Possibly the most pressing dilemma in developing an undergraduate animal science curriculum is to provide for a broad, general education and yet enable students to be specialists in their knowledge of animal science. This situation is further aggravated by the fact that the preparation must be limited to an undergraduate period of four years. A balance between these two components of an education (breadth and depth) is essential lest we produce either a generation of technicians without technical knowledge or a generation of technicians without imagination. When the diverse occupations within the field of animal science is also considered, an undergraduate curriculum must retain a great amount of flexibility in order to be relevant to individual student needs and desires. Therefore, a well designed program must contain significant areas of 1) liberal areas or "general education" courses, 2) general agriculture or "pre-professional" courses, 3) agriculture science or "foundation" courses, 4) livestock management or "production" courses, and 5) free or guided "electives."



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