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Graduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

Graduate School


Animal Science (ANSC)


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This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Biological Sciences,, offers the master of science degree in animal science.

Degree Offered: M.S.

Areas of research specialization in the M.S degree in animal science include dairy cattle nutrition, mammalian physiology and pathology, reproduction, and endocrinology. Research activities utilize animal and cell culture systems to investigate nutrient metabolism and a molecular-level understanding of life processes and diseases.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the M.S. program will be expected to present recent (within five years) general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and possess a background in basic sciences appropriate for advanced study in the proposed area of specialization (for example, courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics).

Degree Requirements


M.S. in Animal Science

Animal science M.S. students must become actively engaged in a research project and gain a comprehensive understanding of animal sciences through coursework and research. This degree is for students with a strong background in basic biology, chemistry, and animal sciences who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery. This path is appropriate for students who expect to pursue additional graduate studies or professional school after graduation.

The program of study must include a minimum of 30 graduate credits and completion of a master's thesis based on a research project. Six credits of thesis research (ANSC 899) are required. No more than 4 credits of investigations (ANSC 995) can apply. A thesis committee will be appointed early in the program and consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty; one of these will be the primary mentor. Students will design a program of study in consultation with the thesis committee. Candidates will be required to pass an oral examination based on graduate courses and completed thesis.

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