Undergraduate Degree - Animal Science

Program:
Animal Science
Program Code:
0267 Animal Science
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FQ82
Department:
Department of Animal Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal Science

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, farm ownership, 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, or animal biology/preveterinary.

The animal industry concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in managing animal operations. Marketing, sales, and production of animals and animal products offer numerous employment opportunities. The companion and exotic animal biology concentration prepares students for careers in the areas of small animal nutrition, pet food sales, and captive and small animal management. Students may also use their elective credits to complete the preveterinary requirements and apply to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The animal biology/preveterinary concentration is designed for students who are interested in an advanced degree in animal science or a career in veterinary medicine. The requirements for admission to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine are included in the requirements for this concentration. Using electives, students may be able to complete requirements for other veterinary schools. Each veterinary school requires different courses for admission. It is the student’s responsibility to assess requirements and transferability of courses to desired veterinary school.

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 one of the following courses:  Animal Science 301, 314, 409. 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 161 and 171, Chemistry 141, and Chemistry 143 or 251. The completion of Biological Science 171 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Biological Science 161 and 171, 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 (21 credits):
    ANS 101 Professional Development in Animal Science I 1
    ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 3
    ANS 110L Introductory Animal Agriculture Laboratory 1
    ANS 210 Introduction to Disciplines in Animal Agriculture 3
    ANS 301 Professional Development in Animal Science II 3
    ANS 401 Issues in Animal Agriculture 1
    BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
    BS 171 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 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    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. Two of the following introductory species management courses (6 credits):
    ANS 201 Animal Products 3
    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
    e. A minimum of 14 credits from the following introductory discipline courses: (14 to 16 credits):
    ANS  305 Applied Animal Behavior  3
       ANS  305L  Applied Animal Behavior Laboratory 1
       ANS  307 Animal Reproduction  3
       ANS  309 Animal Health and Disease Management  3
       ANS  313 Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition (W) 4
       ANS  314 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals  4
       ANS  315 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals  4
       ANS  407 Food and Animal Toxicology  3
    f.  One of the following advanced management courses (3 credits): 
       ANS  422 Advanced Beef Cattle Feedlot 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
       FSC  432 Food Processing: Dairy Foods  3
       FSC  433 Food Processing: Muscle Foods  3
    g.  A minimum of 2 credits in experiential learning (2 to 6 credits): 
       ANS  300A  Advanced Livestock Judging  2
       ANS  300C  Advanced Dairy Cattle Judging  2
       ANS  300D  Advanced Horse Judging  2
       ANS  300E  Animal Welfare Judging  2
       ANS  300F  Advanced Dairy Farm Evaluation  2
       ANS  480 Animal Systems in International Development 3
       ANS  492 Undergraduate Research in Animal Science  3
       ANS  493 Professional Internship in Animal Science  3
    A minimum of 2 credits in a department-approved Education Abroad program. (2 to 6 credits)
    h. One of the following concentrations (20 to 39 credits):
    Animal Industry (20 to 23 credits):
    1. Both of the following courses (5 credits):
    ANS 201  Animal Products 3
    CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
    ANS 201 may not be used to fulfill requirement 3.d. above.
    2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
    3. One of the following advanced management courses (3 credits):
    ANS 422 Advanced Beef Cattle Feedlot 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
    FSC 432 Food Processing: Dairy Foods 3
    FSC 433 Food Processing: Muscle Foods 3
    Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. f. above.
    4. A minimum of 9 credits from the following courses (9 to 12 credits):
    ANS 211 Animal and Product Evaluation 3
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS 305L Applied Animal Behavior Laboratory 1
    ANS 307 Animal Reproduction 3
    ANS 309 Animal Health and Disease Management 3
    ANS 404 Introduction to Quantitative Genetics 3
    ANS 407 Food and Animal Toxicology 3
    ANS 409 Problems, Controversies and Advancements in Reproduction (W) 4
    ANS 425 Animal Biotechnology 3
    ANS 413 Non-Ruminant Nutrition 4
    ANS 418 Animal Agriculture and the Environment 3
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. e. above.
    Animal Biology and Preveterinary (32 to 39 credits):
    1.  All of the following courses (11 credits):
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    2. One of the following courses (4 credits):
    BMB 200 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
    BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    3. A minimum of 9 credits from the following courses (9 to 12 credits):
    ANS 404 Introduction to Quantitative Genetics 2
    ANS 409 Problems, Controversies and Advancements in Reproduction (W) 4
    ANS 413 Non-Ruminant Nutrition 4
    ANS 418 Animal Agriculture and the Environment 3
    ANS 425 Animal Biotechnology 3
    ANS 427 Environmental Toxicology and Society 3
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    4. A minimum of 8 credits from the following courses (8 to 12 credits):
    IBIO 313 Animal Behavior 3
    IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    MMG 301 Introductory Microbiology 3
    MMG 302 Introductory Laboratory for General and Allied Health Microbiology 1
    MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
    PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology 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
    Companion and Exotic Animal Biology (30 to 33 credits)
    1. All of the following courses (17 credits):
    ANS 482 Advanced Companion Animal Management 3
    BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 4
    BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    IBIO 328 Comparative Anatomy and Biology of Vertebrates 4
    ANS 482 cannot be used fulfill requirement 3.f. above.
    2. One of the following courses (4 credits):
    BMB 200 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
    BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
    3. A minimum of 9 credits from the following courses (9 to 12 credits):
    ANS 305 Applied Animal Behavior 3
    ANS  305L  Applied Animal Behavior Laboratory 1
       ANS  307 Animal Reproduction  3
       ANS  309 Animal Health and Disease Management  3
    ANS  313 Principles of Animal Feeding and Nutrition (W) 4
    ANS  314 Genetic Improvement of Domestic Animals  4
    ANS  315 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals  4
    ANS 404 Introduction to Quantitative Genetics 3
       ANS  407 Food and Animal Toxicology  3
    ANS 409 Problems, Controversies and Advancements in Reproduction (W) 4
    ANS 413 Non-Ruminant Nutrition 4
    ANS 418 Animal Agriculture and the Environment 3
    ANS 425 Animal Biotechnology 3
    ANS 427 Environmental Toxicology and Society 3
    ANS 435 Mammary Physiology 4
    ANS 445 Equine Exercise Physiology 4
    ANS 455 Avian Physiology 4
    ANS 483 Ruminant Nutrition 3
    IBIO 313 Animal Behavior 3
    IBIO 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
    IBIO 355 Ecology 3
    IBIO 369 Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science 3
    Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. e. above.



