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Department of Animal
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101 Animal Science Building
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.6062
Fax: 405.744.7390
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Our History

The history of the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Brief History

Oklahoma State University was founded on December 25, 1890, as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M). On July 1, 1957, Oklahoma A&M College officially became Oklahoma State University.

For the first 16 years following the founding of Oklahoma A&M College, the College of Agriculture consisted of two departments (Agriculture and Horticulture). In 1906, the Department of Agriculture was divided into the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, with Animal Husbandry and Dairying being further split into separate departments in 1908. Courses dealing with poultry were not offered until 1911 and were then taught in the Animal Husbandry Department until 1915 when the Poultry Husbandry Department was formed.

In l967 the Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Science Departments were merged into the Institute of Animal Sciences and Industry, with the name changed in a few years to the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. in 1977, the name was shortened to the Department of Animal Science. The food science major was added to the department in 2006. As the food science program grew, the department saw the need for a name change. On July 1, 2018, the name of the department of officially changed to Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Following the merger of the three departments in 1967, the faculty was housed in six different buildings -  Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Poultry, Meat Laboratory, Ag Hall, and Veterinary Medicine. It was not until the present Animal Science Building was completed in 1982 that the entire faculty was housed in one building.

Animal Husbandry Building

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