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1001. Introduction to Animal Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The biological, physical, and social factors that influence animal production and utilization.

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1111. Principles of Animal Nutrition and Feeding

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed ANSC 2111 or 4311.

Grading Basis: Graded

Digestive anatomy of various species and the classes of nutrients including their digestion, metabolism and sources. Nutrient requirements and feeding standards for livestock, companion animals, exotics and aquatics for purposes of reproduction, lactation, growth, work and maintenance. Classes of feedstuffs, their characteristics, proper utilization, formulating rations and nutritional programs for animal enterprise. Taught concurrently with SAAS 113. SM-9/17/12

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1602. Behavior and Training of Domestic Animals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of behavior of cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine and poultry to their management, training and welfare. Basic principles of genetics and physiology of behavior, perception, training, learning, motivation, and stress with consideration of integrated behavioral management and animal welfare.

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1645. The Science of Food

Also offered as: NUSC 1645

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introductory level course for students interested in the application of science to food. Nutritional and functional attributes of various food constituents are discussed. Issues concerning food processing and food safety are covered. CA 3.

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1676. Introduction to Companion Animals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic concepts of the nutrition, physiology, health and management of companion animals. Taught concurrently with SAAS 276.

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1693. Foreign Studies in Animal Science

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Variable topics. May be repeated for credit.

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1695. Special Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits, prerequisites and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Course Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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2251. Horse Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing ANSC 3456.

Grading Basis: Graded

Valuable to animal science majors and includes horse types and breeds and their nutrition, breeding, evaluation, behavior, care and management with attention given to detailed studies of the problems and practices of horse production and use. Taught concurrently with SAAS 251.

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2271. Principles of Poultry Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The application of the basic scientific principles to the management of poultry, egg and meat production systems.

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2690. Animal Science Field Excursions

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

A multiple day field trip format. Students in this course will travel with the instructor to visit and tour agri-businesses that represent commercial aspects of different animal science activities. Students will interview agri-business personnel and gain an understanding of how agricultural principles are applied in the field. Each student must submit a formal written report for evaluation and meet all other course requirements as specified by the instructor. Field trip is required. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated for credit with a change in topic. SM-4/6/09

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2695. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contact Department Main Office for list of current topics and instructors. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

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2699. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). SM-4/6/09

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3121. Principles of Animal Genetics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: BIOL 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Biosynthesis and function of DNA, RNA, and protein. This course also includes introductions to population and quantitative genetics. Information on molecular methods of genetic analysis and examples of genetics in animals of agricultural significance are also provided.

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3122. Reproductive Physiology

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of the reproductive anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Laboratory will include macro and micro anatomy, hormone action, and techniques used in reproductive management of domestic animals.

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3194. Seminar

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A discussion of current employment opportunities in animal agriculture. In addition, students will prepare resumes and make oral presentation.

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3261. Dairy Cattle Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Management of dairy cattle including milking procedures, sanitation, selection, nutrition, reproduction, physiology and anatomy of milk secretion and record keeping. Field trips required. Taught concurrently with SAAS 261.

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3272. Laboratory Animal Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107. Recommended preparation: BIOL 1108 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and practices of laboratory animal care and management in relation to animal characteristics, handling and restraint, animal house design, reproduction and nutrition and legal regulations. Various laboratory animal techniques will be covered.

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3273. Livestock Management

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The production and management of beef cattle, sheep, and swine. Laboratories involve theory and practice in livestock management, skills, and techniques. Taught concurrently with SAAS 273.

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3311. Comparative Exercise Physiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PVS 2100 or PNB 2265 or 2275; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A comparative study of the effects of exercise on the body, focusing on the three primary athletic species (canine, equine, human). Particular emphasis will be placed on the physiological mechanisms which allow for adaptation to exercise and inactivity.

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3312W. Scientific Writing in Comparative Exercise Physiology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800; open to juniors and higher. Co-requisite: ANSC 3311

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 3311.

