ANIMAL SCIENCE

The animal science curriculum is designed to enable students to obtain selective training in preparation for careers in animal agriculture and its related industries. It provides a comprehensive program in animal nutrition, breeding, selection and performance evaluation, marketing, herd health, management and product technology. The program is made possible by classroom instruction, use of Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station research facilities, and field trips to commercial farms, ranches, businesses, and processing facilities. Through selection of one of several program options, a student may, according to individual interests, pursue programs in production and management, biotechnology, veterinary science or food technology. This is made possible by completing certain course requirements, common to all options, and a particular combination of suggested courses that will contribute to a more specialized area of animal agriculture. Excellent employment opportunities exist for such diversified career fields as: general farming or ranching; commercial farm or ranch management; federal or state agencies such as the Agricultural Extension Service, the United States Department of Agriculture (including market news reporting, commodity grading, quality assurance, processing technology, compliance, and research); commercial feed formulation, processing and sales; animal health product development and sales; technical services; agricultural finance; farm and animal handling equipment sales and service; agricultural communication; product promotion and consumer affairs; and any agribusiness related to animal agriculture. A large number of animal science graduates pursue post-graduate training in professional schools (law, medicine, veterinary medicine) and in graduate studies leading to advanced degrees in preparation for careers in teaching and research in all fields of animal science and related industries.

Degree Requirements:
All students electing to concentrate in animal science must complete the following course requirements common to all options:

Courses

Agric 441 3 Hours
Ag ET 110 3 Hours
An Sci 330, 340, 360 9 Hours
Biol 110-120 8 Hours
Chem 121, 122 8 Hours
Comm 230 3 Hours
Comp Sc 201 3 Hours
Econ 201 3 Hours
Eng 111, 112 6 Hours
Humanities electives (Note 1) 6-9 Hours
Math 140 or 185, 210 or 25l, 252 6, 7 or 8 Hours
Social Science electives 6-9 Hours
Total Core Hours 67, 68 or 69 Hours
NOTE 1: Must include at least three (3) semester hours of a writing elective (Eng 280 or 305 suggested).

Options for Animal Science

In addition to the above listed common course requirements, students may elect to pursue specialized training from among options offered in: (1) production and management, (2) animal biotechnology, or (3) food technology.

Production and Management Option

This option is designed to meet the general education requirements for those students desiring a career field in animal production, management, animal related agribusinesses, or any other animal industry related career field.

Courses

An Sci 220, 350, 371, 372 ...12 Hours
Agric or An Sci electives (Note 2) 6 Hours
Ag Econ electives 6 Hours
Ag ET elective 3 Hours
Chem 310, 319L 4 Hours
Micro 251 or 310 4 Hours
Pl Sci 422, 433 6 Hours
Soil Sci 210 4 Hours
Zool 325 or 440 3 or 4 Hours
Restricted electives (Note 3) 8 Hours
General electives 6-9 Hours
Option Total 63, 64 or 65 Hours
Total for B.S. Degree 132

NOTE 2: May include any 400 level Agric or An Sci course except Agric 420 or An Sci 401, 402.
NOTE 3: May include any course offered in School of Agriculture and Human Environment.
Food Technology Option

This option is designed to prepare students to pursue a career in any field related to the processing and marketing of animal products or the allied service industry. Emphasis is placed on courses in food chemistry, food microbiology and processing and packaging technology.

Courses

Agric 335, 430 5 Hours
Ag ET 310 3 Hours
Chem 310, 319L, 312 8 Hours
Econ 202 3 Hours
Fd Sci 332,403 6 Hours
Micro 251 or 310, 410 8 Hours
Nutr 322 3 Hours
Phys 211, 201L 4 Hours
Agric/Fd Sci/Nutr electives 13 Hours
General electives 10 or 12 Hours
Option Total 63, 64 or 65 Hours
Total for B.S. Degree 132

Animal Biotechnology Option

This option is designed for students interested in a more basic science approach to animal agriculture. Completion of this option will best prepare students interested in post-baccalaureate studies in any major field of animal science such as animal nutrition, animal breeding (genetics), reproductive physiology, veterinary medicine or food technology. Completion of this option meets requirement for admission to most Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.

Courses

An Sci 110, 220, 350, 371, 372 15 Hours
Agric or An Sci electives (Note 2) 6 Hours
Biochem 411, 412 6 Hours
Biol 330 or Math 310 (Note 4) 3 or 4 Hours
Chem 341, 342 8 Hours
Micro 251 or 310 4 Hours
Phys 211, 201L, 212, 202L 8 Hours
Zool 440 4 Hours
Restricted electives (Note 3) 6 Hours
General electives 3-5 Hours
Option Total 63, 64 or 65 Hours
Total for B S Degree 132

NOTE 2: May include any 400 level Agric or An Sci course except Agric 420 or An Sci 401, 402.
NOTE 3: May include any course offered in School of Agriculture and Human Environment.
NOTE 4: Biology 330 required for Pre-Veterinary Medicine requirements, Math 310 suggested for graduate school candidates interested in animal breeding genetics.


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