Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Animal Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Dennis Brink
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Animal Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Animal Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Dennis Brink

DESCRIPTION

Head: Larry Berger, Department of Animal Science, C203 Animal Sciences

Professors: Beerman, Berger, Brink, Burson, Calkins, Cupp, Erickson, Funston, Jones, Lewis, Miller, Nielsen, Purdum, Rasby

Associate Professors: Anderson, Karr-Lilienthal, Kononoff, MacDonald, Reiling, White, Wood

Assistant Professors: Burkey, Ciobanu, Drewnoski, Fernando, Luck, Morota, Petersen, Schmidt, Spangler, Sullivan, Yates

Lecturer: Jaixen

Coordinator for Undergraduate Research: Wood

General Information

The field of animal science encompasses the sciences related to animals and their contributions and interactions with humans. This program is designed particularly for students who are interested in pursuing careers associated with the livestock, poultry, meat and companion animal industries. The core curriculum gives students a balanced education in animal science, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, communications, and humanities and social sciences.

Options

Each animal science student studies a core curriculum that provides a comprehensive look at animal biological systems, use of animal products, and current issues and careers in the animal industries. In addition to the core, there are seven different options from which students can choose an area of focus which meets their own individual interests and career objectives. These options include: Animal Biology & Biotechnology; Food Animal Production & Management; Business & Communications; Companion Animal Science; Equine Science; Meat Science; and Veterinary Animal Science.

Midwest Poultry Consortium

Students interested in any aspect of poultry science or avian biology may earn up to 24 credits through the Midwest Poultry Consortium's Undergraduate Center of Excellence in Madison, WI. The credits may be applied toward an animal science degree from the University of Nebraska. Further details are available from the Department of Animal Science .

3+2 year Veterinary Medicine/Animal Science B.S. Degree

Students pursuing a DVM degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine may obtain a BS degree in animal science, granted by the University of Nebraska, upon successful completion of the first two years of the curriculum in veterinary medicine. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 90 credit hours of pre-professional courses, completed all Achievement-Centered Education course requirements and 20 credit hours in animal science courses at the University of Nebraska. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program must complete the "Application for Degree" form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss the program with their academic advisor.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Major Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for majors in animal science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the animal science options, depending on their own individual interests and career objectives.

College Integrative Courses3

AGRI 103 Introduction to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems (NRES 103)3

Departmental Requirements16

ASCI 095 Animal Science Major Orientation Seminar0

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry4

ASCI 201 Professional Development for Careers in Animal Science1

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding3

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding4

ASCI 491 Animal Science Seminar1

Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

ASCI 451 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (AGRO 445/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

ASCI 485 Animal Systems Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI 486 Animal Biological Systems (3 cr)

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8

AGRO 315 Genetics or BIOS 206 General Genetics4

NOTE: BIOS 206 requires both LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L as prerequisites.

CASNR Approved Life Sciences:4

Select from:

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab (4 cr)

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab (4 cr)

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Biology or Veterinary Option are required to take LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L.

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3) and Physics5-10

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr) & STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr); plus one from MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (4 cr) or PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr) or PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) & STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

NOTE: Proficiency at the college algebra level must be demonstrated either by a placement exam or through course work. If MATH 103 is taken instead of MATH 102, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.

NOTE: Students in the Veterinary Animal Sciences Option must take PHYS 141 as a required course for admittance to the ISU CVM.

Communications9

Oral Communications (ACE 2)3

Select from:

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (3 cr)

COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century (3 cr)

COMM 209 Public Speaking (3 cr)

COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups (3 cr)

COMM 215 Visual Communication (3 cr)

COMM 283 Interpersonal Communications (3 cr)

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr)

MRKT 257 Sales Communication (3 cr)

TMFD 121 Visual Communication & Presentation (3 cr)

NOTE: Pre-veterinary students should check that the selected course will fulfill their college of veterinary medicine admissions requirements.

