2009-10 Course Descriptions

   ANSC - Animal Science

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAS)

ANSC 111 General Animal Science (2-3-3), fall. A survey of factors involved in the production and marketing of livestock. Laboratory includes judging and production skills. Laboratory graded and credited with course. May be used to satisfy Science University Core requirements.


ANSC 235 Companion Animal Management (3-0-3), fall. Practical aspects of behavior, nutrition, breeds and breeding, reproduction, health and management of dogs, cats and other animals generally considered to be human companions. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of professor. May be used to satisfy Science University Core requirements.


ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition (3-0-3), spring.

General plant and animal composition. Properties, functions, deficiency symptoms, digestion, absorption and metabolism of water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Prerequisite: a laboratory chemistry.


ANSC 337 Animal Nutrition Lab (0-1-1), spring.

Provides a set of practical activities to complement the Animal Nutrition course. Focuses on the application of nutritional principles of animal feeding, nutritional value of feed ingredients and methods of assessment. Principles of ration formulation and practice will be emphasized. Students will receive different feed samples to analyze for dry matter, fiber, digestibility, nitrogen and nitrogen fractions. Prerequisite or corequisite: ANSC 336.


ANSC 343 Animal Reproduction (3-0-3), fall, odd years.

Physiological processes of reproduction in farm animals, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, endocrine relationships, fertility and factors affecting reproduction efficiency, principles of artificial insemination, methods of improving reproductive performance and the ethics of using reproductive technologies. Prerequisites: ANSC 111, BIOL 112/114 and BIOL 113/115.


ANSC 345 Techniques in Animal Production (0-3-1), spring.

Hands-on animal production practices and techniques currently used in the livestock industry. Reproductive and management techniques are emphasized. Students will also develop proficiency in care, handling, and routine procedures for swine, sheep, goats, horses, beef and dairy cattle. May be taken twice. Maximum of one hour of credit awarded per experience. Prerequisites: ANSC 343, 363 or 483. 


ANSC 360 Horses and Horsemanship (2-3-3), fall, spring, summer.

Horse industry. Breeding, feeding, and management principles for light horses. Disease control. Types and breeds of riding horses, gaits, grooming, showing, training and basic instruction in various riding patterns. Laboratory graded and credited with course. One semester hour credit can substitute for 1 hour of EXSC activity in the University Core.


ANSC 363 Monogastric Livestock Production (3-0-3), spring, even years.

Swine and poultry production. Industry dimensions and structure, breeding plans, nutritional requirements, feeding and feeding strategies, behavior, health care and economics, and relevant production systems. Prerequisite: ANSC 111.


ANSC 392 Animal Health (3-0-3), spring.

A discussion of diseases affecting farm animals. Provides an in-depth examination of diseases of major economic importance in each category of farm animals. Selected, infectious, production and parasitological diseases of cattle, small ruminants, pigs, poultry and horses will be discussed. Clinical signs, prevention and treatment will be presented for each disease. Prerequisites: BIOL 112/114 and 113/115. 


ANSC 431 Animal Biotechnology (3-0-3), fall.

Current techniques used in biotechnology and their applications to the animal agriculture field will be explored. Topics covered include gene mapping, somatic cell cloning, embryo sexing, transgenesis and marker assisted selection. Prerequisites: BIOL 475 and 476.


ANSC 483 Ruminant Livestock Production (3-0-3), spring, odd years.

Structure of the ruminant industry in Texas and the United States. Physiology of ruminants, management practices including breeds and breeding, feeding, health and disease prevention and control, housing and waste management. Systems of production for beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats. Prerequisite: ANSC 111.


ANSC 496 Animal Breeding (3-0-3), fall, even years.

Genetics applied to the improvement of domestic animals and methods of selection. Introduction to basic statistics. Prerequisite: BIOL 351.


ANSC 497 Special Problems in Animal Science (3-0-3), spring.

A special project course. Students will complete a project on a selected topic, issue or problem. Projects may relate to research, extension or care and management of livestock. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisite: senior standing.   
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