Animal Science (Master of Science)
The research program focuses on Lactation Physiology and Mammary Gland Biology involving a combination of courses and graduate research. Areas of research interests include lactation physiology, breast cancer, mastitis, developmental biology, nutrition, immunology, 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.
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 (Thesis): Thirty credits of study with a minimum of fifteen credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of nine credits 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 prepare a research proposal.
Students are expected to meet with their graduate studies committee during their second and third semester and during the final semester for their thesis defense. Students are also expected to have one publication ready to submit or already submitted to an appropriate journal at the time of their defense. Students are also required to participate in at least one semester of teaching.
Option B (Non-Thesis): Thirty credits of study with twenty-four credits in courses in animal science or related fields and a minimum of six credits 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.