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2021 Best Colleges for Animal Science in California

Animal Science is a popular major and California is the 2nd most popular state for students studying this major. 741 of the 7,614 Animal Science degrees awarded last year were given by schools in California. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Animal Science in California ranking analyzed 5 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in animal science. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Animal Science students in California.

Choosing a Great Animal Science School

Best Colleges for Animal Science in California The animal science program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A animal science degree from colleges on this list usually translates into higher than average income after graduation. Recent animal science graduates from California colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $28,460 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Animal Science students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other animal science students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized animal science related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Animal Science students in California.

Best Schools to Study Animal Science in California

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Animal Science degree.

Best Animal Science Colleges in California

It is difficult to beat University of California - Davis if you wish to pursue animal science as a major. Located in the suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Grads of the animal science program state that they receive average early career income of $27,100.

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Every student pursuing a degree in animal science needs to check out California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

Graduates of the animal science program state that they receive average early career income of $29,100.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona is one of the best schools in the country for animal science. CSU Pomona is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pomona.

Graduates of the animal science program state that they receive average early career income of $30,000.

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California State University - Chico is a good choice for students interested in a Animal Science degree. Located in the small city Chico, Chico State is a public school with a large student population.

Graduates of the animal science program make about $26,400 in their early career salary.

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Located in the large city Fresno, Fresno State is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $29,700.

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Best Animal Science Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Animal Science Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 293 76
Oregon 252 88
Hawaii 162 27

One of 13 majors within the Agriculture & Agriculture Operations area of study, Animal Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Agricultural Economics & Business 759
Agricultural Production 676
Horticulture 615
Food Science Technology 369
Agricultural Mechanization 366

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Billy Hathorn. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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