What is the difference between Animal Biology and Animal Science?

First off, we are in two separate departments—Animal Science (AANS) is its own department and Animal Biology (AABI) is in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The Animal Biology Major split from Animal Science in 2007. By 2010, we had tripled in size and have developed the major into what it is today.

Essentially, the main difference between the two majors is that AANS is based on agriculture and husbandry and specializes in domestic and farm animals whereas AABI is research-based and does not focus on any one particular group of animals. Explore this site for more information about the ABI major and feel free to visit the Animal Science Major website to learn more about their major.

What can I do with this major after I graduate?

Really, whatever you like. The practicum is the perfect opportunity to explore your scientific interests and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for whichever path you choose after graduation—either the work force or a graduate/professional school program. Many of our students go on to vet school or med school, dental school, etc. We also have students who pursue graduate programs in animal behavior, environmental science, conservation biology, immunology/pathology, education/teaching, and more. AND some AABI students continue on to do work for government agencies such as CA Fish and Game or US Fish and Wildlife Services.

The AABI major gives you a solid background in general biology, ecology/evolution, scientific methods, and scientific writing—it’s up to you to make it into what you want it to be. The Internship and Career Center website has some great resources for jobs, internships, and fellowships at all levels that you can pursue during or after your undergraduate career—check out our Student Resources page for more information.

Why do I have to do a Senior Practicum?

The Senior Practicum is your opportunity to

  1. Conform the major to your own interests
  2. Gain valuable experience in research techniques/methods and scientific writing
  3. Work with staff/faculty and/or graduate students at UC Davis or off-campus
  4. Help you prepare for post-graduate goals

See our page on the Practicum for more information.

Does the Senior Practicum have to be animal-related?

Yes. Animal Biology is first and foremost an animal major so it would not make sense to approve a practicum that has nothing to do with animals.

I still want to learn more about the Animal Biology major. What other resources are available to me?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at:

Advising Center
Mon – Fri: 8 – 12 and 1 – 5
Fax: (530) 754-2276

Elvira Galvan Hack
Staff Adviser
152 Hutchison Hall
(530) 754-7277

Dr. Robert B. Kimsey, PhD.
Faculty Adviser
396B Briggs Hall
(530) 752-1597