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Department of Animal Science

Michael Day, Department Head
101 Animal Science/Molecular Biology Building
Phone: (307) 766-2224, Fax: (307) 766-2355
Website:
http://www.uwyo.edu/Anisci/

Professors:

MICHAEL L. DAY, B.S. University of Missouri 1980; M.S. University of Nebraska 1982; Ph.D. 1985; Professor of Animal Science 2015.
STEPHEN P. FORD,
B.S. Oregon State University 1971; M.S. West Virginia University 1973; Ph.D. Oregon State University 1977; Professor of Animal Science 2000.
DOUGLAS L. HIXON, B.S. University of Illinois 1968; M.S. 1970; Ph.D. 1980; Professor of Animal Science 1995, 1986; Head of Department of Animal Science 2001.
BRET W. HESS, B.S. University of Nevada, Reno 1991; M.S. 1993; Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia 1996; Professor of Ruminant Nutrition 2008, 2002.
RICHARD J. MCCORMICK, B.S. University of Connecticut 1979; M.S. 1980; Ph.D. Kansas State University 1985; Professor of Animal Science 1997, 1985.
DANIEL C. RULE, B.S. University of California, Davis 1977; M.S. 1980; M.S. Washington State University; Ph.D. Iowa State University 1984; Professor of Animal Science 1999, 1987.

Associate Professors:

BRENDA M. ALEXANDER, B.S. University of Wyoming 1986; M.S. 1988; Ph.D. 1999; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2012.
KRISTI M. CAMMACK, B.S. South Dakota State University 1999; M.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2001; Ph.D. University of Missouri Columbia 2005; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2014, 2006.
SCOTT L. LAKE, B.S. University of Nevada 1998; M.S. 2001; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2005; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2014, 2008. Extension Livestock Specialist.
PAUL A. LUDDEN,
B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1991; M.S. Purdue University 1994; Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia 1997; Associate Professor of Ruminant Nutrition 2004, 1998.
WARRIE J. MEANS, B.S. Colorado State University 1979; M.S. 1982; Ph.D. 1985; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2002, 1992.
STEVEN I. PAISLEY, B.S. University of Wyoming 1993; M.S. 1995; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 1998; Extension Beef Cattle Specialist; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2007, 2001.

Assistant Professors:

BLEDAR BISHA, D.V.M. Agricultural University of Tirana-Albania 1999; M.S. Iowa State University 2004; Ph.D. 2009; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2013.
WEI GUO, B.S. College of Science 1999; Ph.D. China Agricultural University 2004; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2013.

Academic Professional Lecturers:

CALEB BOARDMAN, B.S. Texas A&M University 2012; M.S. 2014; Academic Professional Lecturer 2015.
JENNIFER A. INGWERSON, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2005; M.S. Iowa State University 2014; Academic Professional Lecturer 2014.

Adjunct Professors:

Thomas Hansen, John Johnston, Tom McDonald, Peter Nathanielsz, Mark Nijland, Donal Skinner, D. Paul Thomas, Heywood Sawyer

Professors Emeriti:

Ray Field, Frank Hinds, Doug Hixon, Steven W. Horn, Conrad Kercher, Gary Moss, William Murdoch, Johannes Nel, Bibek Ray


The Department of Animal Science offers a variety of courses in animal and food science. The department uses modern laboratories and excellent animal facilities including a livestock teaching arena and a meat processing facility.

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Science have a combined curriculum, under Animal and Veterinary Science (ANVS). The curriculum has options in production, range livestock, business, communication, animal biology, preveterinary medicine, meat science and food technology and equine science. The curriculum leads to a wide variety of career opportunities for animal and veterinary science graduates

Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Sciences have combined their efforts to offer several degree options leading to the bachelor of science degree in animal and veterinary sciences. Courses in animal science, food science, and pathobiology are the core offerings in the various options.

Agriculture, in its broadest definition, is the nation's largest industry. Livestock production is Wyoming's largest agricultural enterprise. Animal agriculture and its associated industries offer many opportunities for the interested student. Whether a student is interested in production livestock, allied fields such as meat science, business or animal health, or wants to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, the degree tracks offered will form the basis for a challenging career in animal agriculture/biology. The various options provide maximum flexibility to meet the changing needs of students and their employers. For students interested in pursuing advanced research, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered (see the UW Graduate Bulletin for details).

