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2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Department of Animal Science


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Animal Science/Molecular Biology Bldg., Rm 101
(307) 766-2224
FAX: (307) 766-2355
Web site: uwyo.edu/anisci
Department Head: Bledar Bisha

Professors:

BRENDA M. ALEXANDER, B.S. University of Wyoming 1986; M.S. 1988; Ph.D. 1999; Professor of Animal Science 2019, 2006.

SCOTT L. LAKE, B.S. University of Nevada 1998; M.S. 2001; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2005; Professor of Animal Science 2021, 2014, 2008. Extension Livestock Specialist. Director of Laramie R&E Center.

JAMES K. PRU, B.S. 1991 and M.S. 1993 Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming; Ph.D. Molecular Reproductive Biology University of Wyoming 2000; Professor and Rochelle Chair of Animal Science 2021.

Associate Professors:

BLEDAR BISHA, D.V.M. Agricultural University of Tirana-Albania 1999; M.S. Iowa State University 2004; Ph.D. 2009; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2019, 2013.

PAUL A. LUDDEN, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1991; M.S. Purdue University 1994; Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia 1997; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2004, 1998.

WARRIE J. MEANS, B.S. Colorado State University 1979; M.S. 1982; Ph.D. 1985; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2002, 1992.

STEVEN I. PAISLEY, B.S. University of Wyoming 1993; M.S. 1995; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 1998; Extension Beef Cattle Specialist; Associate Professor of Animal Science 2007, 2001. Director of SAREC R&E Center.

Assistant Professors:

JEREMY BLOCK, B.S. University of Missouri 1998; M.S. University of Florida 2003; Ph.D. 2007; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2020.

HANNAH C. CUNNINGHAM-HOLLINGER, B.A. St. Olaf College 2012; M.S. University of Wyoming 2014; Ph.D. 2018; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2019.

CODY GIFFORD, B.S. 2013, M.S. 2016; Ph.D. Colorado State University 2019; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2019.

SHELBY ROSASCO, B.S. California State University 2012; M.S. New Mexico State University 2016; Ph.D. New Mexico State University 2020; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2020.

WHIT STEWART, B.S. Brigham Young University-Idaho 2008; M.S. Oregon State University 2010; Ph.D. New Mexico State University 2015; Assistant Professor of Animal Science 2017.

Academic Professional Lecturers:

JENNIFER A. INGWERSON-NIEMANN, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2005; M.S. Iowa State University 2014; Academic Professional Lecturer in Animal Science 2014.

McKENSIE K. PHILLIPS, B.S. University of Wyoming 2015; M.S. Texas A&M University 2017; Assistant Lecturer in Animal Science 2018.

Adjunct Professors:

Kristi Cammack, Jeff Chandler, Thomas Hansen, John Johnston, Tom McDonald, Peter Nathanielsz, Mark Nijland, Heywood Sawyer, Donal Skinner, D. Paul Thomas, Meijun Zhu

Professors Emeriti:

Ray Field, Bret Hess, Frank Hinds, Doug Hixon, Steven W. Horn, Conrad Kercher, Richard J. McCormick, Gary Moss, William Murdoch, Johannes Nel, Bibek Ray

The Department of Animal Science offers a variety of courses in animal and food science. The department uses modern laboratories and excellent animal facilities including a livestock teaching arena and a meat processing facility.

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Science have a combined curriculum, under Animal and Veterinary Science (ANVS). The curriculum has options in production, range livestock, business, communication, animal biology, preveterinary medicine, meat science and food technology, and equine science. The curriculum leads to a wide variety of career opportunities for animal and veterinary science graduates.

B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science

The Department of Animal Science and the Department of Veterinary Sciences have combined their efforts to offer several degree options leading to the bachelor of science degree in animal and veterinary science. Courses in animal science, food science, and pathobiology are the core offerings in the various options. Agriculture, in its broadest definition, is the nation’s largest industry. Livestock production is Wyoming’s largest agricultural enterprise. Animal agriculture and its associated industries offer many opportunities for the interested student. Whether a student is interested in production livestock, allied fields such as meat science, business or animal health, or wants to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, the degree tracks offered will form the basis for a challenging career in animal agriculture/biology. The various options provide maximum flexibility to meet the changing needs of students and their employers. For students interested in pursuing advanced research, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered. Several degree options allow for specialization and graduate or professional school preparation. A brief description of each option and the educational opportunities they provide is given with the course requirements. A grade of C or better must be earned in the following courses when the courses are required in the individual option for completion of the degree: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120, 4540, 4630; FDSC 3060, PATB 4110, PATB 4111, LIFE 1010, 2022. Students are encouraged to participate in activities related to their degree option. The university has livestock, horse and meats judging teams. Each team travels and participates in at least one major exposition a year. Each year, the Academic Quadrathalon competition is held, combining practical and classroom skills for students. Field trips, as practical teaching aids in many classes, are scheduled throughout the year. Internships are available to gain practical experience. Student organizations such as the Block and Bridle Club, Food Science Club, Microbiology Club, Range Club, the Pre-vet Club, Wyoming Collegiate Cattlemens Association, and the Ranch Horse Team provide additional educational and recreational opportunities.

