Sioux City, Iowa –The Morningside University School of Agriculture and Aviation will begin offering an animal science minor in fall 2024 for students interested in pursuing career paths with connections to animal health and welfare. The launch of the animal science diversifies career opportunities for students while underscoring the University’s ongoing commitment to developing academic programs that resonate with the needs of the Siouxland region.

Dr. Chris Spicer, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morningside University, expressed enthusiasm about the new minor, stating, “The addition of animal science to our academic catalog signifies our dedication to expanding interdisciplinary study options that not only appeal to a broad student base but also prepare them for meaningful and impactful careers.”

Dr. Tom Paulsen, dean of the School of Agriculture and Aviation, highlighted the hands-on learning experiences and partnerships with local and regional agricultural organizations that the new minor will offer. “Our curriculum is designed to ensure students gain a deep understanding of animal biology, ethics, and the role of technology in animal science. Through our highly successful externship experience, lab work, and collaboration with seasoned professionals that we offer within the Regina Roth Applied Agricultural and Food Studies Department, students will leave Morningside ready for their next chapter,” said Dr. Paulsen.

The animal science minor is designed to complement a wide array of majors available at Morningside University, allowing students to customize their educational experience to best suit their professional goals. Furthermore, the addition of animal science is a testament to the recent enhancements within the Regina Roth Applied Agricultural and Food Studies Department, including the construction of the Rosen Ag Center and the development of Lags Farm – a 76-acre learning farm located approximately five miles from campus.

Students interested in learning more are encouraged to contact the Morningside University Admissions Office. You can also learn more by visiting the animal science webpage for additional information, course requirements, and application details.