Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal Science

Pamela Ruegg, Chairperson

Undergraduate Program


Animal Science

The undergraduate program in animal science is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers by providing a strong basic science foundation paired with practical animal experience gained through the multiple farm facilities near campus.  Graduates may be employed in research, extension, agribusiness, finance, marketing, public relations, event or association management, and more.  Graduates often attend veterinary or graduate school as well.

All animal science students must complete a set of required core courses that include anatomy and physiology, nutrition, genetics, and management.  These courses are taught using beef cattle, companion animals, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, and swine.  Additional courses are then added to allow students to personalize their program of study.  Scientific principles of biology and animal science are key components of the program although the animal science major also provides enough flexibility for students to choose a path that meets their needs and interest areas.  Students choose from one the following concentrations as they plan their degree program: animal industry, companion and exotic animal biology, animal biology/preveterinary, or production animal scholars.

Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in animal science may elect a Minor in Plant, Animal and Microbial Biotechnology.  For additional information, refer to the Minor in Plant, Animal and Microbial Biotechnology statement.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Animal Science major is met by completing all of the following courses:  Animal Science 313, 314, 315. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the Animal Science major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Animal Science may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses:  Biological Science 111 and 111L, Chemistry 141, and Chemistry 143 or 251. The completion of Biological Science 111L satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 111 and 111L, Chemistry 141, and Chemistry 143 or 251 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (29 credits):
    ANS 101 Professional Development in Animal Science I 1
    ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
    ANS 301 Professional Development in Animal Science II 2
    ANS 313 Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition 4
    ANS 314 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals 4
    ANS 315 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals 4
    ANS 401 Issues in Animal Agriculture 1
    BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
    BS 111L Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    b. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    STT 464 Statistics for Biologists 3
    c. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    CEM 143 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
    CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
    d. One of the following species management courses (3 credits):
    ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
    ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
    ANS 242 Introductory Horse Management 3
    ANS 252 Introduction to Management of Avian Species 3
    ANS 262 Introductory Sheep Management 3
    ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
    ANS 282 Introductory Companion Animal Management 3
    e. One of the following concentrations (23 to 55 credits):
    Animal Industry (23 to 34 credits):
    1. The following course (4 credits):
    ANS 210  Animal Products 4
    2. One of the following courses (2 or 3 credits):
    CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
    CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
    3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
    4. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
    ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
    ANS 242 Introductory Horse Management 3
    ANS 252 Introduction to Management of Avian Species 3
    ANS 262 Introductory Sheep Management 3
    ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
    ANS 282 Companion Animal Biology and Management 3
    The course used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. d. above.
    5. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ANS 422 Advanced Beef Cattle Management 3
    ANS 432 Advanced Dairy Cattle Management 3
    ANS 442 Advanced Horse Management 3
    ANS 472 Advanced Swine Management 3
    ANS 482 Advanced Companion Animal Management 3
    6. Three of the following courses (6 to 12 credits):
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 309 Health and Hygiene of Livestock 3
    ANS 404 Advanced Animal Genetics 2
    ANS 405 Endocrinology of Reproduction 4
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 413 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 3
    ANS 414 Advanced Animal Breeding 2
    ANS 415 Growth and Musculoskeletal Biology 3
    ANS 416 Meat Science and Muscle Biology 2
    ANS 418 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning 3
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    7. One of the following courses (2 to 6 credits):
    ANS 493 Professional Internship in Animal Science 3
    ANS 300A Advanced Livestock Judging 2
    ANS 300C Advanced Dairy Cattle Judging 2
    ANS 300D Advanced Horse Judging 2
    Six credits in an approved Study Abroad program can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    Animal Biology and Preveterinary (39 to 50 credits):
    1.  All of the following courses (22 credits):
    ANS 210 Animal Products 4
    ANS 425 Principles of Animal Biotechnology 3
    BMB 401 Basic Biochemistry 4
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    2. Three of the following courses (7 to 11 credits):
    ANS 404 Advanced Animal Genetics 2
    ANS 405 Endocrinology of Reproduction 4
    ANS 413 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 3
    ANS 415 Growth and Musculoskeletal Biology 3
    ANS 416 Meat Science and Muscle Biology 2
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    3. A minimum of 8 credits from the following courses (8 to 12 credits):
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 309 Health and Hygiene of Livestock 3
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 414 Advanced Animal Breeding 2
    ANS 418 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning 3
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
    MMG 409 Eucaryotic Cell Biology 3
    PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicity 3
    PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    4. One of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):
    ANS 492 Undergraduate Research in Animal Science 3
    ANS 493 Professional Internship in Animal Science 3
    Six credits in an approved Study Abroad program can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    Companion and Exotic Animal Biology (43 to 52 credits)
    1. All of the following courses (19 credits):
    ANS 282 Companion Animal Biology and Management 3
    ANS 482 Advanced Companion Animal Management 3
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    ZOL 328 Comparative Anatomy and Biology of Vertebrates (W) 4
    2. One of the following courses (4 credits):
    BMB 200 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
    BMB 401 Basic Biochemistry 4
    3. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 405 Endocrinology of Reproduction 4
    ANS 413 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 3
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    4. Four of the following courses (11 to 15 credits):
    ANS 404 Advanced Genetics 2
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 415 Growth and Musculoskeletal Biology 3
    ANS 418 Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning 3
    ANS 425 Principles of Animal Biotechnology 3
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    ZOL 355 Ecology 3
    ZOL 369 Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science 3
    5. One of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):
    ANS 492 Undergraduate Research in Animal Science 3
    ANS 493 Professional Internship in Animal Science 3
    Six credits in an approved Study Abroad program can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    Production Animal Scholars (52 to 55 credits):
    1.  All of the following courses (33 credits):
    ANS 210 Animal Products 4
    BMB 401 Basic Biochemistry 4
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
    MMG 409 Eucaryotic Cell Biology 3
    PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ANS 222 Introductory Beef Cattle Management 3
    ANS 232 Introductory Dairy Cattle Management 3
    ANS 252 Introduction to Management of Avian Species 3
    ANS 262 Introductory Sheep Management 3
    ANS 272 Introductory Swine Management 3
    The course used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. d. above.
    3. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    ABM 435 Financial Management in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 437 Agribusiness Strategic Management (W) 3
    ANS 413 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 3
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    4. One of the following courses (3 to 4 credits):
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 405 Endocrinology of Reproduction 4
    ANS 415 Growth and Musculoskeletal Biology 3
    ANS 425 Principles of Animal Biotechnology 3
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    5. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ANS 422 Advanced Beef Cattle Management 3
    ANS 432 Advanced Dairy Cattle Management 3
    ANS 472 Advanced Swine Management 3
    6. One of the following courses (2 to 4 credits):
    ANS 404 Advanced Animal Genetics 2
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 414 Advanced Animal Breeding 2
    ANS 416 Meat Science and Muscle Biology 2
    ANS 418 Comprehensive Nutrient Management  Planning 3
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
    ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    7. The following course (2 credits):
    ANS 390 Animal Science Practicum 2


