Animal Science (ANSC)

110 Introduction to Animal Science (3) Fundamental principles of animal agriculture. Biological and scientific aspects of development, inheritance, and feeding. Animal products and scope of the animal industry.

119 Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory (1) Provides a laboratory experience for training students in the basic concepts of livestock production and husbandry. Students will identify major breeds of livestock, determine daily feed requirements, study basic principles of livestock anatomy and external part nomenclature, and observe basic behavioral characteristics of animals produced for food, fiber and recreation. Includes principles of animal health and welfare. Field trips to commercial production facilities. One two-hour lab. Coreq: ANSC 110

120 Basic Equitation (1) An introduction to basic horsemanship. Designed for students with limited experience in the handling of horses. Includes instruction in grooming, care of tack, saddling, bridling, and mounting. Development of basic riding skills at the walk, trot and canter.

210 Introduction to Horse Science (3) An introductory course that surveys the breeds of horses and scope of the industry. Course modules will focus on selection, feeding, disease control, breeding and reproduction, health and welfare, tack and equipment, facilities, transportation and fundamental management practices. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab.

230 Exotic and Companion Animal Management (3) A survey of the basic principles involved in the care and management of exotic and companion animal species. Particular emphasis will be on nutrition and feeding programs, breeding cycles, vaccination programs, and diseases of exotic and companion animals generally regarded as household pets.

240 Live Animal and Carcass Selection and Evaluation (3) Evaluation and selection techniques for live animals and carcasses based on economic merit. Principles of selection and grading of beef, pork, and lamb carcasses. Relationship of live animal traits to carcass merit. Presentations of oral reasons. Students representing the University in the Spring Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contests will be chosen from this course. Two three-hour labs.

260 Behavior and Welfare of Farm and Companion Animals (3) An introduction to animal behavior and welfare, and ethical issues in the animal industry. Behavioral topics will focus on the development of behavior, communication, learning, social structure: and sexual, maternal, feeding, aggressive and stereotypic behaviors in domestic farm and companion animals.. The second half of the course will focus on philosophies related to animal welfare, myths and facts, animal and human relationships, issues related to animal welfare and animal activism.

301-302 Special Problems (1,1) Individually supervised project for students showing special interest in some phase of animal science. Topics may be selected from nutrition, breeding or selection, physiology, management, or meat science. Written project outline required. Maximum of one hour applicable to concentration requirements. Taught only by arrangement prior to registration.

305-306 Practicum in Animal Science (2, 2) Application of principles of livestock management, animal nutrition and animal breeding in cooperation with Martin Agricultural Experiment Station and local private farms. Students will be required to work a minimum of six (6) hours per week under supervision of instructor and cooperating farms. Written report required. May not be substituted for any required Animal Science course. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

320 Farm Animal Health (3) Principles of etiology, pathology, symptomatology, diagnosis, and suggested treatment as applied to common viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases of livestock. Topics to be emphasized include herd immunization programs, sanitation, quarantine, herd health programs, and economic aspects of disease control. Prereq: CHEM 122 and MBIO 251.

330 Basic Meat Science (3) Principles of the science of muscle tissue and its conversion to fresh meat. Study of the anatomy and biochemistry of muscle tissue. Physiological function of muscle in the animal. Properties of fresh and processed meats. Preservation of meat and meat products and the fabrication of beef, pork, and lamb carcasses into retail cuts and selected processed cuts. Prereq: BIOL 120 and CHEM 121.

340 Basic Animal Nutrition (3) Biochemical and physiological aspects of animal nutrition including digestion, absorption, and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Nutrients, nutritive value, and utilization. Role of feed additives and growth stimulants. Students will be required to write reports and give oral presentations. Prereq: CHEM 122 and BIOL 120.

350 Applied Animal Nutrition (3) Application of the principles of nutrition to animal feeding. Feeding systems in their relationship to economic efficiency. Nutrient requirements of domestic animals and applicable ration formulation as related to nutrient availability and cost feasibility. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.

360 Breeding and Improvement of Farm Animals and Poultry (3) Application of genetic principles to breeding and improvement of farm animals and poultry. Role of selection, inbreeding, outbreeding, and crossbreeding as related to development of breeding plans for each major species of farm animals and poultry. Prereq: BIOL 110 or equivalent.