Written Communications (ACE 1)3

Select from:

ENGL 150 Writing & Inquiry (3 cr)

ENGL 151 Writing & Argument (3 cr)

ENGL 254 Writing & Communities (3 cr)

JGEN 120 Basic Business Communication (3 cr)

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr)

NOTE: Pre-veterinary students should check that the selected course will fulfill their college of veterinary medicine admissions requirements.

Communications and Interpersonal Skills3

Select from: Any courses from the above listings not used to fulfill the ACE 1 or ACE 2 requirements.

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

ALEC 207 Communicating to Public Audiences (ADPR 207) (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

ALEC 350 Agriculture, the Environment, & Science in the Media (3 cr)

ALEC 480 Capstone Experience in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication (3 cr)

COMM 212 Debate (3 cr)

COMM 325 Interviewing (3 cr)

JGEN 103 Media Literacy (3 cr)

JGEN 220 Business Communication Strategies (3 cr)

MNGT 311 Leadership, Communication, & Teams (3 cr)

MNGT 365 Managing Diversity in Organizations (3 cr)

NOTE: Students completing the Business and Communications Option are required to take ALEC 202 or MNGT 311.

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 200 or ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 1413

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Experiential Learning4

Four credits of experiential learning are required for each of the Animal Science Options. Students may select the 4 credits from any combination of courses in the following list.

Internship, Extension, Research or Teaching Experience

(A pre-experience learning plan must be completed and approved before the experience begins and an oral or poster presentation is required.)

ASCI 395A Industry Experiences

ASCI 395B Extension & Services Experiences

ASCI 395D Research Experiences

ASCI 395E Undergraduate Teaching Experience

ASCI 419 Meat Investigations (FDST 419)

ASCI 490A Beef Feedlot Management

ASCI 499H Honors Thesis

GRAS 490 Internship Experience in Grazing Livestock Systems

AECN 495A Internship in Agricultural Financing & Banking

AECN 495B Internship in Food Products Marketing Management

AECN 495C Internship in Agricultural & Public Policy

EAEP 395 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Internship

Industry Study Tours

ASCI 311A Equine Industry Study Tour

ASCI 311B Meat Industry Study Tour

ASCI 311D Pork Industry Study Tour

ASCI 311E Beef Industry Study Tour**

AGRI 310 Study Tours in International Agriculture

Animal & Meat Evaluation Experience

ASCI 300A Meat Evaluation & Judging (1 cr)

ASCI 300B Livestock Evaluation & Judging (2 cr)

ASCI 300D Meat Animal Evaluation* (1 cr)

ASCI 300E Horse Evaluation & Judging (2 cr)

ASCI 400A Advanced Meat Grading & Evaluation* (2 cr)

ASCI 400B Advanced Livestock Evaluation & Judging* (2 cr)

ASCI 400E Advanced Horse Evaluation & Judging* (2 cr)

ASCI 361 Equestrian Team Horsemanship/Equitation* (1 cr)

ASCI 456 Beef Cattle Merchandising (1 cr)

ASCI 481 Beef Industry Scholars-Beef Summit (1 cr)**

ASCI 482 Beef Industry Scholars-National Beef Industry Policy (AECN 482) (1 cr)**

AGRI 388 Employment Seminar (NRES 388) (1 cr)

AGRI 389 Agricultural Concerns Seminar (1 cr)

Academic Quadrathlon with enrollment in ASCI 496 (1 cr)

*By permission or invitation only; these are intercollegiate competitive teams.

**Part of the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Minor.

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements55-60

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Also, select one of the following options

Animal Biology and Biotechnology Option

This option is designed for students considering careers that deal with basic biological principles of animals and birds. Through careful use of electives, students can develop an emphasis in genetics, growth and muscle biology, nutrition, or physiology as they establish a basic background in biological principles and develop molecular and biotechnology laboratory skills. Completion of this option provides excellent preparation for graduate study, other professional programs including medical or dental school, and many other research-based careers.

