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
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Animal Science

Undergraduate Program
Animal Science

The undergraduate program in animal science, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree, is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers by establishing a strong basic science foundation combined with practical experience with agricultural animals at the multiple farm facilities located near campus. Graduates may be employed in farm ownership, management, marketing, agribusiness, finance, manufacturing, public relations, extension, or consulting. Graduates often attend veterinary or graduate school.

Scientific principles of biology and animal science are important components of the program and are combined with opportunities to apply fundamental principles learned in class to farm management.  The animal science major also provides students with flexibility. Academic advisors guide students in the development of a planned program of study that is consistent with their interests and goals. 

All students in animal science must complete a set of required core courses including breeding and genetics, nutrition, physiology, and management.  These principles are taught using horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and companion animals.

Students must choose from one of the following concentrations: animal industry, companion and exotic animal biology, animal biology/preveterinary, or production animal scholars.

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 the 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 the College of Veterinary Medicine are included in the requirements for this concentration.

The production animal scholars concentration is a cooperative effort between the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The concentration is for students committed to a career in food animal management and medicine and provides an admissions pathway to Production Medicine Scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students must (1) declare the concentration when they reach junior standing; (2) submit a formal application for the production animal scholars concentration; (3) demonstrate a commitment to livestock agriculture, excluding horses, through youth activities, family experiences, employment, internships, extracurricular activities, and other participation in the livestock industry.

After completion of the production animal scholars concentration, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.  Students may then enter veterinary college or pursue a career in farm-based, agricultural veterinary practice. Students completing this concentration must complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science prior to matriculation into the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students interested in pursuing the admissions pathway to Production Medicine Scholars in the College of Veterinary Medicine should see the College of Veterinary Medicine section of this catalog for further information.

Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in animal science may elect a Specialization in Agricultural and Natural Resources Biotechnology.  For additional information, refer to the Specialization in Agricultural and Natural Resources 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



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Animal Science, BS (0267)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

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 LB118, MTH110, 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 MTH112, 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 BS111, BS111L

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, STT421, STT464

Requirement 16: Major - Animal Science - Core
Major - Animal Science - Core: 5 courses from ANS110, ANS313, ANS314, ANS315, ANS401

Requirement 17: Major - Animal Science - Concentration
Major - Animal Science - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Animal Industry: 23 credits
At least 4 credits from ANS210
At least 2 credits from CSE101, CSS110
At least 3 credits from ABM100, ABM130
At least 3 credits from ANS222, ANS232, ANS242, ANS252, ANS262, ANS272, ANS282
At least 3 credits from ANS422, ANS432, ANS442, ANS472, ANS482
At least 6 credits from ANS305, ANS309, ANS404, ANS405, ANS407, ANS413, ANS414, ANS415, ANS416, ANS418, ANS435, ANS445, ANS455, ANS483
At least 2 credits from ANS493, ANS300A, ANS300C, ANS300D
Animal Biology and Preveterinary: 43 credits
At least 22 credits from ANS210, ANS425, BMB401, BS110, CEM161, CEM252, CEM255
At least 7 credits from ANS404, ANS405, ANS413, ANS415, ANS416, ANS435, ANS483
At least 8 credits from ANS305, ANS309, ANS407, ANS414, ANS418, ANS445, ANS455, MMG301, MMG302, MMG409, PHM450, PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252, ZOL313, ZOL341
At least 3 credits from ANS492, ANS493
At least 3 credits from ANS222, ANS232, ANS242, ANS252, ANS262, ANS272, ANS282
Companion and Exotic Animal Biology: 43 credits
At least 19 credits from ANS282, ANS482, BS110, CEM252, CEM255, ZOL328
At least 4 credits from BMB200, BMB401
At least 6 credits from ANS305, ANS405, ANS413, ANS435, ANS483
At least 11 credits from ANS404, ANS407, ANS415, ANS418, ANS425, ANS445, ANS455, ZOL313, ZOL341, ZOL355, ZOL369
At least 3 credits from ANS492, ANS493
Production Animal Scholars: 52 credits
At least 33 credits from ANS210, BMB401, BS110, CEM161, CEM252, CEM255, MMG301, MMG302, MMG409, PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252
At least 3 credits from ANS222, ANS232, ANS252, ANS262, ANS272
At least 6 credits from ABM435, ABM437, ANS413, ANS483
At least 3 credits from ANS305, ANS405, ANS415, ANS425, ANS435
At least 3 credits from ANS422, ANS432, ANS472
At least 2 credits from ANS404, ANS407, ANS414, ANS416, ANS418, ANS455, ZOL313, ZOL341
At least 2 credits from ANS390

Requirement 18: 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 19: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202

Requirement 20: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Requirement 21: 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 22: 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.