Animal Science

Department Head

Professor Steven Zinn


Andrew, Darre, Faustman, Tian, and Venkitanarayanan

Associate Professor

Govoni, Kazmer, Mancini, Milvae, Nadeau

Assistant Professors

Amalaradjou, D’Amico, Reed, Tang

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in Animal Science with supportive instruction in biochemistry, embryology, endocrinology, food microbiology, growth physiology, lactation physiology, reproductive physiology, biology, nutrition, statistics, stem cell biology, and related fields. All prospective students should have a strong academic background in the biological sciences

The Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Animal Science. Several areas of concentration are offered within the Animal Science Field of Study including: Animal Genetics and Regenerative Biology, Growth and Reproductive Physiology, Animal Nutrition, and Food Microbiology and Safety. The Ph.D. degree requires demonstrated capabilities for conducting independent research plus related scholarly attributes. Each Ph.D. plan of study must include 44 to 48 credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree, not including credits for foreign language or those substituted for foreign language requirements prescribed by the Graduate School.

The M.S. Program

The M.S. degree offers students the opportunity to emphasize study in animal behavior, food science, food microbiology, functional genomics, nutrition, growth physiology, lactation physiology, reproductive physiology, muscle biology, endocrinology, and production management within Animal Science. Master of Science students are required to conduct thesis research (Plan A) or attain a comprehensive understanding in one of the above outlined areas (Plan B). Plan A programs of study must include a minimum of 15 credits of formal course work exclusive of research. Plan B programs of study must include a minimum of 24 credits of formal course work of which at least two, but not more than four credits, shall be a special research project. Additional specialization may be attained by focusing on dairy or beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, companion or aquatic animals or their products.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the credit requirements indicated above, M.S. and Ph.D. students must complete one credit of ANSC 5693 (Graduate Presentation Skills). In addition, M.S. (Plan A) students must complete one credit of ANSC 5694 (Animal Science Seminar), while Ph.D. students must complete two credits of ANSC 5694. M.S. (Plan B) students are exempt from the ANSC 5694 requirement. All graduate students receiving assistantship support are required to assist with the teaching of 1 course per year of enrollment as part of their professional development.


In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, all applicants are required to submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations, three letters of recommendation, and a Personal Statement. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to read the Department of Animal Science Web pages before applying.

Special Facilities

Modern and extensive laboratory capabilities exist for the support of graduate student research in animal science, reproductive physiology, molecular genetics, stem cell biology, food microbiology, and animal food products. Special laboratory facilities include eight modern endocrinology, physiology, microbiology, and molecular genetic laboratories; meat lab; dairy manufacturing plant, and numerous modern field laboratories.

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