371 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals (3) The study of the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Basic principles of physiological and functional organization of nervous, endocrine, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, renal, and immune systems. Control, regulation and manipulation of organ development and function in domestic animals will be studied as it relates to improving production efficiency, maintaining health and improving animal welfare. Written reports will be required. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 110 and 120 or permission of instructor.

372 Applied Animal Reproduction (3) Anatomy and physiology and reproduction including: endocrinology, reproductive cycles, fertilization, gestation, fetal development, parturition, and lactation. Techniques for improving reproductive efficiency include: semen evaluation, artificial insemination, synchronization of ovulation, pregnancy diagnosis and embryo transfer. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 110 and 120 or permission of instructor.

380 Livestock Merchandising (3) Principles and activities involved in promoting and merchandising seedstock, including advertising, photography and ad copy layout, animal selection and preparation and utilization of performance records. Presentations by industry and breed association leaders. Includes field trips to seedstock operations and auctions. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prereq: Junior standing and permission of the instructor.

400 International Studies in Animal Agriculture (3) A study of the relationship of American animal agriculture to similar enterprises in Great Britain and other members of the European Common Market. Particular emphasis on marketing strategies for red meat and poultry products and differences in consumer attitudes. Includes field trips to production farms, processing facilities, markets and governmental agencies. Opportunity to experience and visit historical sites of interest, especially origin of common breeds of meat animals. Investigations into influence of European attitudes toward animal welfare practices and diet-health issues. Requires five-week summer study session in Great Britain for completion and credit. Enrollment by permission of instructor only. May be repeated once for credit.

401-402 (601-602) Research Participation (3, 3) Research project involving supervised independent study in a specialized area. Topics may be selected from nutrition, breeding or selection, physiology, management or meat science. Maximum of three hours applicable to concentration requirements. Presentation of written project outline and written and oral reports of results required. Taught only by arrangement prior to registration. Prereq: Senior standing, minimum GPA of 2.75.

410 (610) Beef Sciences (3) Feeding, management, and health of the beef herd. Emphasis on production records, marketing technology, and consumer affairs. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: Junior standing in Animal Science or Pre-Vet options or permission of instructor.

420 (620) Swine Science (3) Programs in breeding, feeding, management, marketing, and methods of production. Trends in production, processing, and consumption. Research results. Trips to swine farms, feeding operations, and markets. Progressive look at the swine industry focusing on management programs in areas of production including selection, breeding, feeding, health, facilities, environmental management; and strategies utilized in contracting, marketing and the value-added processing of pork. Information on consumer food preferences, current swine research, societal concerns and industry practices will be used along with trips to swine farms and related industries to reinforce best management practices in the swine industry. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab. Prereq: ANSC 350. Junior standing in Animal Science or Pre-Vet options or permission of instructor.

430 Horse Science (3) Integration of principles of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and ethology into a comprehensive, advanced program of horse production and management. Economic importance of the industry, kinds of horse enterprises, management of feed and pasture resources. Health maintenance and first aid, equine emergency relief, breeding and foaling, horse farm structures, and equine legalities will be covered. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prereq: Junior standing in Animal Science or Pre-Vet options or permission of instructor.

441-442 Advanced Meat Animal Evaluation and Livestock Selection (2, 2) Techniques of evaluation of market swine, beef cattle, and sheep. Selection of breeding animals for functional efficiency. Judging evaluation of soundness, selection and scoring of working and pleasure horses for functional efficiency. Field trips and presentation of oral reasons. Two two-hour labs. Prereq: ANSC 240 and instructor’s approval.

451 Equine Selection and Evaluation (2) Techniques related to the selection and evaluation of working and pleasure horses. Includes analysis for functional efficiency and presentation of oral reasons. Requires numerous field trips and participation in Intercollegiate Horse Judging Competitions. One three hour lab. May be repeated one time. Prereq: Permission of instructor and eligibility for intercollegiate competition.

460 (660) Dairy Science and Practices (3) Feeding, management, and health of the dairy herd. Milking management, records, marketing, sanitation requirements, equipment, field trips. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Junior standing in Animal Science or Pre-Vet options or permission of instructor.

470 Poultry Science (3) Principles of production and management of the poultry flock, including broilers, layers and turkeys. Incubation and hatchery management, brooding and rearing, houses and equipment, feeding, health, processing, marketing, breeding, records, waste management. Current research results, field trips. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prereq: Junior standing in Animal Science or Pre-Vet options or permission of instructor.