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Animal Science (ANSC)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (e.g. [M2<>QB]).

1000. Intellectual Community in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. 1. [(none)<>I, L] Introduction to the field of animal and veterinary science and the purpose and philosophy of higher education. Major issues in the field will be explored through writing and class discussion. The undergraduate curriculum and career options are also discussed. (Offered Fall semester)

1010. Livestock Production. 4. Scope of industry, management of beef cattle, sheep, dairy cattle, horses, swine and poultry. Introduces breeding and genetics, reproduction and nutrition of domestic animals. Acquaints students with wool, meat, dairy and poultry products. (Normally offered fall semester)

1030. Equine Management. 3. An overview of the horse industry and proper way to manage horses. (Normally offered spring semester)

1070. Livestock Fitting and Showing. 1. Teaches fitting and showing techniques for domestic livestock. Students will have the opportunity to fit an animal of their choice and participate in the Little International Livestock Show at the Animal Science Livestock Center. (Normally offered fall semester)

2010. Domestic Animal Metabolism. 3. Integrates cellular and whole-animal metabolism through introduction to metabolic regulation. Introduces students to the nomenclature, structures and functions of cellular metabolites and vitamins. Knowledge of chemical structure will be applied to cellular reactions in various tissues of domestic animals. Ruminants and non-ruminants will be contrasted. Prerequisite: CHEM 1000. (Normally offered spring semester)

2020. Feeds and Feeding. 4. Nutrient classification and use, feed value, ration formulation and feeding domestic animals. (Normally offered spring semester)

2035. Companion Animal Nutrition. 3. Nutrition and biology of digestion of companion/pet animals. Fundamentals of nutrition and the nutrients, as well as appropriate terminology will be covered, with direct application to companion animals. Prerequisites: none. (Offered spring semester)

3010. Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals. 4. [S1<>(none)] Teaches comparative anatomy and physiology of digestion, circulation, production, reproduction and environment of farm animals. Prerequisites: LIFE 1010 and 2022 with a minimum grade of C. (Normally offered spring semester)

3100. Principles of Animal Nutrition. 3. Description of the nutrients, nutrient digestion and absorption, and nutrient function within the body of various domesticated animals. Prerequisite: CHEM 2300 or ANSC 2010. (Normally offered fall semester)

3150. Equine Nutrition and Physiology. 3. Provides general knowledge of nutrition, physiology and biochemistry of exercise and reproductive processes of equine. Prerequisite: 4 hours of biology. (Normally offered fall semester)

3250. Equine Behavior and Welfare. 3. To familiarize students with an equine interest about behavior, learning, and welfare issues associated with management and training of equine. Prerequisites: ANSC 1030, ANSC 3150.

3550. Livestock Judging. 1‑2 (Max. 6). Livestock judging only. Students representing the university in national and regional contests are selected from this course. Requires field trips. Prerequisite: 6 hours in animal science.

3555. Equine Evaluation and Selection. 2 (Max. 6). Objectively evaluate equine for performance and breeding purposes according to breed standards and or discipline. Emphasis will be placed on learning how conformation relates to overall function and longevity of equine. Competitive horse judging team criteria will be used to build organizational skills, equine terminology, and communication skills. Prerequisites: ANSC 1010 and ANSC 1030.

3560. Advanced Equine Evaluation and Selection. 2 (Max. 6). Objectively evaluate equine for halter and performance according to breed standards and or discipline. Competitive horse judging team criteria will be used to build organizational skills, equine terminology, and communication skills.  Students will compete as members of the Collegiate Horse Judging Team and represent University of Wyoming at national horse judging competitions. Prerequisites: ANSC 3555.

3650. Exploring Graduate Study in Animal Science. 1. Gives undergraduates the opportunity to explore graduate studies in Animal Science. Discussions center on graduate program searches, applications, and interviews as well as graduate student responsibilities and career possibilities. Undergraduates are paired with graduate student mentors, participate in data collection, and attend departmental seminars. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, junior standing and 3.0 GPA or higher recommended.

4050. Animal Growth and Development. 3. Explores aspects of animal growth and development, with a focus on skeletal muscle, adipose, soft connective tissues, and bone.  Addresses genetic, endocrine, nutritional, and environmental impacts on tissue development and growth. Dual listed with ANSC 5050. Prerequisite: LIFE 2022.

4061. Cell Signaling. 3. Cell signaling pathways in animal growth and development. Defines how cells respond to external stimuli.  Includes: G-protein couple signaling, calcium signaling, growth factor associated signaling, redox signaling, lipid related signaling, and apoptosis. Dual listed with ANSC 5061. Prerequisites: MOLB 3610 or an equivalent biochemistry or cell biology course. (Normally offered fall semester)

4100. Nutritional Management. 3. Integration and application of the principles of nutrition. Addresses nutrient requirements, feed composition and nutritional value, in addition to feeding management strategies for various classes of farm animals. Provides practical nutritional experience through laboratory. Dual listed with ANSC 5100. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100. (Normally offered fall semester)

4111. Equine Health and Disease. 3. To familiarize students with identification, prevention and treatment of diseases in horses through proper health management techniques. Dual listed with ANSC 5111. Cross listed with PATB 4111. Prerequisites: ANSC 1030, ANSC 3150.

