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Inside CAFNR
CAFNR’s Animal Sciences Degree Program

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)! As a future Tiger, we want you to get a glimpse of what you can experience in the animal sciences degree program. Click on the links below to learn more about the CAFNR Experience!

RISE Initiative
A welcoming environment (click to read)
A welcoming environment »

All CAFNR undergraduate students take part in a “signature experience” during their time on campus. This is denoted as the “RISE” Initiative: Research, International, Service learning, Experiential learning.

For example, Sarah Keely is not only a member of Marching Mizzou, the marching band for the University of Missouri, she also gains hands-on learning experiences at the MU Equine Teaching Facility.

Q&A with first-generation student Emma Schudel (click to read)
Q&A with first-generation student Emma Schudel »

CAFNR has resources that help all students succeed. First-generation student Emma Schudel shared how CAFNR has guided her college experience as an animal sciences student.

CAFNR Has a Lot to Offer

Each of the 14 degree programs in CAFNR impact the largest industries in the region and address the most significant challenges in our world today, including agricultural policy and economics; tourism and hospitality; food nutrition, production, processing and safety; environmental sustainability; and animal and human health.

  • CAFNR awards $1.5 million in scholarships annually
  • Graduation rate is 17% higher than state and national averages
  • 98.8% of graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school
  • 200-plus employers recruit CAFNR students
  • 51% of CAFNR students graduate debt free
  • Multiple accelerated programs provide opportunities to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously


Making an Impact
Growing together (click to read)
Growing together »

Anna Hartke and Mark Wendell have grown professionally and personally while pursuing degrees at MU. The duo earned their animal sciences degrees in 2020 and are now in MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine pursuing their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees.

Senior Spotlight: Paige Williams (click to read)
Senior Spotlight: Paige Williams »

A degree from CAFNR impacts your future and career, as well as the core components of society — helping to feed the world and keep it healthy. This past Senior Spotlight features Paige Williams, a recent graduate of the animal sciences degree program, as she shares her favorite experiences as a CAFNR student and how the College prepared her for the future.

Clubs and Organizations
Get Involved in CAFNR! (click to read)
Get Involved in CAFNR! »

Build leadership skills and friendships in more than 40 CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations. Each program has activities tailored to its students, in addition to many College-wide opportunities. Getting involved is a great way to expand on classroom learning, meet others with similar interests — and have some fun along the way!

MU Collegiate Livestock Judging Team sees success at several fall contests (click to read)
MU Collegiate Livestock Judging Team sees success at several fall contests »

The team is coached by animal science instructor Tawnie DeJong and assistant coach Clint Bailey, senior agriculture major.

Two-time champs – MU Animal Sciences Quadrathlon team takes home national title once again (click to read)
Two-time champs – MU Animal Sciences Quadrathlon team takes home national title once again »

Aliyah Luntsford, Catriona Chew, Caleigh Grote and Alexia Sweiger represented MU Animal Sciences in a rigorous test of their technical knowledge at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) National Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M.