Cows, animal sciences

BSc minor Animal Sciences (WUANS)

The BSc Minor Animal Sciences introduces students to the broad field of Animal Sciences and provides comprehensive knowledge on the Animal Science disciplines: Epidemiology, Adaptation Physiology and Nutrition.

Continue to an overview of the courses in this minor

The focus of animal sciences is on animals that are kept by humans for specific reasons, such as for food production, companionship, education, sports, etc. The general aim of Animal Sciences is to study and optimize the functioning of animals with respect to their health and welfare, their function for humans and their impact on environment and society. Courses in Animal Sciences typically deal with farm animals, companion animals, zoo animals and various other groups of animals, including aquatic animals at an 'over-species' level. This BSc minor provides an introduction to the broad field of Animal Sciences as well as comprehensive knowledge in the animal science disciplines Epidemiology, Adaptation Physiology and Nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand the biological concepts in animal science;
- reflect critically on ethical and societal issues regarding animal science;
- explain how animals behave and reproduce, and how they respond to various external and internal stimuli;
- understand the types of diseases, pathogen transmissions and preventive measures;
- analyse how the endocrine system controls behaviour and vice versa, and how this may affect functioning of animals in general;
- assess management and conservation breeding plans in small populations (when including ABG-51806).

Target Group

This minor is interesting for WU-students of the BSc programmes:

  • BAT Biosystems Engineering
  • BBC Management and Consumer Studies
  • BBI Biology
  • BBN Forest and Nature Conservation
  • BBT Biotechnology
  • BFT Food Technology
  • BML Molecular Life Sciences
  • BPW PLant Sciences
  • BVG Nutrition and Health
  • BGM Health and Society

The minor is not open for students of BDW.

Assumed Knowledge

Biology and Chemistry at VWO-level. Contact the minor coordinator before taking this minor.




First semester (period 1, 2 and 3)

Programme or thematic

Programme minor