4120. Principles of Mammalian Reproduction. 3. Overview of the anatomy, physiology, endocrinology and biochemistry of reproductive processes in male and female mammals. Dual listed with ANSC 5120. Prerequisite: a course in systemic anatomy and physiology/endocrinology. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

4130. Management of Reproduction. 3. Lecture-laboratory course. Introduces methods of manipulating reproduction within livestock management systems. Includes artificial insemination, diagnosis of pregnancy, induction and control of estrus and ovulation, induction of parturition, embryo transfer and control and prevention of diseases. Prerequisite: ANSC 4120. (Normally offered spring semester)

4132. Equine Reproduction. 2. Introduces methods of manipulating reproduction within equine management systems. Includes artificial insemination, diagnosis of pregnancy, induction and control of estrus and ovulation, parturition, embryo transfer, and control and prevention of equine reproductive diseases. Prerequisites: ANSC 4120 and ANSC 3150. (Normally offered spring semester)

4150. Physiology of Ruminant Digestion. 3. Anatomical structure, function and symbiotic relationship of ruminant digestive system. Dual listed with ANSC 5150. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100. (Normally offered spring semester)

4210. Wool Structures and Properties. 2. Chemical structure and reactions of wool fiber, as well as physical properties as related to structure. Prerequisite: CHEM 2300 or equivalent. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

4220. Advanced Beef Production and Management. 3. Integrates animal breeding, nutrition and reproductive physiology in beef production management schemes. Emphasizes analysis and decision making. Consists of two hours of lecture and two hours of lab, with approximately one-half of labs meeting at Animal Science Livestock Center. Prerequisites: ANSC 3100, 4120, 4540. (Normally offered spring semester)

4230. Advanced Sheep Production Management. 3. Integrates animal breeding, nutrition and reproductive physiology in sheep production management schemes. Prerequisites: ANSC 3100, 4120, 4540. (Normally offered spring semester)

4240 [3330]. Advanced Swine Production and Management. 3. Integrates animal breeding, nutrition and reproductive physiology in swine production management schemes. Consists of two hours of lecture and two hours of lab, with at least one-half of labs meeting at Animal Science Livestock Center. Prerequisites: ANSC 3100, 4120, or 4540. (Normally offered fall semester)

4250. Advanced Equine Production and Management. 3. A capstone course for students wanting to pursue a career in the equine industry with main focus on equine management. Business applications, health, facilities, and management will be explored in depth. Integrates equine breeding, nutrition, and reproductive physiology in equine production management schemes. Prerequisites: ANSC 1030 and 3150.

4260. Mammalian Endocrinology. 3. Introduces principles of endocrinology, role of endocrine systems in regulating metabolism, growth, reproduction and lactation in mammals. Dual listed with ANSC 5260. Prerequisite: ANSC 3010, ZOO 2110 or 4220. (Normally offered spring semester)

4500. Problems in Animal Science. 1‑3 (Max. 6). Provides opportunity for students to conduct supervised research in breeding, genetics, management, nutrition and physiology. Prerequisites: 6 hours in animal science and consent of instructor. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

4540. Principles of Animal Breeding. 3. [M3<>(none)] Discusses genetic principles underlying animal improvement; introductory population genetics; heritability; systems of mating; and selection. Dual listed with ANSC 5540. Prerequisites: MATH 1000 or a statistics course; LIFE 3050. (Normally offered fall semester)

4550. Internship in Animal Science. 1-8 (Max. 8). Provides opportunities to acquire experience in a field of interest to the student. Offers learning experiences that are difficult, if not impossible, to realize in classroom settings. Following off-campus educational experience, students are more able to evaluate potential career opportunities and select additional classes on-campus to complement career direction. Offered S/U grade only. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; 2.5 GPA. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

4630. Topics and Issues in Animal Science. 3. [W3<>WC] Writing-intensive course that focuses on writing projects related to current topics and issues in animal science. Emphasizes writing skills, strategies, information gathering and critical judgment. Assignments include short and long papers, resumes, letters of transmittal, and oral presentations. Prerequisites: senior standing and completion of WA and WB writing requirements. (Offered spring semester)

4700. Behavior of Domestic Animals. 2. Applied ethology emphasizing the behavioral biology of domestic and companion animals with a concentration on causes and treatments of unwanted behaviors. Ethological approaches include evolutionary, genetic, neural, and hormonal considerations. The foundations of classical and operant conditioning are discussed in relation to behavior modification techniques. Prerequisites: LIFE 2022 or equivalent; ANSC 3010.

5050. Animal Growth and Development. 3. Explores aspects of animal growth and development, with a focus on skeletal muscle, adipose, soft connective tissues, and bone. Addresses genetic, endocrine, nutritional, and environmental impacts on tissue development and growth. Dual listed with ANSC 4050. Prerequisite: LIFE 2022.