Departmental Requirements25

ASCI 210 Animal Products or ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development3

ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Select advanced courses from the following list:14

ASCI 421 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

ASCI 431 Advanced Animal Breeding (3 cr)

ASCI 441 New Techniques in Reproductive Biology (3 cr)

ASCI 432 Genome Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI 442 Endocrinology (BIOS 442) (3 cr)

ASCI 443 Physiology of Animal Cells & Tissues (3 cr)

BIOC 432 Metabolism & Biological Information (BIOS 432/CHEM 432) (3 cr)

BIOC 433 Biochemistry Lab (BIOS 433/CHEM 433) (2 cr)

BIOC 437 Research Techniques in Biochemistry (BIOS 437) (4 cr)

BIOC 442 Computational Biology (STAT 442) (3 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 440 Microbial Physiology (MBIO 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 443 Immunology (MBIO 443) (3 cr)

Natural Science26

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431)3

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 312 & BIOS 314 Microbiology & Lab4

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements51

Free Electives4-9

Students planning to apply for post-graduate or professional programs should consult their academic advisor for specific program requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Business and Communications Option

This option is designed for students considering careers with companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and other business entities that support the livestock production and processing industries. Through careful use of electives, students may receive minors in other business-related programs and develop specific expertise for positions in management, marketing, and public relations. Completion of this option provides students with a solid background in both animal science and business.

Departmental Requirements17-18

ASCI 210 Animal Products or ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development3

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals or ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Select one from the following:2-3

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation (3 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 254 Basic Swine Science (2 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

300- and 400-level ASCI Courses4

Select from: ASCI 310, ASCI 315, ASCI 321, ASCI 322, ASCI 342, ASCI 354A, ASCI 354B, ASCI 354D, ASCI 354E, ASCI 354F, ASCI 370, ASCI 410, ASCI 411, ASCI 421, ASCI 422, ASCI 431, ASCI 432, ASCI 441, ASCI 442, ASCI 443, ASCI 450, ASCI 452, ASCI 453, ASCI 454, ASCI 455, ASCI 457

NOTE: Enrollment in the Swine Science online courses, ASCI 354 A-F, requires completion of ASCI 254.

Natural Sciences8-12

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

Series I: CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II and CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I (4 hr) or CHEM 109 General Chemistry (4 hr)

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

Business Courses15

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions or ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

Select a minimum of four courses representing at least three of the following four areas:12

Finance

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis, & Tax Management

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal

ECON 303 An Introduction to Money & Banking

ENTR 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AECN 275/AGRO 275/EAEP 275/HORT 275)

ENTR 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/EAEP 388/HORT 388)

FINA 260 Personal Finance

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making

Management

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming

AECN 416 Advanced Agribusiness Management

ENTR 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management (MNGT 121)

ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Organizations (MNGT 321)

ENTR 322 Family Business (MNGT 322)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management

SCMS 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (Must meet Business Qualified prerequisites.)

Marketing

AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225)

AECN 235 Introduction to Commodity Marketing

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)

AECN 336 Grain Merchandising

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management

AECN 436 Commodity Price Forecasting

ENTR 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/EAEP 388/HORT 388)

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341) (Must meet Business Qualified prerequisites.)

MRKT 345 Market Research

MRKT 346 Marketing Channels Management (SCMS 346)

MRKT 347 Marketing Communication Strategy

MRKT 350 Marketing Information Systems

MRKT 425 Retailing Management

Law

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture

AECN 345 Policy Issues in Agriculture & Natural Resources

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445)

AECN 456 Environmental Law (NREE 456)

AECN 457 Water Law (NREE 457/WATS 457)

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society

BLAW 371 Legal Environment (Must meet Business Qualified prerequisites.)

