University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Animal Science

ASCI 001 - Introductory Animal Sciences
An overview of the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and management of livestock and recreation species; introduction to animal behavior, animal disease, and biotechnology.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 004 - Dairy Cattle Judging
Principles of dairy cattle judging demonstrated and practiced using live animals.
Credits: 2.
ASCI 006 - Companion Animal Care & Mgmt
Scientific principles of nutrition, breeding selection, health, management practices, pet therapy, and animal bonding. Primary emphasis on cat and dog.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 043 - Fundamentals of Nutrition
Comprehensive study of specific nutrients in terms of their availability, function, and utilization in mammalian species. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and biology.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 097 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 098 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 108 - Equine Enterprise Management
Provides guidelines for understanding risks, liabilities and other pertinent topics necessary for running a successful equine-related business. Prerequisite: ASCI 001.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 110 - Animal Nutrit, Metab & Feeding
Principles of meeting the nutrient requirements of animals, especially as they relate to the practical problems of formulation and production systems.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 115 - Introduction to Equine Studies
Overview of the scientific and practical application of equine management and selection principles. Housing, nutrition, herd health, reproduction, and career opportunities.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 117 - Horse Health and Disease
Discusses the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse, common equine diseases and problems, their diagnoses, prevention, and treatment. Prerequisite: ASCI 001; a Biology course, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 118 - Appl Animal Health
A study of small and large domestic animal diseases. Natural response to disease, methods of diagnosis, control, and treatment. Prerequisite: ASCI 001; a Biology course, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 119 - Equine Training Techniques
Behavior modification and training of the young horse under saddle and in the cart. Introduction to interdisciplinary directions open to the equine athlete and to conditioning programs associated with these options.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 121 - Equus
A hands-on equine management experience. Students perform horse duties, recordkeeping, and make financial and management decisions on a horse boarding operation. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 2-4.
ASCI 122 - Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare
Designed to heighten awareness and understanding of human-animal relationships in society, agriculture, and science. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 125 - Equine Instructing Techniques
Examines philosophies, concepts and teaching-learning strategies needed for the development of sound equine instructing skills. Prerequisite: ASCI 115 or Instructor Permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 134 - CREAM
A two-semester course in which students perform the work and make the financial and management decisions associated with the CREAM dairy herd. Prerequisite: Sophomore/Junior standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 135 - CREAM
A two-semester course in which students perform the work and make the financial and management decisions associated with the CREAM dairy herd. Prerequisite: Sophomore/Junior standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 141 - Anat&Physiol Domestic Animals
Instructor permission. discussed. Prerequisite: BIOL 001; a chemistry course, or A comprehensive review of the structure and function of domestic animals, emphasizing those of economic importance. Differences between mammalian and avian species are
Credits: 4.
ASCI 143 - Forage and Pasture Mgmnt
Principles and practices of growing and utilizing forage plants for hay, silage and pasture; introduction to management intensive grazing; understanding forage quality. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 010 or one semester Biology or one semester Plant Biology or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PSS 143.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 154 - Dog Training and Behavior
Canine behavior is thoroughly examined and applied to the training and behavior modifications of dogs. Prerequisite: ASCI Major or Instructor Permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 155 - FARMS Junior Planning Seminar
The course objective is to introduce students to: 1) on-campus research and learning resources, and 2) Vermont's dairy industry through field trips, and discussion of business' strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite: Enrollment in FARMS program.
Credits: 2.
ASCI 156 - FARMS Senior Planning Seminar
The course provides opportunity for students to develop and present an oral and written formal research project proposal for their Senior research project (ASCI 252). Prerequisite: Enrollment in FARMS program.
Credits: 2.
ASCI 161 - Lab Animal Health & Disease
An introduction to laboratory animal science and welfare covering animal care and management, the correct performance of experimental procedures, and the regulatory and legislative framework governing it. Prerequisite: ASCI 001; a Biology course, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 168 - Animal Genetics and Breeding
The discussion of genetic principles and their application in the improvement of farm animals. Student teams develop a breeding plan in a semester project. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or BCOR 011 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 171 - Zoos, Exotics & Endang Species
From gorillas to golden lion tamarinds, how human attitudes, activities, utilization, and management strategies impact wild and captive animal populations. Prerequisite: ASCI 001 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 181 - Animal Science Career Seminar
Discussion and workshop activities exploring careers in animal and food science. Includes resume preparation and interview training. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Credits: 1.
