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Animal Care and Behavior

Animal Care and Behavior

Bachelor of Science

Quick Facts

Total Credit Hours: 120-121
Time to Completion: 12-42 months*
Tuition: $398 per credit hour**

Bachelor of Science

Online Animal Care and Behavior Degree

Discover why animals behave the way they do and how to care for them through our fully online Animal Care and Behavior degree. Migration patterns, social interactions, nutrition, health and the role animals play in human health are more important to understand than ever. This program, taught by expert faculty, will set you up for a successful career in veterinary medicine, biology, animal rescues, nature preserves or other animal-focused professions.

Working with and studying animals for a living doesn’t have to be just a dream job; it can be a reality. Earn a Bachelor of Science in Animal Care and Behavior online from Husson University and take the next step toward turning your passion into your career. 

Prepare for a career in animal care and behavior


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July 1, 2024
September 3, 2024

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What You Will Learn

animal-care-and-behavior-featured-image.jpgWhile in our B.S. in Animal Care and Behavior program, you can pursue one of our many undergraduate certificates. Our Certificate in Animal Training and Certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy build on your animal-focused curriculum while also helping you to stand out in your career field. While in this online program, you can also earn digital badges, which certify your expertise in a professional subject area.

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*Based on a student transferring in between 60-90 credits **All rates subject to change. Please see Cost and Aid for more information.

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Courses you will take:

animal-care-and-behavior-career-curriculum-image.jpgTo complete your B.S. in Animal Care and Behavior, you will need to earn 120 credits or more. You can transfer up to 90 credits. Without transfer credits, this program can be completed in about 3.5 years. However, students transferring in 60-90 credits can complete the program in as little as one year.

While in this program, you'll take classes in animal behavior, animal cognition, animal care and wellness, animal health and nutrition, animal disease, animal comparative anatomy and more. Reach out today if you’d like more information or if you would like to speak to an enrollment counselor. 


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Career Outlook for Animal Care and Behavior Majors

Individuals with a bachelor's degree in animal care and behavior can work in a wide variety of animal-focused settings such as zoos, aquariums, animal rehabilitation facilities, nature preserves, veterinary clinics, educational settings and more.

Faculty Spotlight

Taylor Rezvani, Ph.D, M.A.T.


Dr. Taylor Rezvani is passionate about improving animal-human relationships and animal welfare through educational outreach and research, especially concerning the veterinary field and domestic dog preventative behavioral care. As an educator, Taylor strives to expand access to learning about animal behavior and welfare, particularly within the veterinary profession. Taylor has designed and delivered in-person and online curricula for high school, undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students as well as vocational learners. Interdisciplinarity has always been an important and natural part of Taylor’s personal educational trajectory, starting with her two undergraduate degrees: human biology (animal behavior: biology/psychology/sociology) and media studies (film), both from Pitzer College. She earned a master's degree in teaching biology from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in zoology, psychology and education from Washington State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and assisted with developing and curating educational materials regarding domestic dog welfare. Taylor co-founded and directed Whole Dog Academy, an education-based nonprofit that includes a career school for dog trainers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an animal care and behavior degree?

An animal care and behavior degree is a specialized program that provides students with insight into the natural instincts of animals, the factors that influence their behavior and the way that care can be managed to improve animal behavior. This degree program is well-suited to individuals who are interested in pursuing an animal-focused career but who have yet to identify which career path they want to take.


Is animal care and behavior a good major?

Animal care and behavior is an excellent major option for those passionate about animals and interested in caring for them. This degree program covers a wide variety of topics, including animal care, migratory patterns, animal psychology and the nature of the relationship between humans and animals.


What can you do with an animal care and behavior degree?

When you earn an animal care and behavior degree from Husson University, you can go on to pursue a career in many areas, such as veterinary care, zoo management, animal rescue efforts and more. It is a well-rounded degree program that provides you with the foundational knowledge needed to begin a career focused entirely on animals.


How do you get a degree in animal care and behavior?

You can earn a degree in animal care and behavior from Husson University by earning 120 credits in related coursework. Some of the course topics in this program include animal health and nutrition, cognitive behavior of animals, animal anatomy and animal disease. All courses are taught by expert faculty members who will prepare you for a lifelong career in the animal services sector.


How much does an animal care and behavior degree program cost?

The cost of an animal care and behavior degree program will vary depending on the credit hours that you take and the format of the program. Generally speaking, an online degree program is a more cost-effective option than an in-person degree program. The BS in Animal Care and Behavior at Husson University costs $398 per credit hour.

Transfer Made Easy

You're not alone. Hundreds of students transfer to Husson each year, some with just a few college credits, and others looking to transform an Associate's degree to a Bachelor’s or a Master’s. Best of all, you can transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree or nine credits toward your graduate degree. We’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure you’re more than ready for the rewarding future you have in mind.

Whether you are transferring from a community college, looking to maximize your transfer credits, or trying to find an affordable school, Husson Online is a great choice.

Transfer Up To 90 Credits

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