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Animal Science B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120 to 124
  • Required credits within the major: 72 to 82
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The bachelor of science in animal science leads to careers in livestock production and management or one of the many allied industries, such as feed production, artificial insemination, and livestock or farm equipment support and sales. In addition, students can meet the requirements to attend graduate school or veterinary college. Coursework includes computer and communications training, sales, and business management. Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees, but students have the option of taking courses specific to their interests. Options also exist for students who wish to pursue pre-veterinary studies. Program outcomes: demonstrate competencies in dairy/livestock management; demonstrate individual communication skills; demonstrate personal problem solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills; demonstrate technology skills used for dairy/livestock management decision making and problem solving; work effectively in teams; and be able to obtain a career in the dairy/livestock industry.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Students must complete 40 upper division credits.
Animal Science Program Requirements
A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program, subplan/emphasis, and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution. Required courses - 54 credits
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science (4.0 cr)
ANSC 1101 - Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3303 - Beef Production (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
ANSC 4204 - Animal Systems Management (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
or ANSC 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Technology Requirement
Take any 3 credits from the following courses. (If applicable, the course taken from below may be used to satisfy both the program and technology requirements.)
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
or AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
or CA 1xxx
or CA 2xxx
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Animal Science
This emphasis leads graduates to careers within the livestock industry, such as production and management, feed production, artificial insemination, livestock and farm equipment support/sales, pharmaceutical sales, and veterinary technician. Students are exposed to classroom instruction and hands-on experiential learning in the laboratory. Coursework includes computer and communications training, sales training, and business management. Other required coursework is traditional to livestock degrees and may include nutrition, breeding, reproduction, evaluation, feeds, production and management, and facilities. Students can take courses specific to their interest.
Animal Science Requirements
Required courses - 18 credits
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
ANSC 1201 - Advanced Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
GNAG 3203 - Ag Products and Processing (3.0 cr)
or GNAG 3204 - International Agricultural Production, Processing, and Marketing (3.0 cr)
Agriculture Electives
Students must complete enough credits of agriculture electives (selected in consultation with their advisor) to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement. Number of credits needed will depend on LE course selections.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
The pre-veterinary medicine emphasis meets the course entry requirements for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; however, similar entry requirements among colleges of veterinary medicine, coupled with sufficient flexibility within the curriculum, allow graduates to meet the admission requirements for many other institutions. Students who graduate are well prepared to pursue their career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Students are exposed to traditional classroom instruction, as well as hands-on/experiential learning in the laboratory.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Requirements
Required courses - 28 credits
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
Agriculture Electives
Students must complete enough agriculture electives credits to meet the 124 credit graduation requirement. Number of credits needed will depend on LE course selections.
 
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ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of the meat animal, dairy, and equine industries. Emphasis on general management principles, health care, breeding, behavior, feeding, and care of dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, sheep, and swine.
ANSC 1101 - Animal Evaluation
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conformation, breed characteristics, type, and their importance in evaluation. Techniques of evaluation and interpretation of evaluation data.
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives. prereq: 1205 or 1206, Math 1031, or instructor consent
ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of qualitative genetic principles to animal breeding. Quantitative genetics. Livestock improvements through breeding/selection systems. prereq: 1004, Biol 1009
ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of digestion/metabolism to include modifications/control. Application of nutritional principles to economical feeding of different farm animal species. Nutrient requirements/modifications due to weather, stress, feeding objectives, environment, and metabolic limitations. Computer formulation of rations. prereq: 2104, [CHEM 1401 or [CHEM 3021 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3021]]
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomy/physiology of several species. Organization of body from cells into tissues/organs. Identification, comparison, and contrast of different species. Growth development/function of selected bodily systems. prereq: 1004, Biol 1009
ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Growth/development of dairy cattle. Genetics/breeding, dairy nutrition, growth/development of heifer to first calving. Getting cows into production and their subsequent management, including milking management skills. prereq: 1205 or 1206, 2104
ANSC 3303 - Beef Production
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of technology and information to systems of managing beef operations. Incorporation of economics, farm management, records, and production science in management plans. Computer applications in management. prereq: AnSc 1205 or 1206, 2104
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Functions of reproductive organs, fertilization, the estrous cycle and its endocrine control, reproductive efficiency and problems, principles of artificial insemination. Anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the mammary gland; mammary growth; initiation of and maintenance of lactation. Milk synthesis and factors influencing the lactation curve. prereq: 3203
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts of health and disease with emphasis on prevention through health plans and enhancing immunity. Influence of environment and other stressors on health and disease. prereq: 3203
ANSC 4204 - Animal Systems Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Planning, budgeting (cash, feed, machinery, etc.), and implementing programs; facilities; labor force; and other factors required for operation of modern animal operations. Field trips, planning for existing operations. prereq: 1205 or 1206, 3004, 3204 or 3303 or instructor consent
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental principles of microbiology. Bacterial metabolism, growth, and genetics. Biology of viruses/fungi. Microorganisms and disease. Applied microbiology. prereq: Biol 1009 or 1009H or 2103, Chem 1001 or 1021
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic principles of Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics. Computer simulations/models used to study aberrations and their implications. prereq: Biol 1009, Chem 1021 or 1401, Math 1031 or 1131 or 1150
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3900 - Internship
Credits: 0.5 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in agricultural business, governmental agency. Report/consultation with faculty advisor/employer. prereq: 3899, [soph or sr]
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Student who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: GnAg 3900
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of current literature. Preparation/delivery of special topics. Preparation of abstracts, papers, and visual aids. Evaluation of seminars. Use of library and other resources, including computer information search. Use of new technology. prereq: Sr or instructor consent
ANSC 1205 - Beef and Dairy Production Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills necessary for successful/economical beef and dairy production.