5061. Cell Signaling. 3. Cell signaling pathways in animal growth and development.  Defines how cells respond to external stimuli. Includes: G-protein couple signaling, calcium signaling, growth factor associated signaling, redox signaling, lipid related signaling, and apoptosis. Dual listed with ANSC 4061. Prerequisite: MOLB 3610 or an equivalent biochemistry or cell biology course.

5100. Nutritional Management. 3. Integration and application of the principles of nutrition. Addresses nutrient requirements, feed composition and nutritional value, in addition to feeding management strategies for various classes of farm animals. Provides practical nutritional experience through laboratory. Dual listed with ANSC 4100. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100. (Normally offered fall semester)

5111. Equine Health and Disease. 3. To familiarize students with identification, prevention and treatment of diseases in horses through proper health management techniques. Dual listed with ANSC 4111. Cross listed with PATB 5111. Prerequisites: ANSC 1030, ANSC 3150.

5120. Principles of Mammalian Reproduction. 4. In addition to attendance in the lecture component of this course, graduate students will be expected to participate in in-depth weekly discussions of the scientific literature and to prepare a research grant proposal on a specific topic. Dual listed with ANSC 4120. Prerequisite: a course in systemic anatomy and physiology or consent of instructor.

5150. Physiology of Ruminant Digestion. 3. The anatomical structure, function, and symbiotic relationship of the ruminant digestive system. Dual listed with ANSC 4150. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100.

5170. Feed and Food Analysis. 3. A lecture-laboratory course designed to provide students in animal science, food science and nutrition with instruction and hands-on experience with proximate analysis and instrumentation used for nutrient analysis of foods and feedstuffs as well as discussion of sampling, dilutions, and calculations. Cross listed with FDSC 5170. Prerequisite: 6 credits in chemistry or biochemistry, or consent of instructor.

5180. SAS Applications in Agriculture. 2. Use of PC Statistical Analysis (SAS) software for analysis of data generated using experimental designs common to the agricultural sciences. Course will emphasize applied programming and interpretation of results. Prerequisite: STAT 5080 or equivalent.

5260. Mammalian Endocrinology. 3. Introduction to the principles of endocrinology. The role of endocrine systems in regulating metabolism, growth, reproduction, and lactation in mammals are discussed. Dual listed with ANSC 4260. Prerequisite: ANSC 3010. (Normally offered spring semester)

5510. Mineral Metabolism. 3. Lectures on current mineral nutrition topics with student reports on recent journal articles. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100.

5530. Topics in Range Nutrition. 3. Lectures on current range nutrition topics with student reports on recent journal articles. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100 and consent of instructor.

5550. Investigations in Animal Nutrition. 2-3 (Max. 6). Special problems involving nutritional research with domestic or laboratory animals. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100 and consent of instructor.

5540. Principles of Animal Breeding. 3. [M3<>(none)] Discusses genetic principles underlying animal improvement; introductory population genetics; heritability; systems of mating; and selection. Dual listed with ANSC 4540.  Prerequisites: MATH 1000 or a statistics course; LIFE 3050. (Normally offered fall semester)

5620. Wool Measurement Methods. 3. Theory and practice relating to routine and standard analytical fiber measurements. Prerequisite: ANSC 3040 and STAT 2050 or consent of instructor.

5680. Wool Problems Analysis. 1-5 (Max. 10). Scientific papers on assigned topics. Prerequisite: STAT 2050.

5770. Lipid Metabolism. 3. An in-depth study of lipid metabolism and regulation of genes and enzymes involved in transport, synthesis, mobilization, and oxidation of lipids with application to ruminant and non-ruminant species as well as to humans. Cross listed with FDSC 5770. Prerequisite: ANSC 3100 or MOLB 3610 or FCSC 4145.

5780. Investigations in Animal Breeding. 1-3 (Max. 6). Assigned problems involving genetic and physiological research with domestic or laboratory animals. Prerequisite: ANSC 4550.

5790. Investigations in Animal Physiology. 2-3 (Max. 6). Special problems involving reproductive physiology or other physiology research with domestic or laboratory animals. Prerequisite: ANSC 3010, 4120 and consent of instructor.

5865. Advanced Seminar in Nutrition. 1-2 (Max. 2). Preparation and presentation of seminars on a variety of topics relating to animal nutrition, metabolism, and livestock production. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5870. Reproductive Biology Seminar. 1 (Max. 12). A graduate seminar designed to examine a variety of topics relating to the physiological processes of reproduction in mammals. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5880. Advanced Topics. 1-3 (Max. 6). Special topics will be offered based on interest of students and faculty. Credit hours are variable 1-3 and are repeatable. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5890. Advanced Seminar. 1-2 (Max. 6). Preparation, presentation, and discussion of assigned reports. Invitational lectures by visiting guests.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate status.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: Credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisites: enrolled in a graduate degree program.

5961. Graduate Project. 1-4 (Max. 4). Limited to those students enrolled in a Plan B graduate program. Students should be involved in non-course scholarly activities in support of the Plan B project.  Prerequisites: must be enrolled in Plan B program and have departmental approval.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project.  Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation.  Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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