Graduate Study

The graduate program in animal science is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue a program that focuses on the basic biomedical and agricultural sciences or on applied management aspects of animal science.

The Department of Animal Science offers Master of Science and Doctoral of Philosophy degree programs in animal science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in animal science- environmental toxicology.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Animal Science may elect a Specialization in Environmental Toxicology.  For additional information, refer to the statement on the specialization in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this catalog. 

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Animal Science may elect a Specialization in Food Safety.  For additional information, refer to the statement on the specialization in the College of Veterinary Medicine section of this catalog. 


Animal Science - Master of Science

Programs of study are based on the strengths of the department and the goals of individual students. Although individual students' programs vary, all graduate programs in animal science are designed to:

  1. Provide a strong foundation in biological science and an in–depth knowledge of a specific biological discipline of importance to animal agriculture.
  2. Develop creative potential and foster independent thought.
  3. Improve technical skills.
  4. Provide the foundation for effective, independent careers in extension, research, teaching, or agribusiness.

The department offers the following areas of specialization within the field of animal science: quantitative genetics, systems science, nutrition, physiology of growth, lactation and reproduction, microbiology, molecular biology, toxicology, and livestock and farm management.  Research for theses or dissertations may focus on beef or dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, poultry, or fur–bearing and laboratory species.  Modern animal, computer, and library facilities support research.

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science degree program in the Department of Animal Science may elect a Specialization in Environmental Toxicology.  For additional information, refer to the Graduate Specialization in Environmental Toxicology statement.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the student must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the master's or doctoral degree program in animal science, students must have a bachelor's degree in animal science or in a related biological science.  To enroll in advanced courses in animal science and supporting sciences, students should have completed courses that establish principles in animal science and in basic physical and biological sciences pertinent to the area of specialization within the field of animal science that the student chooses.  In some cases, students may need to complete collateral courses in addition to the courses that are required for the graduate degree.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Animal Science

The student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B.  In cooperation with the student's major professor, the student plans a program of study that includes courses related to one of the areas of specialization within the field of animal science referenced above, seminars, and teaching experience.  The student's major professor and guidance committee must approve the student's program of study, including thesis research for students under Plan A.


Animal Science- Doctor of Philosophy

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Animal Science

In cooperation with the student's major professor, the student plans a program of study that includes courses related to one of the areas of specialization within the field of animal science referenced above, seminars, and teaching experience.  The student's major professor and guidance committee must approve the student's program of study, including dissertation research.

 


Animal Science-Environmental Toxicology

Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in animal science—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.