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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agricultural Sciences

Animal Science

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (AN SC)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

DR. ROBERT MIKESELL, Program Coordinator

Animal Science may be defined as the study and integration of all disciplines that relate to the function and care of animals for the benefit of society by providing companionship, food, fiber, performance, and research. The Animal Science major includes references to all types of animals.

The educational experiences included in this major should prepare the student for a wide range of entry-level positions in production agriculture agribusiness, and related industries, and provide preparation for the pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies leading to professional or advanced degrees. The student is expected to develop a comprehensive understanding of the biological and physical sciences underlying the functioning of all types of animals.

Realizing the wide range of career possibilities requiring diverse types of academic preparation, two options of study are available: the Business/Management Option and the Science Option.

For the B. S. degree in Animal Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT OPTION: The primary objective of this option is to prepare the student for entry-level positions in agribusiness organizations and in the animal and food industries. The student may develop a program with specie specialization or diversity. The student may develop a foundation in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and other business-related areas. Graduates seek entry-level employment opportunities as loan officers with financial institutions; technical service and sales representatives for pharmaceutical, agri-chemical, feed or food producing companies; field representatives for breed organizations or producer cooperatives; public relations and human resources personnel for agribusiness companies; management trainees for numerous agribusiness firms; management trainees or assistant managers of animal production units, and roles in government agencies.

SCIENCE OPTION: The primary objective of this option is to prepare the student for entry into post-baccalaureate study programs in animal and related biological sciences. Graduates who have obtained the proper qualifications may pursue advanced studies in a wide variety of disciplines, including animal science, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, nutrition, physiology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical research, and veterinary medicine. Graduates not desiring to pursue advanced studies seek entry-level employment opportunities as research technicians, technical service representatives for various industrial companies, food inspectors, laboratory animal caretakers, and public relations personnel.

TO VIEW THE Animal Science Minor (AN SC)

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18-24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-13 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 90-100 credits
(This includes 18-24 credits of General Education courses: 0-3 credits of GA courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3-6 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 42-47 credits
(Courses taken as common requirements can not be used to meet requirements within the option)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
AN SC 100 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
AN SC 201(4)[1], AN SC 207(2)[1], AN SC 208(1)[1], AN SC 290W(1), AN SC 300 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
AN SC 301(3)[1], B M B 211(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-18 credits)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 6-8 credits from:
-- select 3-4 from MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 110 GQ(4), or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
-- select 2-4 from CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 203 GQ(4), MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 111 GQ(2), MATH 141 GQ(4), STAT 100 GQ(3), STAT 200 GQ(4), or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(3)
Select 3-4 credits [1] from AN SC 305(3), AN SC 306(3), AN SC 308(4), AN SC 309(4), AN SC 310(3), AN SC 311(4), AN SC 315(3), AN SC 324(3), or AN SC 327(3) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3-5 credits)
Select 3-5 credits in communication skills courses from department list. Certain courses may double count as general education courses; consult with your adviser. (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 48-53 credits

BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT OPTION: (49-52 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (7 credits)
ACCTG 211(4) (Sem: 3-4)
AN SC 322(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19-22 credits)
CHEM 101 GN(3) or CHEM 110 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
AG BM 102(3) or MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-4)
AG BM 200(3) or MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MICRB 106 GN(3) and MICRB 107 GN(1); or MICRB 201(3) and MICRB 202(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3-4 credits from AN SC 305(3), AN SC 306(3), AN SC 308(4), AN SC 309(4), AN SC 310(3), AN SC 311(4), AN SC 315(3), AN SC 324(3), AN SC 327(3), AN SC 405(3), AN SC 407(3), or AN SC 410(4)(Sem: 5-8)
Select 3-4 credits from AN SC 420(4), AN SC 423(3), AN SC 427(3), or AN SC 431W(4) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (23 credits)
Select 23 credits (at least 9 credits of business and 9 credits of production courses; 12 credits must be 400-level courses) from department list (Sem: 5-8)
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.)

