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Meat Science



meat science


Other Variations

·       Meat Science & Food Technology



Degree Type/Duration

Degrees will often be for Animal Science with a meat concentration.

·       Associate’s Degree (2 years)

·       Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)

·       Master’s Degree (Varies)

·       Doctorate Degree (Varies)




Combines the principles of biology, physiology and nutrition that drive growth. Students will study the impact of these principles on meat quality through hands-on experiences, internships, research, and study. This knowledge leads students to pursue careers in the food industry.


Coursework may cover the following areas: Animal Handling, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Genetics, Animal Evaluation and Selection, Animal Production and Management, Food Animal Processing, Carcass Evaluation, Processed Meats, Barbeque Science



Potential Career Paths


·       Animal Caretaker

·       Animal Welfare Specialist

·       Beef Farm Worker

·       Carcass Merchandiser

·       Evisceration Processer

·       Farm Manager

·       Feedlot Manager

·       Livestock Buyer

·       Livestock Grader

·       Livestock Loader

·       Meat Inspector

·       Production Manager



Additional Opportunities/Recommendations

·       USDA Certified Meat Inspector

·       Additional certifications available

·       Animal handling experience

·       Livestock judging

·       Meat judging

·       Veterinary school with proper pre-requisites

·       Internship or work experience related to animal agriculture


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