ASCI 191 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 192 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 195 - Field Experience
Professionally-oriented field experience under joint supervision by faculty and business or community representative. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Total credits towards graduation cannot exceed 15 hours.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 196 - Field Experience
Professionally-oriented field experience under joint supervision by faculty and business or community representative. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Total credits towards graduation cannot exceed 15 hours.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 197 - Undergraduate Research
Research activity under direction of qualified staff member. Must have faculty member approval. Written proposal and report required. Prerequisite: Junior standing; Department Chair permission.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 198 - Undergraduate Research
Research activity under direction of qualified staff member. Must have faculty member approval. Written proposal and report required. Prerequisite: Junior standing; Department Chair permission.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 205 - Equine Reproduction&Management
In-depth investigation of equine reproduction and physiology, mare and stallion endocrinology, breeding techniques, processing semen, embryo transfer, parturition, neonatal foal care, and marketing in the equine industry. Prerequisite: ASCI 001, ASCI 115, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 208 - Equine Industry Issues
Case-based course enhances students' abilities to integrate information, use logical thought processes, and produce concise, organized solutions to real problems, from individual horses to industry-wide. Prerequisites: ASCI 115 or ASCI 117 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 211 - Summer Farm Management
A work-study program on the modern practices associated with farm management. Taught at Miner Institute, Chazy, NY. For students with a strong interest in farm management. Prerequisite: Junior, Senior or Graduate standing.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 213 - Dairy Herd Management
Organization and management of the dairy herd. Practical application of feeding, reproduction, milking, and general management principles. Prerequisite: Junior standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 214 - Dairy Herd Management
Organization and management of the dairy herd. Practical application of feeding, reproduction, milking, and general management principles. Prerequisite: Junior standing or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 215 - Physiology of Reproduction
Fundamental principles of the physiology of reproduction with emphasis on, but not limited to, farm animals. Prerequisite: ASCI 141 or instructor permission.
Credits: 4.
ASCI 216 - Endocrinology
Physiology of endocrine and autocrine/paracrine systems and growth factors. Prerequisites: Course in both Biology and physiology; one course in Anatomy desirable.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 220 - Lactation Physiology
Physiological mechanisms that control and affect lactation in domestic and laboratory animals with emphasis on dairy cattle. Includes mammary anatomy, development and health, and milk synthesis. Prerequisite: One chemistry course and one course in anatomy and physiology, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 230 - Agricultural Policy & Ethics
technological, social, economic, and ethical. Emphasis on contemporary issues, policy options, future developments. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission. Examines American agriculture and policies from various perspectives - historical, political, ecological,
Credits: 3.
ASCI 231 - Adv Ruminant Nutr&Dairy Feed
Integration of microbial growth and fermentation with metabolism to define nutrient requirements in ruminant animals and application to current feeding practices in dairy production systems. Prerequisite: ASCI 110.
Credits: 2.
ASCI 233 - Dairy Cattle Breeding
Setting breeding goals, making selection and mating decisions; balancing opposing forces to maximize genetic progress, and understanding the underlying genetic principles. Prerequisites: A genetics course; a Statistics course; Instructor permission.
Credits: 2.
ASCI 234 - Advanced Dairy Management
An intensive, residential program at the Miner Institute providing an in-depth experiential program in the management of the dairy herd. Prerequisites: ASCI 110, ASCI 134 or ASCI 135 or equivalents. Fifteen hours.
Credits: 15.
ASCI 252 - FARMS Senior Project
The students will conduct independent research focused on a project proposal that was developed and approved in previous course work (ASCI 156). Prerequisite: FARMS Program enrollment; ASCI 156.
Credits: 1-18.
ASCI 263 - Clin Top:Companion Animal Med
The use of case studies in companion animal medicine to develop clinical, analytical, and diagnostic skills. Prerequisite: ASCI 118; ASCI 141; Junior standing.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 264 - Clin Topics:Livestock Medicine
An advanced study of diseases in cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs, emphasizing disease detection, pathobiology, treatment and prevention. Prerequisites: ASCI 118, ASCI 141, Junior standing.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 272 - Adv Top:Zoo,Exotic,Endang Spec
An exploration of modern zoo philosophy and ethics and the extent of human intervention necessary for the preservation of endangered species. Prerequisite: ASCI 171 and Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
ASCI 297 - Advanced Special Topics
Written courses, seminars or topics beyond the scope of existing offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specifics. Prerequisite: Department Chair permission. May enroll more than once for maximum of fifteen hours.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 298 - Advanced Special Topics
Written courses, seminars or topics beyond the scope of existing offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specifics. Prerequisite: Department Chair permission. May enroll more than once for maximum of fifteen hours.
Credits: .5-15.
ASCI 301 - ASCI Graduate Journal Club
Students learn to critically read and discuss current scientific literature in terms of scientific method and merit. Pre/corequisite: Graduate standing.
Credits: 1.
ASCI 302 - ASCI Graduate Seminar
Topics of current faculty and graduate student interest presented in a seminar-discussion format. Pre/corequisite: Graduate standing.
Credits: 1.
ASCI 303 - Research Proposal Writing
Students develop and write a formal proposal for their graduate research project. Pre/co-requisite: Graduate standing; must be taken prior to/during the semester of student's first committee meeting.
Credits: 1.
ASCI 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1-10.
ASCI 392 - Independent Literature Rsch
Reading and literature research culminating in a paper on a topic of current interest in Animal Sciences.
Credits: 1-6.
ASCI 395 - Special Topics
Credits: 1-6.
ASCI 396 - Special Topics
Credits: 1-6.
ASCI 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1-12.

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