Department Of Animal Science
The Department of Animal Science offers programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Animal Science or Food Science.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree may also be obtained in Animal Science or Food Science.
Additionally, a Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) degree in Animal Science is offered which is not a research oriented degree. The M.Ag. degree is considered a “terminal” degree, designed for students who want to advance in agricultural careers that do not usually offer advantages or incentives for acquiring a doctorate.
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Course of Study
The Plan of Study for each degree program is determined by the student and his/her advisory committee. In the M.S. degree programs, students are expected to take courses in areas that support their discipline or interest, that are above and beyond the courses normally required for a B.S. degree in that major or closely related major. For the Ph.D. degree, students take courses related to their major that are beyond those for the M.S. degree. The emphasis is usually on research at the Ph.D. level.
The Department of Animal Science owns large herds of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and swine, and large flocks of poultry. In addition to the livestock facilities, the Department has a modern facility for processing meat and milk products. The Animal Science building and the Noble Research Center contain well-equipped laboratories devoted to research efforts of the faculty and graduate students.