For major requirements, see the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this Catalog. For 2-year course listing, refer to Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (SAAS).
Update: Link to descriptions of new courses approved in spring 2006.
120. Introduction to Animal Science
First semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour discussion or laboratory period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 020. Darre
The biological, physical, and social factors that influence animal production and utilization.
125. Behavior and Training of Domestic Animals
Second semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught concurrently with SAAS 025. Darre
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.
127. Introduction to Companion Animals
Second semester. Three credits. Taught concurrently with SAAS 027.
Basic concepts of the nutrition, physiology, health and management of companion animals.
160. The Science of Food
(Also offered as NUSC 160.) Second semester. Three credits.
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.
195. Special Topics Lecture
Either semester. Credits, prerequisites, and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topoic.
216. Principles of Nutrition and Feeding of Animals
First semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour discussion and laboratory period. Recommended preparation: Introductory chemistry and an animal anatomy and physiology course. Open to sophomores or higher. Nadeau
This course focuses on digestive anatomy; the classes of nutrients including their digestion, use and sources. Nutrient requirements and feeding standards for various classes of livestock for reproduction, lactation, growth, work and maintenance are included. Feed requirements, feed requirements, feed laws, feed additives and labeling requirements are also discussed. Attention will also be given to characteristics of common feedstuffs and to formulating rations and nutritional programs for animal enterprise.
217. Principles of Animal Genetics
First semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 107. Recommended preparation: BIOL 108. Rasmussen
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.
219. Reproductive Physiology
Second semester. Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Milvae
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.
221. Environment, Genetics and Cancer
Second semester, alternate years (even numbered). Three credits. Prerequisites: BIOL 107; CHEM 141 or 243. Concurrent enrollment in at least one of the following courses is strongly recommended: MCB 203 or 204, MCB 200 or 213; or MCB 210. Silbart
Basic principles in tumor biology will be presented with an emphasis on phenotypic changes in transformed cell morphology and behavior. The biochemical basis of cell transformation, proliferation, and metastasis will be covered, followed by discussions of molecular mechanisms by which environmental chemicals interact with DNA and other cellular components. Metabolic activation of genotoxic carcinogens will be covered in detail, and the importance of polymorphisms in activating enzymes among human sub-populations will be discussed in terms of individual risks of cancer. Activation of proto-oncogenes, inactivation of tumor suppressor genes, and the role of these proteins in regulating the cell cycle will be covered in detail. Approaches for estimating human risk of cancer based on exposure estimates and biological markers will also be presented.
222. Growth Biology and Metabolism of Domestic Livestock
Second semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour discussion period. Recommended preparation: PVS 200. Zinn
Course will focus 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.
223W. Scientific Writing in Growth Biology and Metabolism of Domestic Livestock
Second semester. One credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or 110 or 111 or 250. Corequisite: ANSC 222.
A writing intesive class integrated with course content in ANSC 222.
224. Food Microbiology and Safety
Second semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 107. A one semester course in organic chemistry is recommended. Venkitanarayanan
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.
225. Environmental Health Field Experience
First semester. One credit. One class period. Silbart
Field trips and discussion periods will focus on waste management and disposal. Topics will include water purification and sewage treatment, municipal and industrial waste incineration, a superfund site and pharmaceutical waste management. Some field trips will be scheduled by arrangement.
226. Environmental Health
First semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 102 or equivalent; CHEM 122 or equivalent. Silbart
Course will focus on the environmental health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals, food contaminants and radiation. Basic principles of toxicology will be discussed, followed by lectures on specific topics such as: cancer, occupational hazards, radiation, genetic biomonitoring, risk assessment techniques, risk/benefit analysis, social/legal aspects of regulating toxic chemicals, and other related topics.
227. Food Microbiology Laboratory
Second semester. Even numbered years. One credit. One three-hour laboratory session. Recommended preparation: MCB 229. Venkitanarayanan.
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.
229. Animal Embryology and Biotechnology
First semester. Three credits. Recommended preparation: ANSC 219 or MCB 219. Tian
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. Lab tours, hands-on experience, and field trips to biotechnology companies will be included.