ANSC 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills necessary for successful/economical sheep/swine production.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic economic principles of pricing, resource allocation, consumption. Supply/demand, cost of production, consumer behavior. Competition/influences of market structure. prereq: Math 0991 or 2 yrs high school algebra or equiv
MATH 1031 - College Algebra (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic algebraic operations, linear/quadratic equations/inequalities, variation. Functions/graphs. Theory of equations. Exponential/logarithmic functions. Systems of equations. Mathmatical modeling/applications. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Applied course in record keeping. Use of computerized system to record business transactions; manage agricultural inventories, receivables, payables, and payroll; and generate coordinated financial statements.
AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students learn to prepare cash flow budgets, prepare enterprise reports for analysis, prepare and interpret Farm Financial Standards reports, and learn about the connection between production field and/or livestock records and financial records using a computer software program specific to agriculture. prereq: 2310
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of farm accounting. Financial/income statements, cash flow statements, depreciation methods, farm income tax, enterprise analysis, farm management decision making, budgeting/planning, computer analysis of farm business. prereq: 2310 or Acct 2102
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop commodity marketing plan for grain or livestock farming operations. Topics include cash markets, grid pricing, grade premiums/discounts, contracting, crop/livestock insurance, and futures/options.
ANSC 1201 - Advanced Animal Evaluation
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced techniques in evaluating and selecting dairy or beef cattle, sheep, and swine. Preparing and delivering oral reasons. prereq: 1101
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organic chemistry as applied to important biochemical molecules. prereq: 1001 or 1022
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who do not need professional-level general chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, behavior of gases, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process, nuclear processes, introduction to organic and biochemistry. prereq: High school algebra, high school chem
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of inorganic chemistry, atomic theory/structure, periodicity of elements. Basic rules of oxidation/chemical combination. Molecular structure (hybridization, molecular orbitals). Thermochemistry, gases, solution process, colligative properties. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1001
GNAG 3203 - Ag Products and Processing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Survey of raw agricultural products produced in Upper Midwest. Transport, processing, packaging, wholesale/retail distribution and sales. Quality factors, food laws/regulations, sanitation, food safety, environmental concerns. prereq: Jr
GNAG 3204 - International Agricultural Production, Processing, and Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of international agricultural production. Transport, processing, packaging, wholesale/retail distribution, marketing. Quality factors, food laws/regulations, sanitation, food safety, and environmental concerns.
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major animal groups (phyla). Applications of morphological, physiological, and developmental characteristics to define evolutionary relationships. Parasitic forms affecting human welfare. Lab requires dissection, including mammals. prereq: 1009
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of inorganic chemistry, atomic theory/structure, periodicity of elements. Basic rules of oxidation/chemical combination. Molecular structure (hybridization, molecular orbitals). Thermochemistry, gases, solution process, colligative properties. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Behavior of gases, thermodynamics, properties of solutions, solution equilibria, oxidation/reduction reactions. Rigorous course. Develops chemical foundations required in some agriculture, environmental, preprofessional programs. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory (PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1001
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic laboratory skills. Investigating physical/chemical phenomena associated with lecture material. Experimental design, data collection/treatment, discussion of errors, proper treatment of hazardous wastes. prereq: 1061 minimum C- grade, 1065
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Important classes of organic compounds, their structures/reactions. Relation between structure, reactivity, and properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: 1062, 1066, concurrent enrollment in 2310
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Laboratory techniques in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 2301
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of biochemistry. Structure/function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Metabolism, regulation of metabolism. Quantitative treatments of chemistry equilibria, enzyme catalysis, and bioenergetics. Chemistry basis of genetic information. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [2301 or consent of instructor], BIOL 1009
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Motion, forces, torque, momentum, energy, thermal energy/heat. Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II (PHYS SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Second of two-semester sequence. Algebra-based introduction to physics and physics problem solving. Vibrations, light, sound, electricity, magnetism. Selected modern physics topics (e.g., radiation). Topics presented in applied context. prereq: Math 1031, Phys 1101