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UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2019

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 038 - Understanding & Speaking Dog

With dogs as a model, explores the impact of genetic modification and selection, neonatal to adult development of the brain, the science of how the brain learns, human involvement and its impact, and the factual language of dogs. Prerequisite: Animal Science major or minor, Psychological Science major.

ASCI 092 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASCI 095 - 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.

ASCI 097 - Introductory Special Topics

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ASCI 098 - 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 or ASCI 005.

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

After an introduction to equine anatomy and physiology, students are presented with common diseases and their corresponding description, cause, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention. Weekly small-group case studies highlight core principles. Optional hands-on opportunities at UVM Horse Barn. Prerequisite: ASCI 001 or ASCI 005.

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: ASCI 001 or ASCI 005.

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.

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. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; Instructor permission.

ASCI 143 - Forage and Pasture Mgmnt

Forage crops and grasslands play a central role in sustainable and diversified agriculture. Covers the scientific principles and practical applications of the production, management, and utilization of perennial and annual forage crops used by livestock and equine. Pre/co-requisite: BIOL 001 or BIOL 002 or BCOR 011 or BCOR 012 or PBIO 004 or PBIO 006 or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PSS 143.

ASCI 154 - Canine Behavior

Identify, assess and treat/manage canine behavior issues. Learn bite prevention, interviewing and communication skills. Formulate and implement treatment plan or alternative options. Analyze efficacy of plan. Theoretical hands-on practice. Prerequisite: ASCI 038.

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 187 - Intro to Biochemistry: Lab

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 201, or NFS 183. Cross-listed with: BIOC 187, NFS 187, PBIO 187.

ASCI 191 - Intermediate Special Topics

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ASCI 193 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

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 198 - 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. Prerequisites: Junior standing; Department Chair permission.

ASCI 216 - Endocrinology

Physiology of endocrine and autocrine/paracrine systems and growth factors. Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or BCOR 011 and ASCI 141 or ANPS 019 or ANPS 020.

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 265 - Clin Topics Equine Med & Surg

Students work through medical and surgical cases from chief complaint to treatment, prognosis and prevention. Diagnostic techniques and treatment options prioritized. Hands-on opportunities include physical, orthopedic, and neurologic exams, as well as field trips to local equine facilities and the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. Prerequisite: ASCI 117.

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 295 - 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.

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 298 - 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 discuss and practice the grant/proposal writing process by developing and writing a research proposal in response to a specific request for proposals. Students practice grant writing and review, and they share their work and review the work of others. Pre/Co-requisites: Graduate standing; recommended be taken prior to/during the semester of student's first committee meeting.