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Animal Science Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 25 to 26
The animal science minor allows students to attain valuable information with regard to the essentials of livestock (meat) and dairy production principles. Students earning this minor are trained for careers in areas such as ranching, herdsmen, dairymen, and other allied industry positions.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Animal Science Minor
Take exactly 8 course(s) totaling 25 - 26 credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 1101 - Animal Evaluation (1.0 cr)
· ANSC 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques (2.0 cr)
· ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3304 - Reproductive Physiology (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
· Choose one of the following:
· ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
or ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection (3.0 cr)
· Choose one of the following:
· ANSC 3204 - Dairy Production (4.0 cr)
or ANSC 3303 - Beef Production (4.0 cr)
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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 1206 - Sheep and Swine Production Techniques
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills necessary for successful/economical sheep/swine production.
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. Recommended prereq: ANSC 1004
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. Enforced prereq: BIOL 1009 or BIOL 1009H
ANSC 3304 - Reproductive Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore reproduction in livestock including anatomy, endocrinology, estrous cycle, fertilization, gestation, parturition, and lactation. Application of ultrasound techniques, palpation, heat detection, synchronization, artificial insemination, and birthing assistance. Enforced prereq: ANSC 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 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. Recommended prereq: Math 1031
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. Recommended prereq: ANSC 1004, Biol 3022
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. Enforced prereq: ANSC 2104 Recommended prereq: CHEM 1401, 3021
ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ASM 3005/BM 3005
Prerequisites: 1034, Math 1031
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Planning facility design. Selecting materials/equipment used in manufacturing and production operations. prereq: 1034, Math 1031
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. Recommended prereq: ANSC 2104
ANSC 3303 - Beef Production
Credits: 4.0 [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: 2104