 


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Animal Science, BS (0267)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS20

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB117, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH4: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH101, MTH102, MTH103, MTH103WAIV
MTH5: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103A, MTH103B
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Animal Science - Cell Biology and Lab
Major - Animal Science - Cell Biology and Lab: 2 courses from BS161, BS171

Requirement 12: Major - Animal Science - General Chemistry
Major - Animal Science - General Chemistry: 1 course from CEM141

Requirement 13: Major - Animal Science - Organic Chemistry
Major - Animal Science - Organic Chemistry: 1 course from CEM143, CEM251

Requirement 14: Major - Animal Science - Professional Development
Major - Animal Science - Professional Development: 2 courses from ANS101, ANS301

Requirement 15: Major - Animal Science - Statistics
Major - Animal Science - Statistics: 1 course from STT200, STT201, STT231, STT421, STT464

Requirement 16: Major - Animal Science - Core
Major - Animal Science - Core: 4 courses from ANS110, ANS110L, ANS210, ANS401

Requirement 17: Major - Animal Science - Introductory Species Management Courses
Major - Animal Science - Introductory Species Management Courses: 2 courses from ANS201, ANS222, ANS232, ANS242, ANS252, ANS262, ANS272, ANS282

Requirement 18: Major - Animal Science - Introductory Discipline Courses
Major - Animal Science - Introductory Discipline Courses: 14 credits from ANS305, ANS305L, ANS307, ANS309, ANS313, ANS314, ANS315, ANS407

Requirement 19: Major - Animal Science - Advanced Management Courses
Major - Animal Science - Advanced Management Courses: 1 course from ANS422, ANS432, ANS442, ANS472, ANS482, FSC432, FSC433

Requirement 20: Major - Animal Science - Experiential Learning
Major - Animal Science - Experiential Learning: 1 course from ANS300A, ANS300C, ANS300D, ANS300E, ANS300F, ANS480, ANS492, ANS493

Requirement 21: Major - Animal Science - Concentration
Major - Animal Science - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Animal Industry: 20 credits
At least 3 credits from ANS201
At least 2 credits from CSS110
At least 3 credits from ABM100, ABM130
At least 3 credits from ANS422, ANS432, ANS442, ANS472, ANS482, FSC432, FSC433
At least 9 credits from ANS211, ANS305, ANS305L, ANS307, ANS309, ANS404, ANS407, ANS409, ANS413, ANS418, ANS425, ANS435, ANS445, ANS455, ANS483
Companion and Exotic Animal Biology: 30 credits
At least 17 credits from ANS482, BS162, BS172, CEM252, CEM255, IBIO328
At least 4 credits from BMB200, BMB401
At least 9 credits from ANS305, ANS305L, ANS307, ANS309, ANS313, ANS314, ANS315, ANS404, ANS407, ANS409, ANS413, ANS418, ANS425, ANS427, ANS435, ANS445, ANS455, ANS483, IBIO313, IBIO341, IBIO355, IBIO369
Animal Biology and Preveterinary: 32 credits
At least 11 credits from BS162, BS172, CEM161, CEM252, CEM255
At least 9 credits from ANS404, ANS409, ANS413, ANS418, ANS425, ANS427, ANS435, ANS445, ANS455, ANS483
At least 4 credits from BMB200, BMB401
At least 8 credits from IBIO313, IBIO341, MMG301, MMG302, MMG409, PHM450, PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252

Requirement 22: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Option3: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTH116
Option4: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTHRQMT
Option1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
Option2: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114

Requirement 23: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202

Requirement 24: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Requirement 25: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 26: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.