231. Developing the Driving Horse
First semester. Two credits. One 1-hour lecture and two 1-hour laboratories. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Consent only. Callahan
Techniques related to training the driving horse will be described. Prior working experience with horses is recommended.
234. Pleasure Horse Appreciation and Use
Either semester. One credit. One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour laboratory. Not open to students who have passed ANSC 236. Callahan
Open to all University students interested in pleasure horses. The principles of horse management and horsemanship. A $75 fee is charged for this course.
235. Horse Science
First semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory or discussion period. Open to sophomores or higher. Dinger
This course will be of particular value 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.
236. Light Horse Training and Management
Second semester. Two credits. Three 1-hour laboratory and one 1-hour discussion period. Prerequisite: ANSC 235. Open only with consent of instructor. Callahan
The theory, fundamentals and practice of breaking, training, fitting, showing, and the use of horses for riding. Primarily for Animal Science majors.
237. Methods of Equitation Instruction
Second semester. Two credits. One class period and one 2-hour laboratory or discussion period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 037. Consent of instructor required. Intermediate II or above riding experience required. Callahan
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.
238. Horse Breeding Farm Management
Second semester. Three credits. One class period and two 2-hour laboratory or discussion periods. Recommended preparation: ANSC 235. Dinger
This course is 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.
253. Animal Food Products
First semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory. Faustman
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. Field trips will be required.
254. Principles of Poultry Science
Second semester of odd numbered years. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Darre
The application of the basic scientific principles to the management of poultry, egg and meat production systems. Field trips are required.
255W. Scientific Writing in Animal Food Products
First semester. One credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or 110 or 111 or 250. Corequisite: ANSC 253.
A writing intensive class integrated course content in ANSC 253.
269. Laboratory Animal Science
Second semester. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory or discussion period. Prerequisite: BIOL 107. Recommended preparation: BIOL 108 or equivalent. Open to sophomores or higher. Milvae
The course is concerned with the 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. A $75 fee is charged for this course.
273. Livestock Management
First semester. Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Hoagland
The production and management of beef cattle, sheep, and swine. Laboratories involve theory and practice in livestock management, skills, and techniques.
275. Dairy Cattle Management
First semester of even numbered years. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 076. Kazmer
Management of dairy cattle including milking procedures, sanitation, reproduction, selection, and record keeping.
277WC. Dairy Herd Management
Second semester of odd numbered years. Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour discussion period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 077. Prerequisite: ANSC 275; ENGL 105 or 110 or 111 or 250. Kazmer
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 and must fulfill requirements for "W" and "C" skill course designations to successfully complete the course. Field trips are required.
278. Dairy Management Decision-making
Both semesters. One credit. One 2-hour discussion period. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated twice for credit. Kazmer
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.
281. Horse Selection and Evaluation
Second semester. Two credits. One 4-hour laboratory or discussion period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 081. Not open for credit to graduate students. Consent of instructor is required. Bennett
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.
283. Livestock and Carcass Evaluation
Second semester. Two credits. Two 2-hour laboratory periods. Taught concurrently with SAAS 083. Not open for credit to graduate students. Hoagland
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.
284. Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Second semester. Two credits. Two 2-hour laboratory or discussion periods. Kazmer
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.
288. Advanced Animal and Product Evaluation
First semester. Two credits. One 4-hour laboratory or discussion period. Taught concurrently with SAAS 088. Not open for credit to graduate students. May be repeated once for credit. Open only with instructor consent.
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.
291. Animal Science Field Excursions
Either semester. One credit. Open only with instructor consent. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
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.
293. International Studies in Animal Science
Either semester. Variable credits, 1-16. Hours by arrangement. Open only by instructor consent.
Variable topics. For studies taken outside the United States.
Second semester. One credit. One 2-hour discussion period. Open only to juniors and seniors. Zinn
A discussion of current employment opportunities in animal agriculture. In addition, students will prepare resumes and present oral talks.
296. Professional Internship
Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. Open only to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Andrew, Darre
298. Special Topics
Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Contact Department Main Office for list of current topics and instructors.
299. Independent Study
Either or both semesters. Credits and hours by arrangement of instructor. May be repeated for credit.