Several degree options allow for specialization and graduate or professional school preparation. A brief description of each option and the educational opportunities they provide is given with the course requirements.

A grade of C or better must be earned in the following courses when the courses are required in the individual option for completion of the degree: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120, 4540, 4630; FDSC 3060, PATB 4110, 4111; LIFE 1010, 2022.

Students are encouraged to participate in activities related to their degree option. The university has livestock, horse and meats judging teams. Each team travels and participates in at least one major exposition a year. Each year, the Academic Quadrathalon competition is held, combining practical and classroom skills for students. Field trips, as practical teaching aids in many classes, are scheduled throughout the year. Internships are available to gain practical experience. Student organizations such as the Block and Bridle Club, Food Science Club, Microbiology Club, Range Club, and the Pre-vet Club provide additional educational and recreational opportunities.

Production Option

This option provides a strong background in livestock production and management. Students interested in livestock production should enroll in this option.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, or 4240; PATB 4110*
Agricultural Sciences
Required courses: FDSC 2040, 3060*; AGEC 1020, 2020; REWM 2000
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2* course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Range Livestock Option

This option emphasizes range livestock management. Students interested in the management of livestock and range resources should enroll in this option.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010*, 3100*, 2020 or 4100, 4120*, 4150, 4220, 4230 or 3150, 4540*, 4630* (COM3); PATB 4110*
Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management
Required courses: REWM 2000, 2500, 3500, 4000, 4330, 4900
Agricultural Sciences
Required courses: FDSC 2040, 3060*; AGEC 1020, 2020
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400(Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2 course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Business Option

Students desiring a strong background in business in addition to the basic courses in animal and veterinary science should enroll in this option. Graduates will be qualified for careers in the livestock agribusiness industry.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230 or 4240; PATB 4110*
Agricultural Economics and Business
Required courses: AGEC 1010, 1020, 3860 or 4880; AGEC 4050 or MGT 3210; AGEC 4060 or MKT 3210; ACCT 1010
Agricultural Sciences
Required course: FDSC 3060*
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2 course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Communication Option

Students in this option obtain a basic education in animal and veterinary science and also acquire in-depth communication skills. Students interested in careers in agriculture communications with emphasis on the livestock industry should enroll in this option.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, or 4240; PATB 4110*
Communication
Required courses: COJO 2010 (COM2), plus 14 additional credit hours in COJO
Agricultural Sciences
Required course: FDSC 3060*
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication course
ENGL 1010* (COM1)
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Animal Biology Option

This option requires more complete and stringent basic sciences. Students may complete pre-medical requirements or other pre-professional allied health requirements while completing a B.S. degree that prepares them for alternate career choices. Selected courses provide opportunity for more complete exposure in both biological sciences and pathobiology. Possible alternatives to professional schools include graduate school admission or employment by government or industry in research, promotion or sales.

Because of the variation in pre-professional requirements for different professional programs, students are encouraged to determine the specific requirements of the programs in which they are interested.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4630* (COM3); PATB 4400
Agricultural Sciences
Required courses: FDSC 3060*; MICR/MOLB 2021 or 2240; MOLB 3610 and 4100 or MOLB 4600 and 4610
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1020 (PN), 1030, 2300 or CHEM 2420 and 2440; PHYS 1110, 1120; ZOO/PSYC 3600; MATH 1400, 1405, 2200 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2 course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128***

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Meat Science and Food Technology Option

Students taking this option will have an excellent background for entering the meat industry. The food industry is the largest employer in this country and offers a wide variety of career opportunities.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010*, 3100*, 4050, 4630* (COM3); PATB 4110*
Food Science
Required courses: FDSC 1410, 2040, 3060*, 3062, 3063, 4090*, 4100, 4720*, 4771, 4772, 4773, 4774, 4900*
Agricultural Sciences 
Required course: AGEC 1020, 3860
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); Stat 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2 course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Suggested courses
FDSC 3061; FCSC 1141
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option