Production Option

This option provides a strong background in livestock production and management. Students interested in livestock production should enroll in this option.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, or 4250; FDSC 2040, 3060*; PATB 4110*

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: AGEC 1020 (H), 2020; REWM 2000

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Range Livestock Option

This option emphasizes range livestock management. Students interested in the management of livestock and range resources should enroll in this option.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4150, 4220, and one course selected from ANSC 3150, 4230, or 4250; 4540*, 4630* (COM3); FDSC 2040, 3060*; PATB 4110*

Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management………………..

  Required courses: REWM 2000, 2400, 4000, 4330; LIFE 3400

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: AGEC 1020 (H), 2020

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Business Option

Students desiring a strong background in business in addition to the basic courses in animal and veterinary science should enroll in this option. Graduates will be qualified for careers in the livestock agribusiness industry.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, or 4250; FDSC 3060*; PATB 4110*

Agricultural Economics and Business………….

  Required courses: AGEC 1010 (H), 1020 (H), 3860 or 4880; AGEC 4060 or MGT 3210; AGEC 4050 or MKT 3210; ACCT 2010

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Communication Option

Students in this option obtain a basic education in animal and veterinary science and also acquire in-depth communication skills. Students interested in careers in agriculture communications with emphasis on the livestock industry should enroll in this option.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

Required courses:

  ANSC 1010, 2020, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3) and two courses selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, 4240, or 4250; FDSC 3060*; PATB 4110*

Communication………………..

  Required courses: COMM 2010* (COM2), plus 14 additional credit hours in COJO/COMM

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Animal Biology Option

This option within the major requires more complete and stringent basic sciences. Students may complete premedical requirements or other pre-professional allied health requirements while completing a B.S. degree that prepares them for alternate career choices. Selected courses provide opportunity for more complete exposure in both biological sciences and pathobiology. Possible alternatives to professional schools include graduate school admission or employment by government or industry in research, promotion or sales. Because of the variation in pre-professional requirements for different professional programs, students are encouraged to determine the specific requirements of the programs in which they are interested.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010*, 3100*, 4120*, 4630* (COM3); FDSC 3060*

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: MICR/ MOLB 2021 or 2240; MOLB 3610; MOLB 4100 or MOLB 4600 and 4610

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1020 (PN), 1030 (PN), 2300 or CHEM 2420 and 2440; PHYS 1050 or PHYS 1110 and PHYS 1120; ZOO/PSYC 3600; MATH 1400 (Q) and 1405 (Q) or MATH 1450 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Meat Science and Food Technology Option

Students taking this option will have an excellent background for entering the meat industry. The food industry is the largest employer in this country and offers a wide variety of career opportunities.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 3010*, 3100*, 4050, 4630* (COM3); PATB 4110*

Food Science………………..

  Required courses: FDSC 1410, 2040, 3060*, 3062, 3063, 3720, 4090, 4100, 4900

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: AGEC 1020 (H), AGEC 3860, MICR/MOLB 2021

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN); CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); Stat 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Suggested courses………………..

  FDSC 3061

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option

This option is especially designed to prepare students for application to colleges of veterinary medicine. There is a strong emphasis on the biological, biomedical and physical sciences. This curriculum is also appropriate for students wishing to pursue graduate school opportunities, other professional school applications, or careers in many areas of agribusiness. A minimum of three years of formal course work is required before one can apply to a college of veterinary medicine. Students accepted before completion of their B.S. degree can transfer credits back to UW to complete their degree requirements. Wyoming does not have a college of veterinary medicine. Faculty advisers insure that students meet the variable preveterinary requirements for application to colleges of veterinary medicine in their home state or region.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 3010*, 3100*, 4120*; one course selected from ANSC 3150, 4220, 4230, or 4250; ANSC 4630* (COM3) or PATB 4130* (COM3); PATB 4110*, 4500, 4710, PATB/MOLB 4400

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: MICR/MOLB 2021, MICR/PATB 2220; MOLB 3610

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1020 (PN), 1030 (PN), 2420, 2440; PHYS 1110, 1120; MATH 1400 (Q) and 1405 (Q) or MATH 1450 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Suggested courses………………..

