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Department of Animal Science

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

Professors:

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.
GARY E. MOSS, B.S. Montana State University 1969; M.S. 1972; Ph.D. Washington State University 1977; Professor of Animal Science 1994, 1985.
WILLIAM J. MURDOCH, B.S. Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture 1975; M.S. West Virginia University 1977; Ph.D. 1980; Professor of Animal Science 1991, 1980.
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.
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.
ROBERT H. STOBART, B.S. Montana State University 1971; M.S. 1976; Ph.D. Texas A&M University 1982; Associate Professor of Animal Science 1988, 1982.

Assistant Professors:

KRISTI M. CAMMACK, B.S. South Dakota State University 1999; M.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2001; Ph.D. University of Missouri Columbia 2005; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2012, 2006.
SCOTT L. LAKE, B.S. University of Nevada 1998; M.S. 2001; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2005; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2012, 2008.
ALLISON M. MEYER, B.S. Michigan State University 2005; M.S. University of Missouri 2007; Ph.D. North Dakota State University 2011; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2011.
MEIJUN ZHU, B.S. China Agricultural University 1991; M.S. 1994; Ph.D. Iowa State University 2004; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2012, 2008.

Assistant Lecturer:

Amy K. McLean

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, Steven W. Horn, Conrad Kercher, Johannes Nel, Bibek Ray


The Department of Animal Science offers a variety of courses in animal and food science. The department has 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. 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, 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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100, 4100, 4120, 4540 and 2 courses selected from 3150, 4220, 4230; PATB 4110.
37
Agricultural sciences
Required courses: FDSC 2040 and 3060
10
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022, 3050
12
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000, 2300 or ANSC 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics or computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400 or 1450; plus at least one course in statistics or computer science (including AGRI 1010)
8-10
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB, ANSC 4630 (WC) and COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health 1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
4
Electives to total
Suggested courses: AGEC 2020, AGEC 4640
128

Range Livestock Option

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

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100, 2020 or 4100, 4120, 4540, 4220, 4230 or 3150, 4150; PATB 4110
32
Rangeland ecology and watershed management
Required courses: REWM 2000, 2500, 3500, 4000, 4330, 4900
17
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022, and 3050
12
Agricultural sciences
Required courses: AGEC 2020, FDSC 2040, 3060
11
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000; CHEM 2300 or 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics or computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400 or 1450; plus at least one course in statistics or computer science (including AGRI 1010)
8-10
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB; ANSC 4630 (WC) and COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
4
Physical Activity and Health1
Electives to total
Suggested AECL 2010; REWM 4530, 4850; AGEC 4640
128

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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100, 2020 or 4100, 4120, 4540 and two courses selected from 3150, 4220, 4230 or 4240; PATB 4110
32
Agricultural economics and business courses
AGEC 1010, 1020, 3860 or 4880, 4050, 4060;
ACCT 2010
27
Agricultural sciences
Required courses: FDSC 3060
3
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022 and 3050
12
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000; 2300 or ANSC 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics or computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400 or 1450;
STAT 2050; plus 2 additional hours in math, statistics, or computer science (including AGRI 1010)
8-10
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB; ANSC 4630 (WC)  and COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
4
Electives to total128

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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100, 2020 or 4100, 4120, 4540 and two courses selected from 3150, 4220, or 4230; PATB 4110
32
Agricultural sciences
Required courses: FDSC 3060
18
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022, and 3050
12
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000; CHEM 2300 or ANSC 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics or computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400 or 1450; plus
at least one course in statistics or computer science
8-10
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB; ANSC 4630 (WC) and COJO 1010 plus 14 additional credit hours in COJO.
26
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
4
Electives to total128

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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100, 4120; PATB 4400,
Suggested courses: ANSC 4100, 4540, 4260; PATB 4110, 4500, 4140, 4710
30
Agricultural sciences
FDSC 3060
4
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022, 3050; MICR 2240 or MOLB 2210; PSYC 3600; Suggested courses: LIFE 3600, ZOO 4140, ZOO 4340
18-20
Physical and chemical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1020, 1030, 2300 (or 2420, 2440);
PHYS 1110, 1120; MOLB 3610 and 4100/ 4105 or 4600/ 4610
28-34
Quantitative reasoning, statistics and computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400/ 1405 or 1450, 2220; STAT 2050;
Students lacking basic skills with personal computers are encouraged
to enroll in COSC 1200
13-14
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB;  ANSC 4630 (WC) and  COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
4
Electives to total
Suggested courses: ANSC 4100, 4150, 4260, 4540, PATB 4100, 4500, 4140, 4710
128

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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010, 3100 or FCSC 4145; PATB 4110
14
Food science
FDSC 1410, 2040, 3060, 4090, 4100, 4720, 4800, 4810
28
Agricultural Economics/Business
Required course: AGEC 1020, 3860
12
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2020; MOLB 2210 or MICR 2240
12-13
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000; CHEM 2300 or 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics, computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400; STAT 2050
7
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB;  ANSC 4630 (WC) and  COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
7-8
Electives to total
Suggested courses: PHYS 1050, MOLB 3610, FDSC 4900, FCSC 4145
128

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option

http://www.uwyo.edu/VETSCI/INDEX.HTM

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.

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120 and one course selected from 3150, 4220, and 4230; PATB 4110 and 4400, 4500 and 4710
26
Agricultural sciences
Required courses: MOLB 2210 or MICR 2240
4-5
Biological Sciences
LIFE 1010, 2022, 3050
12
Chemistry and physics
Required courses: CHEM 1020, 1030, 2300; MOLB 3610, 4100, 4105 or CHEM 1020, 1030, 2420, 2440; MOLB 3610; PHYS 1110, 1120 or 1050
24-28
Quantitative reasoning and statistics
Required courses: MATH 1400 and 1405 or 1450; STAT 2050
9-10
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB, WC ( ANSC 4630 recommended), and  COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
U.S. Diversity, Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I); remainder see University Studies Program
7-8
Electives to total
Suggested courses: ANSC 4100, 4150, 4260, 4540, LIFE 4600, ZOO 4140, 4340; FDSC 3060
128

Equine Science Option

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

CoursesHours
Animal and veterinary sciences
Required courses: ANSC 1010, 1030, 3010, 3100, 3150, 3250, 4120, 4250, 4540; PATB 4111
33
Agricultural sciences
FDSC 2040, AGEC 2020 and REWM 2000
10
Horsemanship, 2 courses4
Biological sciences
Required courses: LIFE 1010, 2022, 3050
12
Physical sciences
Required courses: CHEM 1000; CHEM 2300 or ANSC 2010
7-8
Quantitative reasoning, statistics, computer science
Required courses: MATH 1400 or 1450; STAT 2050
7-9
Written and Oral Communication skills
Required courses: WA, WB; ANSC 4630 (WC) and COJO 1010
12
Cultural Context
See University Studies Program
9
U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions
See University Studies Program
3
Global Awareness
See University Studies Program
3
Physical Activity and Health1
Diversity3
Information Literacy and Intellectual Community
Required: ANSC 1000 (I,L)
1
Electives to total
Suggested courses: ANSC 3555, 3560, 4050, 4550, 4700
128

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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