Business Communications and Leadership6

From the Animal Science Core, Communications & Interpersonal Skills3

Select one from:

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

MNGT 311 Leadership, Communication, & Teams (3 cr)

Additional Communication & Leadership Courses3

Select one from:

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 365 Managing Diversity in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements46-51

Free Electives4-14

Students are encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for details regarding agribusiness and agricultural economics minors.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Companion Animal Science Option

Designed for students with a specific interest in companion animals. For students interested in pursuing a career in the companion animal industry, this option provides an overview of the general animal sciences in combination with concentrated study of animal behavior and human interactions along with companion animal breeding and genetics, nutrition, reproduction, care and management.

Departmental Requirements21

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals or ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

Animal Management3

Select from:

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition3

Select a minimum of 7 credits from:7

FDST 107 Introduction to the Companion Animal Food Industry (ASCI 107) (1 cr)

ASCI 171 Human-Companion Animal Interactions (2 cr)

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development (3 cr)

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition (2 cr)

ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction (2 cr)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr) & NRES 222 Ecology Laboratory (BIOS 222) (1 cr)

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management (3 cr)

Natural Sciences11-16

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

Series I: CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II and CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (8 cr)

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr) or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr) or BIOS 111 The Biology of Microorganisms (4 cr)3-4

Business Courses9

Select courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option.

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements41-46

Free Electives9-19

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Equine Science Option

Designed for students with a specific interest in the equine area. For students interested in pursuing a career in the equine industry this option provides a combination of general animal sciences with a concentrated study of equitation, evaluation, nutrition, reproduction, and management of equine.

Departmental Requirements23

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals or ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

Animal Management3

Select from:

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 260 Basic Equitation or ASCI 360 Advanced Equitation2

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Select a minimum of 7 credits from:7

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development (3 cr)

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition (2 cr)

ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction (2 cr)

ASCI 450 Horse Management3

Experiential Learning (From the Animal Science Core)0

ASCI 300E Principles of Horse Evaluation & Judging or ASCI 400E Advanced Horse Evaluation & Judging

Natural Sciences11-16

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

Series I: CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II and CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (8 cr)

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr) or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr) or BIOS 111 The Biology of Microorganisms (4 cr)3-4

Business Courses9

Select courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements43-48

Free Electives7-17

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Meat Science Option

This option is designed for students seeking careers associated with the meat and food industry, including research and product development, quality assurance, food safety, fresh meat processing, meat product manufacturing, equipment and ingredient technology, and government service. Students will build a solid foundation in product characteristics, product development, production, food safety, and marketing of fresh and processed meats.

Departmental Requirements19-20

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals or ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats3

ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development or ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction3-4

ASCI 410 Processed Meats3

ASCI 411 HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry3

Natural Sciences11-16

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

Series I: CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II and CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (8 cr)

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr) or BIOS 111 The Biology of Microorganisms (4 cr)3-4

Supporting Courses9

ASCI or FDST at 200 level or above3

Suggested courses:

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evalution (3 cr)

ASCI 213 Meat Specifications & Procurement (NUTR 213) (3 cr)

FDST 205 Food Composition & Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI or FDST at 300/400 level or above6

Suggested courses:

ASCI 300A, ASCI 300B or ASCI 300D (only one allowed for credit here) (1 cr)

ASCI 311B Meat Industry Study Tour (2 cr)

ASCI 419 Meat Investigations (1-5 cr)

FDST 301 Chemistry of Food (3 cr)

FDST 363 Heat & Mass Transfer (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372) (3 cr)

FDST 403 Food Quality Assurance (3 cr)

FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445) (3 cr)

FDST 406 Food Microbiology Lab (BIOS 446) (2 cr)

FDST 460 Food Product Development Concepts (3 cr)

Business Courses3-6

If student completes CHEM Series I:

Select two courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option (6 cr)

If student completes CHEM Series II:

Select one course from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option (3 cr)

NOTE: Experiential learning courses suggested from the following: ASCI 300A, ASCI 300D, ASCI 311B, ASCI 395A (meat section), ASCI 400A, ASCI 419

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements45-48

Free Electives7-15

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Food Animal Production and Management Option

This option is designed for students interested in careers related to the production and management of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, and swine. Although students may emphasize a particular industry or production system, the option provides a balanced study of animal nutrition, meat animal products, reproductive physiology, breeding and genetics, and business management of animal production systems. Completion of this option provides excellent preparation for those wishing to be involved in production agriculture and the abundance of allied industries that support animal agriculture.