This option is especially designed to prepare students for application to colleges of veterinary medicine. There is a strong emphasis on the LIFEogical, biomedical and physical sciences. This curriculum is also appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate school opportunities, other professional school applications, or careers in many areas of agribusiness. A minimum of three years of formal course work is required before one can apply to a college of veterinary medicine. Students accepted before completion of their B.S. degree can transfer credits back to UW to complete their degree requirements. Wyoming does not have a college of veterinary medicine. Faculty advisers insure that students meet the variable pre-veterinary requirements for application to colleges of veterinary medicine in their home state or region.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 3010*, 3100*, 4120*;one course selected from ANSC 3150, 4220 or 4230; PATB 4110*, 4400, 4500, 4710
Agricultural Sciences
Required courses: MICR/MOLB 2021, 2220; MOLB 3610
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1020 (PN), 1030, 2420, 2400; PHYS 1110, 1120; MATH 1400 (Q), 1405 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1), a COM2* course, ANSC 4630* (COM3) or other COM3* course
Quantitative reasoning and statistics
Required courses: MATH 1400 and 1405 or 1450; STAT 2050
Suggested courses
ANSC 4050, 4132, 4150, 4260, 4540; FDSC 3060; PATB 4001, 4130, 4170, 4360; ANSC/PATB 4111
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Equine Science Option

This option provides a strong background in equine production and management.  Students interested in equine should enroll in this option.

Courses
Animal and Veterinary Science
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 1030, 3010*, 3100*, 3150*, 3250, 4120, 4132, 4250*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3); ANSC/PATB 4111*
Agricultural Sciences
Required courses: FDSC 2040; AGEC 2020; REWM 2000
Horsemanship
2 advisor/department head approved courses
Other math/science courses
Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022*, 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 or 2070
Other communication courses
ENGL 1010* (COM1) and a COM2 course
Other University Studies courses
First-Year Seminar* (FYS), 2 courses in Human Culture (H), and U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V)
Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree.
**Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 48 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Agriculture Education with Concurrent Major in Animal and Veterinary Science

This program consists of 128 total hours. Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and minimum 2.5 content GPA required. This major will be advised in the College of Education with a secondary adviser in Animal Science. Refer to the College of Education for specific curriculum requirements.

Undergraduate Minor

The Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Sciences offer a minor in animal and veterinary science for non-majors. The courses required for a minor must be taken for a letter grade and the student must receive a grade of C or better in each course. Courses required are: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120, 4540, FDSC 3060; PATB 4110 and at least one of the following: ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230. The Department of Animal Science or Veterinary Sciences undergraduate minor adviser may be contacted by students needing assistance or having questions.

Graduate Study

The Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Science offer programs leading to the M.S. (Plan A and Plan B) and Ph.D. degrees in animal and veterinary science. A M.S. degree in food science and human nutrition is offered in cooperation with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Department of Animal Science also participates in the interdisciplinary M.S./Ph.D. Reproductive Biology Program which has morphed into Biomedical Science Program.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Program - Plan A (thesis)

The student, major professor, and graduate committee determine the program of study and research project, which meets the needs of the individual student. The candidate's graduate committee should be established and functioning by the time the student has completed 12 semester hours of formal coursework. The master of science program should be approved and filed by the end of the student's second semester of graduate study in animal science. This committee shall also determine if the student is making satisfactory progress to be advanced to a candidate for a master's degree or continued in a doctoral program by the end of the student's third semester following matriculation.

The student can specialize in breeding, food science and human nutrition, nutrition, physiology, meat science, reproduction or wool for coursework and thesis/dissertation project. In addition, supporting coursework is available in agricultural economics, biochemistry, microbiology, range management, genetics, statistics, and other areas of interest to the individual. In certain cases it is possible to develop a joint research project between animal science and another department.

Students may use the research facilities and herds of beef cattle, sheep, and swine at the university livestock center near the university or at one of the university research and extension centers in the state. Research laboratories are located on campus and include a modern meat processing facility.

The Plan A program is a 30 hour program, 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research.

Master's Program - Plan B (non-thesis)

The Plan B program requires a coursework-intensive, non-thesis master of science program for those students whose career paths may not require a thesis research program.

The program requires 32 hours of coursework in addition to an acceptable non-thesis research paper as defined by the student's graduate committee.

Doctoral Program

The program requires 72 hours. Students must follow minimum Graduate requirements.

Animal Science (ANSC) Courses

Food Science Section

Food science is the application of basic sciences to the processing, quality control, storage, distribution and consumer use of food products. The microbiological, chemical and physical characteristics of foods as related to food processing and product quality are studied. Major emphasis is placed in the area of animal food products.

Food Science (FDSC) Courses

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