed to support their immediate educational goals, as well as life-long learning in a world characterized by change;
  • nurture social responsibility and receptive attitudes compatible with citizenship within a global society. 

What you can do with this Degree:  

If you love animals, this degree provides you the wide variety of options to work with animals. You can become an animal trainer for service or companion animals, work in the food production system, help develop specialized feeds for animals, and so many other ways to work with animals. Or, with this degree you could study the effects of nutrition on humans in various life stages. If your future goals involve animals, this is the degree for you.

The AA degree in Animal Science provides a variety of options. As a stand-alone associate’s degree, the graduate will be qualified to enter the workforce as an entry level technician, farm worker, sales associate or entrepreneur. As a 2+2 associate’s degree, the two years of study at Potomac State College will transfer directly to the Morgantown campus for any degree offered by the Davis College Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Within the division, students may further their education for a bachelor’s degree in animal and nutritional science, biochemistry, human nutrition and foods or pre-veterinary medicine.

What you can earn with this Degree: 

Possible employment opportunities exist for this field of study including the following as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/agricultural-and-food-scientists.htm#tab-8   )

Jobs

Median pay

Entry level education

Work experience

Farmers, ranchers, and other ag. managers

$64,170 per year

High school or equivalent

5 years or more

Agriculture and food science technicians

$36,480 per year

Associates degree

None

Agriculture and food scientists

$62,470 per year

Bachelor’s degree

None

Environmental scientists and specialists

$67,460 per year

Bachelor’s degree

None

Conservation scientists and foresters

$60,220 per year

Bachelor’s degree

none

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