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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, Greaser, Kirkpatrick, Parrish, Reed, Thomas; Associate Professors Khatib, Richards, Rosa, Sindelar (Extension); Assistant Professors Berres, Fadl

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

Courses offered under the animal sciences major teach the principles of genetics, reproduction, nutrition, physiology, and meats for beef cattle, swine, sheep and horses, and their application to research, production and distribution of livestock for food, fiber and recreation. Where appropriate, dogs, cats, other pet species and humans are discussed. This curriculum is useful for any student who wants to learn the basics of whole animal biology. The course work strongly reflects the department faculty's interest in emerging scientific technologies, including such techniques as in vitro embryo production, stem cell technology, immune modulation of growth, nutritional modulation of skeletal growth, secondary plant compounds in animal health, fundamentals of muscle conversion to meat, and the use of gene maps to identify animal traits.

A student majoring in animal sciences is placed in the Bachelor of Science degree program.  This program is flexible enough to provide for a student's individual needs and interests.

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 301 (381, effective spring 2014) and 302 (382, effective spring 2014) and 303 (383, effective spring 2014) and 304 (384, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13]

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/Comp Bio 404 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/Comp Bio 404** 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 404 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 50
9 credits from: Chem 344, 345, Food Sci 410, Microbio 303, 304, MMI/Microbio/Path Bio 528 (or MMI 341), Physics 104

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.
*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 221, Microbio 303, 304, Physics 103, Soil Sci 301

Capstone (2 cr)

An Sci 435

Recommended Animal Science Electives

An Sci 110 Animal Handling
An Sci 150 Career Orientation Animal/Poultry Science
An Sci 375 Human-Animal Symbiosis I
An Sci 375 Human-Animal Symbiosis II
An Sci 375 Welfare
An Sci 375 Gamete Biology
An Sci 375 Equine Reproduction
An Sci 200 Companion Animals
An Sci 221 Advanced Meat Animal Evaluation
An Sci 250 Horse Science and Management
An Sci 299 Independent Research

Poultry Science Major

A student majoring in poultry science is placed in the Bachelor of Science degree program. This program is flexible enough to provide for a student's individual needs and interests.

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.

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 301 (381, effective spring 2014) and 302 (382, effective spring 2014) and 303 (383, effective spring 2014) and 304 (384, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13]

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/Comp Bio 404** 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 404

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

Recommended Animal Science Electives

An Sci 110 Animal Handling
An Sci 150 Career Orientation Animal/Poultry Science
An Sci 375 Human-Animal Symbiosis I
An Sci 375 Human-Animal Symbiosis II
An Sci 375 Welfare
An Sci 375 Gamete Biology
An Sci 375 Equine Reproduction
An Sci 200 Companion Animals
An Sci 221 Advanced Meat Animal Evaluation
An Sci 250 Horse Science and Management
An Sci 299 Independent Research