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Animal Sciences Ph.D.

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: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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 PhD program concentrate on one of the animal sciences emphasis areas: genetics, nutrition, physiology, or production systems. Students have the option of tailoring their program to include study in more than one emphasis area and to emphasize basic or applied science.
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.
A bachelor's degree in agriculture or a biological field with training in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics is required.
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
24 credits are required in the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not 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.
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 5091 - Research Proposals: From Ideas to Strategic Plans [WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 8134 - Ethical Conduct of Animal Research (3.0 cr)
or APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
or ENT 8061 - Scientific Communication and Ethics (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 doctoral students are required to take 6 credits of AnSc 8510 Graduate Seminar
ANSC 8510 - Graduate Seminar (1.0 cr)
Thesis Requirement
All doctoral students are required to take 24 thesis credits of AnSc 8888 Graduate Seminar
ANSC 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
Major Coursework
Students are required to take 17.5 credits in consultation with adviser.
Animal Science Subdisciplines
Animal science graduate students pursuing the PhD degree emphasize one of the animal science subdisciplines: genetics, growth biology, nutrition, physiology and reproductive biology, or production systems. Students have the option of tailoring their program and to conduct basic or applied research.
Genetics
Focused on avian, bovine, or porcine molecular genetics; applied dairy cattle genetics; and quantitative genetics.Must take 14 - 17 credits in consultation with advisor.
-OR-
Physiology
Focused on the biological processes which are critical for the functioning of all animal species. Research conducted by this graduate faculty explores the basic processes of cells, tissues and organ systems in animals and humans and the application of this knowledge for efficient animal production and the enhanced understanding and treatment of animal and human diseases. Must take 14 - 17 credits in consultation with advisor.
-OR-
Nutrition
Focused on different areas including determination of nutrient requirements; influence of nutrition and feeding management on reproduction and milk production; evaluation of feeding value of alternative feeds; relationships between host and rumen microbes; and evaluation of feed additives and growth promotants and their effects on growth, feed conversion, meat quality, and economics. Must take 14-17 credits in consultation with their advisor.
-OR-
Production Systems
Focused on unique and exciting opportunities to gain multidisciplinary tools essential for a career in the livestock industry that will include identifying and solving problems in management systems, animal welfare, environmental impacts, and food quality/safety issues. Must take 14 - 17 credits in consultation with advisor.
 
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ANSC 5091 - Research Proposals: From Ideas to Strategic Plans (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, however, having taken ANSC 3011 Statistics for Animal Science is desirable.
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
You have a great research idea, now what? How do you turn your idea into a proposal? It has been said paraphrasing Edison, that innovation is one percent inspiration, ninety-nice percent perspiration. In this course, we will start with and inspiring idea and sweat our way to develop a research proposal. The students will go through a step-by-step process that starts choosing and defining a research idea, then proceeding to do literature reviews and to the development of hypothesis, aims, objectives and a research strategy. The aim of this course is to provide students with tools to understand the structure of scientific reports and proposals, literature searches and basic data interpretation. The student will learn about different research approaches and how to achieve consistency in their research projects. We will guide students in how to begin and develop a written research proposal that will satisfy the requirements of their advisers, institution and funding organizations. prereq: There are no prerequisites, however, having taken ANSC 3011 Statistics for Animal Science is desirable.
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
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.
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.
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 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required