Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science offers two graduate degrees: Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.S. degree may be awarded either as a thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis degree (Plan B). The Animal Science department is diverse, with a large variety of student and faculty interests. As a result, each student’s program is quite flexible, and is shaped by the student in consultation with their major advisor and Graduate Advisory Committee. Courses elected shall be consistent with the student’s objectives and related to the field in which the degree is to be taken. The M.S. degree in Animal Science offers students the opportunity to emphasize study in animal behavior, genetics, regenerative biology, food science, microbiology, nutrition, growth, physiology of lactation, physiology of reproduction, or production management. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Animal Science offers several areas of concentration 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.

Requirements. The M.S. and the Ph.D. requirements in Animal Science conform to the Graduate School requirements. The Ph.D. in Animal Science has a related area or foreign language requirement. Both degrees have specific course requirements described below. Additional course requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science are determined by the student’s advisory committee consistent with the minimum requirements specified by the Graduate School.

Plan A (Research/Thesis) M.S. in Animal Science

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, of which a minimum of 18 credits must include formal coursework, and a minimum of nine credits must include GRAD 5950 or 5960. The formal coursework cannot include ANSC 5692 or 5699.

Required Courses. ANSC 5694 and 5693. The plan of study shall consist largely of courses at the 5000 level or above. No more than six credits of coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level may be counted towards the degree.

Final Exam and Thesis Defense. Students must defend their thesis at a public seminar. The defense must be completed no later than one year after completion of coursework or the thesis. Following the presentation, the Advisory Committee will administer a final examination. The format of this examination is at the discretion of the Major Advisor/Advisory Committee, and its purpose is to assess the student’s understanding of the area that they have emphasized, their research, and their thesis.

Publication. Students must submit at least one first-author manuscript, suitable for publication, to their Major Advisor before defending their thesis. In some circumstances, the Major Advisor, in consultation with the Advisory Committee, may modify or waive this requirement.

Plan B (Non-thesis) M.S. in Animal Science

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, of which a minimum of 24 credits must include formal coursework, and a minimum of four credits must include ANSC 5692 or 5699. The research component of the Plan B program can involve library research, assistance on laboratory-based projects, computer or data analysis, or any form of scholarly activity approved by the Major Advisor and the Advisory Committee.

Required Courses. ANSC 5694. No more than six credits of coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level may be counted towards the degree.

Ph.D. in Animal Science

Each Ph.D. plan of study must include 30 credits of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, or at least 15 credits beyond the master’s degree or other advanced degree in the same or a closely related field of study, not including credits for foreign language or those substituted for foreign language requirements prescribed by the Graduate School.

Required Courses. Ph.D. students must complete one credit of ANSC 5693 and two credits of ANSC 5694. Students who have previously completed one credit of ANSC 5693 are exempt from that requirement. Animal Science Ph. D. students must successfully complete at least one related area or demonstrated reading proficiency of at least one appropriate language other than English as prescribed by the Graduate School. In addition to course work, satisfactory completion of at least 15-credits of GRAD 6950 or 6960.

General Exam. Ph.D. students must sit for General Exams no later than eight months prior to the Doctoral Dissertation Defense.

Dissertation Proposal. Each student must submit a dissertation proposal. The written dissertation proposal must first be approved by the Advisory Committee, then two copies must be submitted to the Department Head at least two weeks in advance of the dissertation proposal defense for external review. A public presentation of the student’s research dissertation proposal is to be held prior to final approval. The dissertation proposal should be submitted to the Graduate School for final approval by the time the student has completed the ninth credit of GRAD 6950 or 6960. Approval must occur no later than eight months in advance of the Doctoral Dissertation Defense.

Final Exam and Doctoral Dissertation Defense. Students must defend their dissertation at a well- advertised, public seminar. Following the presentation, the Advisory Committee will administer a final examination. The format of this examination is at the discretion of the Major Advisor/Advisory Committee, and its purpose is to assess the student’s understanding of the area that they have emphasized, their research, and their dissertation.

Publication. Students must submit at least one first-author, full-length manuscript, suitable for publication, to their Major Advisor before defending their dissertation. This requirement does not include reviews, abstracts, or technical papers. In some circumstances, the Major Advisor, in consultation with the Advisory Committee, may modify or waive this requirement.

The programs are offered by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.