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3313. Growth Biology and Metabolism in Domestic Livestock

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: PVS 2100.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the embryonic and postnatal growth and development of domestic livestock with emphasis on metabolic and hormonal regulation of processes that influence growth and development. Discussion period will focus on methods used to measure growth and metabolism.

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3314W. Scientific Writing in Growth Biology and Metabolism of Domestic Livestock

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; must be taken concurrently with ANSC 3313; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 3313.

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3316. Endocrinology of Farm Animals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: PVS 2100 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on endocrine systems and endocrine function in farm animals with emphasis on hormones involved in metabolism, growth, lactation, feed intake and digestion in cattle, pigs, horses and poultry.

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3317W. Scientific Writing in Endocrinology of Farm Animals

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; Open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: ANSC 3316

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 3316, Endocrinology of Farm Animals.

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3318. Probiotics and Prebiotics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: MCB 2610 or equivalent (can be taken concurrently)

Grading Basis: Graded

Biology, uses, effectiveness and safety of probiotics and prebiotics. Molecular mechanisms underlying the health benefits attributed to the consumption of pre and probiotics. Application of pre- and probiotics to promote human and animal health, including safety and regulation.

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3323. Animal Embryology and Biotechnology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: ANSC 3122 or MCB 4219.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to recent research in animal embryology and related reproductive biotechnologies. Basic principles, methodology and state of the technology for numerous established and emerging animal biotechnologies such as transgenesis and cloning.

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3324W. Scientific Writing in Embryo Biotechnology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: ANSC 3323.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 3323 Animal Embryology and Embryo Biotechnology.

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3343. Animal Food Products

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of the food products derived from animal agriculture, including dairy, meat, poultry and fish. Emphasis will be placed on inspection, grading, processing, biochemistry, nutritive value and food safety concerns of these products. Taught with SAAS 243.

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3344W. Scientific Writing in Animal Food Products

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; must be taken concurrently with ANSC 3343; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing-intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 3343.

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3452. Horse Breeding Farm Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ANSC 2251. Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed to develop technical and managerial skills necessary for operating horse breeding farms. Programs for herd health, hoof care, nutrition, breeding, foaling, and record keeping will be included.

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3453. Pleasure Horse Appreciation and Use

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed ANSC 3456.

Grading Basis: Graded

Open to all University students interested in pleasure horses. The principles of horse management and horsemanship.

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3454. Horse Selection and Evaluation

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparative evaluation, classification and selection of horses according to conformation, breed characteristics and performance. Judging skills including justification of placings through presentation of oral reasons will be developed. The Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team may be selected from this course. Field trips are required. Taught concurrently with SAAS 254.

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3455. Developing the Driving Horse

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques related to training the driving horse will be described. Prior working experience with horses is recommended.

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3456. Light Horse Training and Management

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: ANSC 2251.

Grading Basis: Graded

The theory, fundamentals and practice of breaking, training, fitting, showing, and the use of horses for riding. Primarily for Animal Science majors.

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3457. Advanced Broodmare and Foal Management

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ANSC 3452; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Management of the pregnant mare and neonatal foal, including foaling practices, foal handling, and postpartum care of the mare.

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3621. Animal Biotechnology Laboratory

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: ANSC 3121 (or equivalent); SPSS 3210 (or equivalent). Recommended preparation: ANSC 3122 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Laboratory techniques used in agricultural biotechnology research, including embryo manipulation, immunofluorescence, real-time PCR, karotyping, SNP analysis, high throughput sequencing, RNA-seq, genome construction and gene database searches.

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3641. Animal Food Products: Dairy Technology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Production and processing of milk and milk-products from a food science perspective including chemical, physical and microbiological components. Technological aspects of the transformation of milk into various food products. Public health regulations, good manufacturing practices, cleaning and sanitizing procedures. Unit operations in dairy food manufacturing, packaging, labeling and quality control procedures.

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3642W. Scientific Writing in Animal Food Products: Dairy Technology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ANSC 3641, which must be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800.

