The Animal Science Graduate Program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working with distinguished faculty in state of the art facilities. Numerous opportunities exist for course work and research in areas ranging from current animal production techniques to recombinant DNA research on fundamental animal and cell physiology problems. Areas of Study include:
- Beef Management
- Dairy Management
- Environmental Stress/Physiology (Toxicology, Heat Stress)
- Muscle Biology
- Race Track Industry Program
- Food Safety
- Reproduction / Reproductive Endocrinology
- Metabolic/Nutritional Endocrinology
GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
The Animal Sciences Graduate Program offers both MS (two options) and PhD degrees. The program provides maximum flexibility in planning programs of study for MS and PhD candidates, and no uniform core of coursework is required. The student’s Plan of Study is developed and approved by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) in accordance with the student’s research interests and career goals. Students become accomplished in verbal and written communication through participation in departmental courses and seminars, and through presentations at local, national and international meetings. Students are required to gain teaching experience by becoming teaching assistants or involvement in other teaching activities.
The traditional MS option requires a minimal number of formal graduate courses, complemented by completion of a major research project and preparation of a formal thesis. Students wishing to pursue a PhD degree later (with committee approval) do not have to complete this MS degree option.
The Animal Science Graduate Program also offers a non-thesis degree option in Race Track Industry which requires increased formal course credits, with no major thesis research project. The non-thesis option has an emphasis on preparing students for professional opportunities in animal agriculture-related business. The non-thesis option includes a professional development project generated through internship or applied, business-related research. The non-thesis option is not designed to prepare students for advancement into the Ph.D. program.
The PhD degree requires a minimal number of formal graduate courses, the passing of traditional comprehensive written and oral exams, and completion of a formal research project and dissertation defense. Our PhD program does not require prior completion of a Master’s degree.
A Minor in the Animal Science will consist of nine hours of graded coursework with one member of the graduate student’s committee being part of the MGP.
ANIMAL SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM CORE FACULTY
- Randy Bogan, PhD, M.C.R,
- Zelieann Craig, PhD,
- Duarte Diaz, PhD
- Frank Duca, PhD
- Sean Limesand, PhD, F.
- Benjamin Renquist, PhD.
- Koenraad Van Doorslaer, PhD
- Arun Dhar, PhD.
ANIMAL SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM JOINT FACULTY
- Klearchos K. Papas, PhD,
- Patricia Hoyer, PhD (Physiology),
ANIMAL SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM HANDBOOK
GRADUATE STUDENT DIRECTORY
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