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Animal Sciences M.S.

Animal Science
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Contact Information
Department of Animal Science, 305 Haecker Hall, 1364 Eckles Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 (612-624-3491; fax: 612-625-5789)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Students in the Animal Sciences M.S. concentrate on one of the animal sciences emphasis areas: genetics; growth biology; nutrition; physiology; or production systems. Students have the option of tailoring their individual programs to include study in more than one emphasis area.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project requires approximately 120 hours to complete. The nature and extent of the project is agreed upon in advance by the student and faculty advisor.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Plan A requires a minimum of 14 semester credits in the major and 6 credits in a designated minor or related field outside the major. Selection of courses to fulfill this requirement and development of the thesis project are primarily the responsibility of the student and faculty advisor. Students also must register for a minimum of 10 thesis credits. Plan B requires a minimum of 30 credits, which must include 14 or more credits in the major area and at least 6 credits in one or more related fields outside the major. The balance of credits is chosen by agreement between the advisor and student. In addition to coursework, students must complete the Plan B capstone project, which requires approximately 120 hours. The nature and extent of the project is agreed upon in advance by the student and faculty advisor.
Ethics Requirement
All students are required to be trained in ethical issues in science. Please select one course from the list below to meet this requirement.
ANSC 8134 - Ethical Conduct of Animal Research (3.0 cr)
or APEC 8901 - Graduate Seminar: MS & PhD (1.0 cr)
or APEC 8902 - Graduate Research Development Seminar (1.0 cr)
or APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
or BBE 8001 - Seminar I (1.0 cr)
or BBE 8002 - Seminar II (1.0 cr)
or CONS 8001 - Conservation Biology Seminar (1.0 cr)
or ENT 8061 - Scientific Communication and Ethics (1.0 cr)
or FSCN 8318 - Current Issues in Food Science (2.0 cr)
or NUTR 8621 - Presentation Skills (1.0 cr)
or PLPA 8123 - Research Ethics in Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
or SOIL 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
or WRS 8581 - Research and Professional Ethics in Water Resources and Environmental Science (0.5 cr)
Seminar Requirement
All master's students are required to take 4 credits of AnSc 8510 Graduate Seminar
ANSC 8510 - Graduate Seminar (1.0 cr)
 
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ANSC 8134 - Ethical Conduct of Animal Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00512
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ethical considerations in use of animal subjects in agricultural, veterinary, and biomedical research. Federal, state, and University guidelines relating to proper conduct for acquisition/use of animals for laboratory, observational, epidemiological, and clinical research. Regulatory requirements, bases for what is deemed proper conduct. Societal impact on scientific investigations utilizing animal subjects. prereq: Grad student or prof school student or instr consent
APEC 8901 - Graduate Seminar: MS & PhD
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Attendance and active participation in applied economics research seminars. Effective research methods. Research topics and observe professional methods of research presentations.
APEC 8902 - Graduate Research Development Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Faculty, students, outside speakers present research ideas/results, which participants critique. Topics vary according to interests of speakers. prereq: ApEc MS student or ApEc PhD student
APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: APSc/PBio/PlPa/Soil 8123
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethics training to graduate students enrolled in plant/environmental graduate research programs and fulfill requirement for training in responsible conduct of research. Course meets during first seven weeks of spring semester.
BBE 8001 - Seminar I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Presentation/discussions on current research topics, research philosophy/principles, proposal writing, professional presentations.
BBE 8002 - Seminar II
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organization/critique of seminars on new developments in biosystems and agricultural engineering. prereq: 8001 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8001 or equiv
CONS 8001 - Conservation Biology Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. prereq: instr consent
ENT 8061 - Scientific Communication and Ethics
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students develop/use critical elements of scientific communication, within an ethical framework. Elements in writing scientific manuscripts and research proposals. Oral communication for scientific, outreach, and classroom presentations.
FSCN 8318 - Current Issues in Food Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current issues in Food Science and how they impact the food industry. Prerequisites: FSCN 4112, FSCN 4121, Department Consent.
NUTR 8621 - Presentation Skills
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Orientation to nutrition graduate program. Presenting scientific seminars, using electronic presentation programs/equipment. prereq: dept consent
PLPA 8123 - Research Ethics in Plant and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: APSc/PBio/PlPa/Soil 8123
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History/values relating to research/scholarship. Social responsibility, reporting misconduct. Authorship. Plagiarism. Peer review. Copyright, intellectual property. Conflicts of interest. Research data management. Fiscal responsibility/management. Environmental health/safety. Research involving humans/animals. Mentorship. Presentations by faculty, invited speakers. Meets during first seven weeks of spring semester. prereq: Enrolled in a plant/environmental grad research program
SOIL 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: APSc/PBio/PlPa/Soil 8123
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
History/values relating to research and scholarship. Social responsibility, reporting misconduct. Authorship. Plagiarism. Peer review. Copyright, intellectual property. Conflicts of interest. Research data management. Fiscal responsibility, management. Environmental health/safety. Research involving humans/animals. Mentorship. Presentations by faculty and invited speakers. Meets during first seven weeks of spring semester. prereq: Enrolled in a plant/environmental sci grad research prog
WRS 8581 - Research and Professional Ethics in Water Resources and Environmental Science
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: 00880
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethics of water resources science and environmental engineering research/practice. Societal responsibility, plagiarism, recording-keeping, authorship, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, professional relationships, fraud, reporting misconduct. Meets during first eight weeks of spring semester. prereq: [Environmental engineering or water resources science] grad student or instr consent
ANSC 8510 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students attend seminars and lead a seminar, giving oral presentation of scientific data. Public speaking skills. Preparing visuals for scientific presentations. Audience critiques of presentations. prereq: instr consent
ANSC 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]