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Animal, Nutrition and Food Science (Doctor of Philosophy)


An interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Animal, Nutrition and Food Science is offered under the direction of a committee composed of faculty members drawn from the Departments of Animal Science, and Nutrition and Food Sciences. The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to provide advanced education and research training in mammalian physiology and endocrinology, mammary gland biology, basic and applied nutrition and food microbiology and technology. While all PhD students will complete a common core of courses, they will choose from one of three tracks for specialized study: nutrition, food sciences, or animal science. The program provides flexibility necessary for students to gain competence in the area of their choice. The extensive research facilities of the participating departments are available to all graduate students enrolled in the program.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Satisfactory scores on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination must be presented.

Requirement for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

The applicant must satisfy the prerequisites of the Graduate College and complete one semester with satisfactory performance in graduate courses or courses prescribed by the Graduate Committee.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The Department of Animal Science believes each graduate program has its individual needs and must be arranged accordingly. The candidate must meet all the requirements as prescribed by the Graduate College for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The candidate is required to attend and participate in ASCI 301, Graduate Journal Club and ASCI 302, Graduate Seminar every semester that the courses are offred. The candidate must also participate in one semester of ASCI 303, Research Proposal Writing. In addition, all courses and seminars as established by the Studies Committee must be satisfactorily met. The student is expected to meet with their committee within the first two semesters and then at least annually until the doctoral research is completed and an acceptable dissertation written and defended. It is also expected that a Ph.D. student will have at least two publications ready to submit, or already submitted, to an appropriate scientific journal. In accordance with the policy of the Animal Science Department, all doctoral students will be provided the opportunity to participate in the Department's undergraduate teaching program. Proficiency in a modern foreign language or computer language and programming is optional at the discretion of the Studies Committee.