College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Animal Sciences Building, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; www.ansci.wisc.edu
Professors Thomas (chair), Aberle, Albrecht, Cook, Crenshaw, Gianola, Greaser, Kirkpatrick, Parrish, Reed, Schaefer (Ext); Associate Professors Claus, Richards, Rosa; Assistant Professors Berres, Cezar, Fadl, Sindelar (Ext)
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.
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 applied 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.
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 may be found in advertising, journalism, marketing, sales, management, and technical services to the poultry industry. 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