2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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Animal Science (B.S.) - Science Specialization



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Rosie Nold, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head
Department of Animal Science
Animal Science Complex 116
605-688-5459

Program Information

The Animal Science program provides instruction in animal breeding, feeding and nutrition, management, selection and evaluation, marketing, meats, and wool. The specialization allows students to focus their studies on the science of genetics, nutrition, physiology, and meats as they affect production and management of livestock and meat animal products.

Program courses pertain to beef cattle, horses, sheep, and swine and the applications of various disciplines to the breeding, feeding, management, and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Students interested in Veterinary medicine may supplement this program of study with the (Pre-) Veterinary Medicine  curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Animal Science major with a Science Specialization, students will:

  • acquire knowledge of the core sciences and best management practices that are the foundation of animal science and husbandry;
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills using a variety of mediums and with various audience types;
  • demonstrate the ability to function as an effective member of a team;
  • develop fact-based comparisons of both sides of contemporary issues that impact diversity, inclusion, equity, and professional ethics as related to animal agriculture; and
  • interpret, critically evaluate, and apply information in order to recognize problems and create solutions.

Course Delivery Format

The Animal Science program provides hands-on experiences in the classroom, laboratories, field trips, and at the livestock teaching units.

Requirements for Animal Science Major - Science Specialization: 120 Credits


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

System General Education Requirements


College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements


Bachelor of Science Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1  courses. Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.

System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.

Experiential Learning Requirement


Select from the following. Credits: 1-3

Capstone Requirements


Select from the following. Credits: 6
*One course must be AS 474-474L, AS 475-475L, AS 476-476L, AS 477-477L, or AS 478-478L.

Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

System General Education Requirements 33-34 Credit Hours
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements* 11 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 76-78 Credit Hours
Electives** 8-11 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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