Departmental Requirements27

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation3

ASCI 210 Animal Products or ASCI 315 Animal Growth & Development3

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals or ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

ASCI 250 Animal Management or ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management3

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

ASCI Management Courses4

Select minimum of 4 credits from:

ASCI 254 Basic Swine Science (2 cr)

ASCI 354A Swine Breeding & Gestation (1 cr)

ASCI 354B Swine Farrowing Management (1 cr)

ASCI 354D Swine Nursery Management (1 cr)

ASCI 354E Employee Management for the Swine Industry (1 cr)

ASCI 354F Swine Environment Management (1 cr)

ASCI 450 Horse Management (3 cr)

ASCI 451 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (3 cr)

ASCI 452 Poultry Management (2 cr)

ASCI 453 Dairy Management (3 cr)

ASCI 455 Beef Cow-Calf Management (2 cr)

ASCI 457 Beef Feedlot Management (2 cr)

Supporting courses6-7

Select two courses from the following:

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 cr)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 cr)

ASCI 411 HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry (3 cr)

ASCI 422 Advanced Feeding & Feed Formulation (3 cr)

ASCI 432 Genome Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI 441 New Techniques in Reproductive Biology (3 cr)

ASCI 442 Endocrinology (3 cr)

ASCI 443 Physiology of Animal Cells & Tissues (3 cr)

MSYM 342 Animal Housing Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 hrs)

AGRO 153 Soil Resources (HORT 153/SOIL 153) (4 cr)

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Pasture (RNGE 240) (3 cr)

AGRO 245 Introduction to Grassland Ecology & Management (3 cr)

AGRO 340 Range Management & Improvement (RNGE 340) (3 cr)

AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440) (3 cr)

Natural Sciences11-16

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

Series I: CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context II and CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (8 cr)

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr) or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr) or BIOS 111 The Biology of Microorganisms (4 cr)3-4

Business Courses10

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 235 Introduction to Commodity Marketing (3 cr)3

Additional Business Course3

Select from:

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis, & Tax Management

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)

AECN 336 Grain Merchandising

AECN 345 Policy Issues in Agriculture & Natural Resources

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management

Total ASCI Core Requirements60-65

Option Requirements48-54

Free Electives1-12

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Veterinary Animal Sciences Option

This option is designed for students planning a career in veterinary medicine, and provides for completion of the pre-veterinary course requirements for application to the joint University of Nebraska/Iowa State University program for the doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree. However, it can easily be adapted to meet specific requirements for other colleges of veterinary medicine. Courses in animal management, nutrition, physiology and related areas complement the foundational science courses and provide a comprehensive background for careers in veterinary medicine. Completion of the option also provides excellent preparation for graduate study or other professional programs in the biological sciences. Students admitted to veterinary college after three years of undergraduate study may earn a bachelor of science degree through a 3+2 program (three years of undergraduate study plus two years of veterinary school).

Departmental Requirements17

ASCI 210 Animal Products or ASCI 315 Annual Growth3

ASCI 340 Animal Physiological Systems4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Select one class from the following:3

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 254 Basic Swine Science (2 cr) and one course (1 cr) from the following: ASCI 354A, ASCI 354B, ASCI 354D, ASCI 354E, ASCI 354F

Additional ASCI or VBMS 400-level courses (Excluding ASCI 496 and VBMS 496)3

Natural Sciences26

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry (3 cr) or BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431) (3 cr)3

Organismic Biology4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 312 & BIOS 314 Microbiology & Lab4

From the core curriculum—math & physics (students MUST take PHYS 141)0

NOTE: PHYS 141 is a required course for admittance to most colleges of veterinary medicine, including the ISU CVM.

