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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences Major
Poultry Science Major
Courses

256 Animal Sciences Building, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; telephone 608-263-4300; fax 608-262-5157; www.ansci.wisc.edu

Professors Schaefer (chair), Albrecht, Claus, Cook, Crenshaw, Gianola, Khatib, Kirkpatrick, Parrish, Reed, Richards, Rosa, Thomas; Associate Professors Sindelar (Extension); Assistant Professors Berres, Fadl, Shanmuganayagam

The Department of Animal Sciences was formed as the union of the departments of Meat and Animal Science and Poultry Science in 1996. Majors in both animal sciences and poultry science are available.

Animal Sciences Major

Animal Science students focus on the biology of domesticated animals, including cattle, swine, sheep, horses and goats as well as meat derived from the traditional meat animal species. Some attention is directed toward the companion animal species, including dogs and cats. The major emphasizes integration of biological principles from the gene to the organ to the herd or flock. Core courses in the major include animal breeding, veterinary genetics, animal physiology, reproductive physiology, comparative animal nutrition, animal health, and meat science. Additional courses include career orientation, animal handling, assessing animal welfare, biology of companion animals, composition of meat animals, human/animal symbiosis, ruminant nutrition, monogastric nutrition, sheep production, beef cattle production, swine production, equine business, livestock production in agricultural development, and laboratory techniques in mammalian gamete and embryo biology.

The major offers a science track which includes math, physics, organic chemistry and biochemistry for students with interests in postgraduate work in veterinary medicine, medicine, animal science or other graduate programs. The major also offers a business emphasis which includes economics, accounting, marketing, farm management, commodity markets, agricultural finance, and other courses from the Business School.

Career opportunities exist in the meat, artificial insemination, feed, agri-business, agri-marketing and biotechnology industries. Occasionally, students have found positions within zoos. All students receive individualized attention from their academic advisor. The Department has several livestock- and meat-related scholarships. Internships and research experience are encouraged. Numerous graduates have completed double majors with Life Science Communication, Poultry Science, Genetics, and departments outside of CALS such as Nursing and Spanish, according to the interests and aspirations of the student.

A student majoring in animal sciences is placed in the Bachelor of Science degree program.  Completion of the degree program in four years is the norm.

Required Courses

Courses may not double count within the major (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement &/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are not used elsewhere.

Mathematics and Statistics (8 cr)

Math 112 and 113, or Math 114, or may be satisfied by placement exam.*
Stat 301 or 371 or 571
*Science Emphasis students may choose to complete Math 171 and 217 in place of Math 114 and 221

Chemistry (5–9 cr)

Chem 103 and 104, or Chem 109

Biology (13 cr)

One of the following sets:

(a) Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152.
(b) Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130
(c) Biocore 381 and 382 and 383 and 384

Genetics 160 or 466*

*Genetics 466 preferred for Science Emphasis students.

Animal Sciences Core (21–22 cr)

A course cannot be used for credit in both the Core and Depth within Major sections.

Introduction to Animal Science: An Sci/Dy Sci 101
Meat Science: An Sci/Food Sci 305
Nutrition Principles: An Sci/Dy Sci/Nutr Sci 311
Animal Health: An Sci 320
Genetics (2 courses): An Sci/Dy Sci 361; An Sci/Dy Sci 362 or 363
Animal Physiology: An Sci/Dy Sci 373 or An Sci/Dy Sci 434

Animal Science Depth (12 cr)

A course cannot be used for credit in both the Core and Depth within Major sections.

12 credits from the following:
An Sci 220
An Sci/Dy Sci 313
An Sci/Dy Sci 370*
An Sci/Dy Sci 362 or 363
An Sci/Dy Sci 373** or An Sci/Dy Sci 434
An Sci/Dy Sci 414
An Sci 415
An Sci 430
An Sci 431
An Sci 432
An Sci 433
An Sci/Food Sci 515
An Sci/Dy Sci/Envir St/Soil Sci 468
*meets CALS International Studies requirement
**Physiol 335 can substitute for An Sci 373 in the An Sci Depth section only (see above)

Up to 3 credits from courses listed below can go toward the required 12 credits of depth:

399 Internship
681 Honors
682 Honors
699 Special Problems

Emphasis

Choose 1 emphasis area, below.

