Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017
Note: Effective Spring 2016 admission to the Master of Science degree in Animal Science has been suspended.
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).
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.