SCIENCE OPTION: (48-53 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (27 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
B M B 212(1), B M B 221(2) (Sem: 5-6)
MICRB 201(3), MICRB 202(2), PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 5-6)
AN SC 423(3), AN SC 431W(4) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-19 credits)
CHEM 203(3) or CHEM 212(3) and CHEM 213(2) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), or BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from AGRO 028(3), AN SC 211(3), AN SC 213(3), or SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from AN SC 322(3), BIOL 133 GN(3), or BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3-4 credits from AN SC 305(3), AN SC 306(3), AN SC 308(4), AN SC 309(4), AN SC 310(3), AN SC 311(4), AN SC 315(3), AN SC 324(3), AN SC 327(3), AN SC 405(3), AN SC 407(3), AN SC 410(4), or AN SC 413(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (5-7 credits)
Select 5-7 credits of 400-level courses from department list
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 7-8)

Integrated B.S. in Animal Science and Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology

Qualified students should formally apply to the Master of Biotechnology degree when they have earned a minimum of 75 credits in their B.S. curriculum. To make sure students finish within the shortest time-to-degree, students intending to apply to the integrated program will be closely mentored by their respective undergraduate program coordinators to guide their progress through their B.S. curriculum. The undergraduate program coordinators will be directly consulted by the Director of the Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology program regarding admission of a student applicant to the Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology program.

Students admitted to the integrated program will follow their undergraduate curriculum until the beginning of their fourth year, at which time, they start taking courses required for the Master of Biotechnology degree. In the summer following the Spring semester of their fourth year, students will participate in off-campus internships and have the option of either continuing at their off-campus location for their research project in the following Fall semester, or coming back to campus to do a research project. The final Spring semester will be devoted to completing the course and credit requirements for the Master of Biotechnology degree. As designed, students can opt to graduate with a B.S. degree at the end of the Spring semester of their 4th year, when they should have completed the credit requirements of the B.S. degree program (124 credits). The following table outlines the program of study for students in this program:

Year
Semester
B.S. Animal Science
(124 credits required)
credits completed
I
Fall
15
 
Spring
16
II
Fall
15.5
 
Spring
16
III
Fall
15
 
Spring
15.5
IV
Fall
15*
 
Spring
16*
Total credits for B.S.
124


* The following courses to be taken in these semesters will be cross-counted towards the B.S. and Master of Biotechnology. degrees:
BIOTC 479. Methods in Biofermentation OR CH E 409 (3 credits)
B M B 400. Molecular Biology of the Gene (2-3 credits)
IBIOS 571. Current Issues in Biotechnology (2 credits)
IBIOS 591. Ethics in the Life Sciences (1 credit)
IBIOS 593. Molecular Biology Laboratory (3 credits)

Total credits cross-counted in B.S. and Master of Biotechnology degrees
12 credits, 6 of which are 500-level credits
Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology (30 credits required, 18 of which must be 500-level)
IV Summer IBIOS 595 or equivalent in AN SC (2 credits)
Internship
V Fall IBIOS 594. Research Project (3-6 credits)
  Spring IBIOS 590. Colloquium (1 credit)
Electives, 500-level (3-6 credits)
Other graduate level electives (6 credits)
Minimum total credits earned for Summer and 5th year
18 credits, at least 12 of which are 500-level credits

Admission Requirements

Students must have a GPA of 3.5 at the time of application to the integrated degree program when they have completed at least 75 credits of their B.S. curriculum. The GRE scores normally required in the Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology program will be waived for applicants to the integrated B.S.-Master of Biotechnology degree.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013 (ANSCI); Summer Session 2006 (Integrated B.S./Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology-Grad. Degree Name Change)

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-001 (AN SC); 34-06-001 (Integrated B.S./Master of Biotechnology in Biotechnology)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Review Date: 01/15/2013

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