Science Emphasis (24 cr)
Math 221 or 217
Physics 103
Chem 343
Biochem 501 or Bmolchem 503
9 credits from: Chem 344, 345, Microbio 303, 304, MMI/Microbio/Path Bio 528 (or MMI 341), Physics 104, Psych 449

Business Emphasis (24–25 cr)
AAE 215* or Econ 101
MHR 305 or Gen Bus 310 or Gen Bus 311
Bmolchem 314 or Chem 341 or Biochem 501
AAE 320
AAE 322
*AAE 215 not accepted as a prerequisite for some advanced Business courses.
*AAE 215 only carries QR-B credit if taken fall 2011 or later.

9 credits from: AAE 419, Acct I S 100 or 300, Agronomy/Hort/Soil Sci 326, Econ/Finance 300, MHR 300, Marketing 300, Math 217, 221, Microbio 303, 304, Physics 103, Soil Sci 301

*up to two courses may be applied to Certificate in Business Mgmt. for Ag. & Life Sciences

Capstone (2 cr)

An Sci 435

Poultry Science Major

Poultry science students focus on the biology of domestic birds, including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.  Courses cover physiology, nutrition, and health, as well as husbandry and business management related to poultry.  Processing of meat and eggs and their role as healthy foods are important aspects included in the major as well.  The poultry science curriculum is useful for any student who wants to learn the basics of bird biology and/or poultry production.

Career opportunities for poultry science graduates exceed the number of graduates and may be found in advertising, journalism, marketing, sales, management, and technical services for the live bird or its food products (meat or eggs). The Department of Animal Sciences may be consulted for specific career information and information about courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree program.

Many courses for the poultry science major are offered only during summer, when students from around the Midwest travel to UW–Madison to take poultry science courses unavailable at their home schools. The course offerings reflect the role of the UW poultry science program as a Midwest Regional Undergraduate Center of Excellence. Faculty from many midwestern universities assist in teaching the summer courses.

The department has several poultry-related scholarships available, and internships with poultry companies are strongly suggested.

 A student majoring in poultry science is placed in the Bachelor of Science degree program. This program is flexible enough to meet the individual needs and interests of the student.

Poultry Science Major Requirements

Courses may not double count within the major (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement &/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are not used elsewhere.

Required Courses
Mathematics and Statistics (8 cr)

Math 112 and 113, or Math 114, or may be satisfied by placement exam
Stat 301 or 371 or 571

Chemistry (5–9 cr)

Chem 103 and 104, or Chem 109

Biology (13 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152
(b) Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130
(c) Biocore 381 and 382 and 383 and 384

Genetics 160 or 466*
*Genetics 466 preferred for ‘Science Emphasis’ students.

Foundation

Choose one emphasis area:

Science Emphasis (24 cr)
Math 221
Physics 103
Chem 343
Biochem 501
9 credits from the following:  Physics 104, Microbio 303, 304, Chem 344, 345, MMI/Microbio/Path Bio 528, Food Sci 410

Business Emphasis (24–25 cr)
AAE 215* or Econ 101
MHR 305
Bmolchem 314
AAE 320
AAE 322
*AAE 215 not accepted as a prerequisite for some advanced Business courses.

9 credits from the following:  Soil Sci 301, Microbio 303, 304, Physics 103, Agronomy/Hort/Soil Sci 326, Marketing 300, MHR 300, Acct I S 300, Econ/Finance 300, AAE 419, Math 221

Poultry Science Core (22 cr)

An Sci/Dy Sci 101
An Sci 314*
An Sci 315*
An Sci 503*
An Sci 508*
An Sci 511*
An Sci 512*
*Summer Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence courses, see
www.mwpoultry.org

Poultry Science Depth (12 cr)

12 credits from:
An Sci 220
An Sci/Dy Sci/Nutr Sci 311
An Sci/Dy Sci 313
An Sci/Dy Sci 370*
An Sci/Dy Sci 361
An Sci/Dy Sci 362 or 363
An Sci/Dy Sci 373** or An Sci/Dy Sci 434
An Sci 415
An Sci/Food Sci 515
Microbio 303
Microbio 304
An Sci/Food Sci 321
MMI/Path Bio/Zoology 350
An Sci/Dy Sci/Envir St/Soil Sci 468
Food Sci 512
An Sci/Zoology 520
An Sci/Zoology 521
Microbio/MMI/Path Bio 528
*meets CALS International Studies requirement (see above)
**Physiol 335 can substitute for An Sci 373

Up to 3 credits from courses listed below can go toward the 12 credits required:
699 Special Problems
399 Internship
681 Honors
682 Honors

Capstone (2 cr)

An Sci 435