Animal Science (Master of Science)
The research program focuses on Lactation Physiology and Mammary Gland Biology involving both a combination of courses and graduate research. Areas of research interests include lactation physiology, breast cancer, mastitis, developmental biology, nutrition, cell signaling and metabolism, biotechnology, and transgenics.
Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science
An acceptable undergraduate major in animal science, chemistry, biology, or a related field. Satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination must be presented. In some of the animal health areas, a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine may be helpful.
Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science
The applicant must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate College and complete one semester with satisfactory performance in graduate courses or courses prescribed by the Graduate Committee.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Option A: 30 credit hours of study with a minimum of 15 credit hours in courses in Animal Science or related fields and a minimum of 9 credit hours of thesis research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301, Graduate Journal Club and ASCI 302, Graduate Seminar every semester the courses are offered. Students must also participate in one semester of ASCI 303, Research Proposal Writing.
Students are expected to meet with their graduate studies committee during their second and third semester and during the final semester for their dissertation defense. Students are also expected to have one publication ready to submit or already submitted to an appropriate journal.
Option B (non-thesis MS): 30 credit hours of study with 24 credit hours in courses in Animal Science or related fields and a minimum of 6 credit hours of literature research. Students are required to attend and participate in ASCI 301, Graduate Journal Club and ASCI 302, Graduate Seminar every semester the courses are offered.