  ANSC 4050, 4132, 4150, 4260, 4540; FDSC 3060; PATB 4001, 4130, 4170, 4360; ANSC/PATB 4111

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Equine Science Option

This option provides a strong background in equine production and management. Students interested in equine should enroll in this option.

University Studies Program………………..

  Courses with 2015 University Studies Program designations of FYS, COM1, COM2, COM3, Q, PN (2 courses), H (2 courses), and V are required.  Note that some USP requirements may be satisfied upon completion of required courses as denoted below.

Animal and Veterinary Science………………..

  Required courses: ANSC 1010, 1030, 3010*, 3100*, 3150*, 3250, 4120, 4132, 4250*, 4540*, 4630* (COM3); ANSC/ PATB 4111*; FDSC 3060*

Agricultural Sciences………………..

  Required courses: AGEC 2020; REWM 2000

Other math/science courses………………..

  Required courses: LIFE 1010* (PN), 2022* (PN), 3050; CHEM 1000 (PN), ANSC 2010 or CHEM 2300, MATH 1400 (Q); STAT 2050 (Q) or 2070 (Q)

Required credits 128**

*A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses for successful completion of degree. **Required credits: 128 total credit hours, 42 credit hours or more at the 3000-level or above.

Agriculture Education with Concentration in Animal and Veterinary Science

This program consists of 128 total hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA and minimum 2.500 content GPA required. This major will be advised in the College of Education with a secondary adviser in Animal Science. Refer to the College of Education for specific curriculum requirements.

Undergraduate Minors

The Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Sciences offers two minors: a minor in animal and veterinary science for non-majors and a minor in Equine Science.

Animal and Veterinary Science Minor

The courses required for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and the student must receive a grade of C or better in each course. Courses required are: ANSC 3010, 3100, 4120, 4540; FDSC 3060; PATB 4110 and at least one of the following: ANSC 3150, 4220 or 4230. The Department of Animal Science may be contacted by students needing assistance or having questions.

Equine Science Minor

The courses required for this minor must be taken for a letter grade and the student must receive a grade of C or better in each course. Courses required are: ANSC 1030, 3150, 3250, ANSC/PATB 4111 (12 credit hours), and a minimum of 3 courses (minimum of 8 credits) chosen from ANSC 2020, 3555, 3560 (max 3 credits allowed), 4132, 4250. The Department of Animal Science may be contacted by students needing assistance or having questions.

 


Graduate Study

The Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Science offer programs leading to the M.S. (Plan A and Plan B) and Ph.D. degrees in animal and veterinary science. A M.S. degree in food science and human nutrition is offered in cooperation with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Department of Animal Science also participates in the interdisciplinary M.S./Ph.D. The Department of Animal Science also participates in the interdisciplinary M.S./Ph.D. Biomedical Science. Program.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master’s Program - Plan A (thesis)

The student, major professor, and graduate committee determine the program of study and research project, which meets the needs of the individual student. The candidate’s graduate committee should be established and functioning by the time the student has completed 12 semester hours of formal coursework. The master of science program should be approved and filed by the end of the student’s second semester of graduate study in animal science. This committee shall also determine if the student is making satisfactory progress to be advanced to a candidate for a master’s degree or continued in a doctoral program by the end of the student’s third semester following matriculation. The student can specialize in breeding, food science and human nutrition, nutrition, physiology, meat science, reproduction or wool for coursework and thesis/dissertation project. In addition, supporting coursework is available in agricultural economics, biochemistry, microbiology, range management, genetics, statistics, and other areas of interest to the individual. In certain cases it is possible to develop a joint research project between animal science and another department. Students may use the research facilities and herds of beef cattle, sheep, and swine at the university livestock center near the university or at one of the university research and extension centers in the state. Research laboratories are located on campus and include a modern meat processing facility. The Thesis program is a 30 hour program, 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research.

Master’s Program - Plan B (non-thesis)

The Non-thesis program requires a coursework-intensive, non-thesis master of science program for those students whose career paths may not require a thesis research program. The program requires 32 hours of coursework in addition to an acceptable non-thesis research paper as defined by the student’s graduate committee.

Doctoral Program

The program requires 72 hours. Students must follow minimum graduate requirements.

Food Science

Food science is the application of basic sciences to the processing, quality control, storage, distribution and consumer use of food products. The microbiological, chemical and physical characteristics of foods as related to food processing and product quality are studied. Major emphasis is placed in the area of animal food products.

Programs

    MajorMinorGraduate

    Courses

      Animal ScienceFood Science

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