NOTE: Although PHYS 142 is not required for admission to the ISU CVM, it is required by other colleges of veterinary medicine including KSU.

Business Courses3

Select a course from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option

NOTE: Two writing courses (6 cr) and one oral communications course (3 cr) are required. Communications elective must be a writing course.

Select appropriate courses from listing given under “Core Requirements.”

Total ASCI Core Requirements65

Option Requirements46

Free Electives9

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Animal science requirements are the same as outlined for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Animal Science Minor (18 credits)

* For those wishing to complete the minor online, available online courses are identified with an asterisk.

Requirements for Minor18

ASCI course at 100-level3-4

Select one from:

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry (4 cr)*

ASCI 151 Introductory Companion Animal Biology (3 cr)*

ASCI 240 Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals*4

Animal Management 200-level courses2-3

Select one from:

ASCI 250 Animal Management (2-3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 254 Basic Swine Science (2 cr)*

Additional 200-level courses3

Select one from:

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation (3 cr)

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)*

ASCI 213 Meats Specifications & Procurement (3 cr)*

ASCI 260 Basic Equitation (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)*

ASCI courses at 300/400 level4-6

2 credits from experiential learning courses may be used.

300- and 400-level courses that are available online include:

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 cr)*

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition (3 cr)*

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition (2 cr)*

ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction (2 cr)*

ASCI 354A Swine Breeding & Gestation (1 cr)*

ASCI 354B Swine Farrowing Management (1 cr)*

ASCI 354D Swine Nursery Management (1 cr)*

ASCI 354E Employee Management for Swine Industry (1 cr)*

ASCI 354F Swine Environment Management (1 cr)*

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)*

ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 cr)*

ASCI 422 Advanced Feeding & Feed Formulation (3 cr)*

NOTE: Independent study courses, ASCI 399 and ASCI 496 are excluded.

Animal Science Minor (12 credits)

Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (NBIS) Minor (19-21 hrs)

The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minor is designed to develop graduates to become future leaders of the beef industry as they will:

  • Understand issues that affect beef production and have the ability to develop solutions to beef industry problems.
  • Understand interactions of the animal, plant, and social sciences affecting beef production and management.
  • Develop a unique network with leaders of the beef industry.
  • Have exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Have exceptional leadership skills.
  • Have outstanding technical knowledge in at least one area of expertixe (beef production economics, beef feedlot engineering, live beef animal and carcass evaluation, beef nutrition, beef animal physiology, meat science, genetic improvement of beef cattle, beef products, pre-veterinary animal science, range and forage science...)

The NBIS minor is inherently multidisciplinary and actively engages faculty from Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (ALEC).

NBIS Minor requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all minor related course work must be obtained in order to complete the minor.

Total Requirements19-21

ASCI 181 Beef Industry Scholars – Freshman Seminar1

ASCI 281 Beef Industry Scholars – Issues1

AECN 235 Introduction to Commodity Marketing3

ASCI 311E Beef Industry Study Tour2

ALEC 350 Agriculture, the Environment, & Science in the Media3

ASCI 381 Beef Industry Scholars – Practicum1

Internship Experience2

Select from:

ASCI 395A Experiential Learning for Career Development in Animal Sciences – Industry

ASCI 395B Experiential Learning for Career Development in Animal Sciences – Extension

GRAS 490 Internship Experience in Grazing Livestock Systems

AECN 495C Internship in Agricultural & Public Policy

ASCI 481 Beef Industry Scholars – Beef Summit1

ASCI 482 Beef Industry Scholars – National Beef Industry Policy (AECN 482)1

Elective Courses4-6

Select two courses from the following:

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 cr)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

ASCI 455 Beef Cow-Calf Management (2 cr)

ASCI 457 Beef Feedlot Management (2 cr)