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UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2017

Subject: 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. Prerequisite: Animal Science major or Instructor permission.

ASCI 005 - Intro to the Horse

Starting with evolution and domestication and progressing to current breeds, colors, uses, health, and management of horses, students gain a basic understanding of one of our most beloved domestic animals. No prior horse experience or knowledge is required.

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.

ASCI 021 - Horse Barn Cooperative

Develops skills in the practical aspects of equine management of individual horses and horses maintained in a group setting using hands-on experiences and peer teaching. Students care for their own horse or an Animal Science horse. Prerequisites: For students currently accepted into the UVM Horse Barn Cooperative Program or currently enrolled in ASCI 121; Instructor permission.

ASCI 097 - Introductory Special Topics

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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.

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. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing.

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.

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. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; Instructor permission.

ASCI 122 - Animals in Soc/Animal Welfare

Designed to heighten awareness and understanding of human-animal relationships in society, agriculture, and science. Prerequisites: Animal Science major; Sophomore standing.

ASCI 129 - Horse Barn Coop Exec Committee

Student leaders, chosen by their Horse Barn Cooperative peers and Horse Barn Faculty Advisor(s), oversee the management of the UVM Horse Barn, including facilities, schedule, events, horse care, and student responsibilities. Students are supported by the Horse Barn Faculty Advisor(s). Prerequisites: ASCI 021 and Instructor permission.


A two-semester course in which students perform the work and make the financial and management decisions associated with the CREAM dairy herd. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; Instructor permission.

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-requisite: PSS 010 or one semester Biology or one semester Plant Biology or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PSS 143.

ASCI 156 - Dairy Management Seminar

Seminar course addresses research, policy, and production topics in the dairy industry and develops leadership roles through guest speakers, field trips, and group projects. Prerequisites: Minimum Junior standing or with Instructor permission any student interested in dairy industry.

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.

ASCI 181 - Animal Science Career Seminar

Discussion and workshop activities exploring careers in animal and food science. Includes resume preparation and interview training. Prerequisite: Animal Science major.

ASCI 185 - Biochem for Life & Health Sci

Exploring biological processes at the molecular level and how they are controlled. Topics include enzymes, gene expression, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Prerequisite: CHEM 042; or CHEM 141 and CHEM 142; or other acceptable coursework in organic chemistry. Cross-listed with: BIOC 185, NFS 183, PBIO 185.

ASCI 187 - BiochemLab for Life&Health Sci

Introduction to techniques used to explore fundamental biochemistry concepts including enzyme kinetics, lipids, carbohydrate chemistry, and gene expression. Includes spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry. Pre-Co-requisites:PBIO 185, BIOC 185, ASCI 185, or NFS 183. Cross-listed with: BIOC 187, NFS 187, PBIO 187.

ASCI 191 - Intermediate Special Topics

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ASCI 194 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASCI 195 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Total credits towards graduation cannot exceed 15 hours.

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). Prerequisites: FARMS program enrollment; Senior standing.

ASCI 263 - Clin Top:Companion Animal Med

The use of case studies in companion animal medicine to develop clinical, analytical, and diagnostic skills. Prerequisites: ASCI 118, ASCI 141; Junior standing.

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.

ASCI 294 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASCI 296 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASCI 297 - Advanced Special Topics

Written courses, seminars or topics beyond the scope of existing offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Department Chair permission. May enroll more than once for maximum of fifteen hours.

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.

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.

ASCI 322 - One Health: Zoonoses

Zoonoses and vector-born disease account for the majority of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Students will learn about the drivers that influence infection in animals and humans, tools used for disease monitoring and prevention, and policies and programs aimed at prevention. Cross-listed with: PH 322.