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing intensive course integrated with course content in ANSC 3641.

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3663. Dairy Management Decision-making

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Participation in all phases of dairy herd management including decision-making activities, with particular emphasis on impact of decisions on financial health and stability. Course requires participation beyond specific semester calendars. May be repeated twice for credit.

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3664. Dairy Cattle Evaluation

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the evaluation of dairy cattle on the basis of conformation. Breed classification and type improvement programs, score card criteria in relation to longevity, physiological efficiency and performance are included. Attention is also given to fitting and showing methods. Field trips may be required.

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3674. Livestock and Carcass Evaluation

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classification, form to function relationships, grades and value differences of livestock are included. Objective and subjective methods of appraisal are used to evaluate beef cattle, horses, sheep and swine. Taught concurrently with SAAS 274.

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3675. Advanced Animal and Product Evaluation

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Not open for credit to graduate students

Grading Basis: Graded

Intensive training in the evaluation of selected species of farm animals or their products. Type standards and the relation of anatomical features to physiological function are emphasized. Evaluation skills including justification of decisions will be developed. Intercollegiate dairy cattle, horse, livestock, poultry judging teams will be selected from this course. Field trips are required, some of which may occur prior to the start of the semester. May be repeated once for credit. Taught concurrently with SAAS 275.

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3681. Summer Internship Experience

Zero credits

Prerequisites: Open to students who have earned a minimum of 24 credits and instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Practical experience, knowledge, and professional skills in a work environment related to animal science. Based on a contract and learning experience syllabus. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated.

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3691. Professional Internship

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Credits and hours by arrangement.

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3693. Foreign Studies in Animal Science

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Variable topics. May be repeated for credit.

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3695. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Contact Department Main Office for list of current topics and instructors.

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4311. Advanced Animal Nutrition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ANSC 1111; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A comparative study of nutritional, physiological, microbiological, immunological and biochemical aspects of digestion and metabolism in the non-ruminant and ruminant animal, particularly livestock and companion animals. Topics include digestive system structures, utilization of nutrients, energy metabolism, control of nutrient metabolism, and experimental techniques used in the study of animal nutrition.

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4312W. Scientific Writing in Advanced Animal Nutrition

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: ANSC 4311.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing-intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 4311. SM- 11/11/13

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4341. Food Microbiology and Safety

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Biology 1107; open to junior or higher. Recommended preparation: a one semester course in organic chemistry.

Grading Basis: Graded

Current topics in food safety will be discussed, with special emphasis on microbial and chemical contamination of food. Specific topics including the safety of natural versus synthetic chemicals, food additives, irradiation and other practices, basic microbiology and toxicology, current regulatory practices and risk assessment will also be included. The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) approach to food safety will be discussed.

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4342W. Scientific Writing in Food Microbiology and Safety

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800; open to juniors or higher. Corequisite: ANSC 4341

Grading Basis: Graded

A writing-intensive class integrated with course content in ANSC 4341.

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4457. Methods of Equitation Instruction

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Intermediate II or above riding experience required.

Grading Basis: Graded

The techniques and procedures of teaching equitation including the theories of riding and teaching methods. Practice teaching will be required under the supervision of the instructor. Taught concurrently with SAAS 257.

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4642. Food Microbiology Laboratory

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: MCB 2610.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introductory laboratory course in sampling of foods for microbiological analysis, enumeration of microorganisms in foods, and isolation and identification of major foodborne pathogens from foods.

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4662W. Dairy Herd Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; ANSC 3261; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Dairy farm management practices with emphasis on business and economic decision making. The effects of various programs in selection, nutrition, facilities, reproduction and herd health on overall business health will be evaluated. Each student will manage a computer simulated herd during the semester. Field trips are required. GEOC;

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4697W. Undergraduate Honors Thesis Writing in Animal Science

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Three credits of ANSC 2699 or 5692, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Writing of a formal thesis based on independent research conducted by the student. Thesis proposal and final thesis must follow guidelines developed by the department.

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