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Courses - Spring 2019
ANSC
Animal Science
The following courses may involve the use of animals. Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to contact the instructor, prior to course enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required and what alternatives, if any, are available.
ANSC101
Principles of Animal Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A comprehensive overview of the application of biology in the care and use of animals that live in close association with humans including food animals, companion animals, lab animals, zoo animals, etc. The role of science in modern food production using animals will be emphasized.
ANSC103
Principles of Animal Science Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ANSC101.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Pol-Environment & Agriculture; Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine; Agricultural Science and Technology) ; or must be in a major within the AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; or permission of department required for students in other College of AGNR programs.
Laboratory focusing on the application of biology in the care and use o animals that live in close association with humans including food animals, companion animals, lab animals, zoo animals, etc. Labs will include live animals. Offered in fall semester only.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
ANSC115
Careers in the Animal Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103.
Discussion of current employment opportunities in Animal Science, primarily by invited speakers. In addition, students will have the opportunity to prepare resumes and improve oral presentation skills while working with their peers.
ANSC212
Applied Animal Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC211; or (ANSC204 and ANSC205); or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
The physiology of domesticated animals with emphasis on functions related to homeostasis, and the physiological adaptation to environmental influences.
ANSC214
Applied Animal Physiology Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ANSC212.
Application of physiological laboratory techniques to domestic and lab animals.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC227
Eating with Eyes Wide Open
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Students will investigate the tension that is created by trade-offs that, knowingly or not, are made by consumers relative to agricultural production methods and dietary choices. Course will inform students about their food supply so they can make informed decisions and practice intentional or informed eating.
ANSC232
Horse Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103.
Credit only granted for: ANSC232 or ANSC332.
Formerly: ANSC332.
An introductory course on the care, management, and use of horses. Major topics include the industry, breeds, conformation, feeding, health, reproduction, facilities and business.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC235
Applied Small Ruminant Parturition
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ANSC101 and ANSC103.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Animal Sciences: Animal Care & Management; Animal Sciences: Equine Studies; Animal Sciences: Laboratory Animal Care; Animal Sciences: Sciences/Preprofessional; Animal Sciences: Animal Biotechnology; Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine).
Popularly known as "Lamb Watch", the course provides an immersion environment for learning and understanding pre- and post-natal care of ewes and lambs through direct, hands-on involvement in the birthing process and care of the neonate through weaning. Covered topics include zoonoses, basic reproductive physiology of the sheep, normal and abnormal delivery, management of lambs, qualitative assessment, breeding principles, etc.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC237
Equine Reproductive Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANSC232.
Credit only granted for: ANSC237 or INAG233.
Additional information: Course participation will include nightly checks of mares in the two weeks prior to parturition, and out-of-class time imprinting and working with newborn foals.
Students learn the fundamental skills necessary to manage an equine breeding herd including anatomy/physiology of genital tracts, estrus detection, manipulation of the estrous cycle, semen collection, pre- and post-foaling techniques, infertility, and health and nutrition of the mare, foal and stallion. Students will be required to spend ~ 30 hours during the spring semester caring for broodmares and foals and attending at least one foaling and estrous detection checks on broodmares outside of regularly scheduled class time.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC250
Companion Animal Care and Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: ANSC250 and ANSC305.
Formerly: ANSC305.
Care and management of the companion small animals. Species covered include the cat, dog, rodents, lagomorphs, reptiles, amphibians, birds and others as class interest and schedule dictate. Basic description, evolutionary development, breeding, nutritional and environmental requirements, and public health aspects will be presented for each species.
ANSC260
Laboratory Animal Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103.
Credit only granted for: ANSC260 or ANSC413.
Formerly: ANSC413.
A comprehensive course in care and management of laboratory animals. Topics covered include regulations governing the use of animals in research, laboratory animal facility design and management, animal research models, animal health management and husbandry, responsibilities of lab animal workers and career opportunities in the field. Hands-on labs focus on lab animal handling, husbandry and common techniques. Field trips are required, and you must attend a minimum number of field trips which will be held during lab time.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC282
Grazing Animal Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: ANSC110, ANSC282, or INAG116.
Formerly: ANSC110.
For students interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in pasture management, grazing management of livestock (large and small ruminants, horses), and hay production. Fundamental information regarding best management practices for soils, plants, and grazing livestock will be covered
ANSC315
Applied Animal Nutrition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC314.
Elements of nutrition, source characteristics and adaptability of various feedstuffs to several classes of livestock. A study of the composition of feeds, nutrient requirements and computerized formulation of economic diets and rations for livestock.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC327
Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC101, CHEM131, and ANSC103. And BSCI105; or (BSCI170 and BSCI171).
Classical, molecular, and population genetics with specific emphasis on animal systems will be covered. Also, disseminate information on molecular approaches for manipulating genetics at the whole animal level (transgenic and cloning). Other model organisms will be discussed to provide a conceptual framework.
ANSC359
(Perm Req)
Internship Experience in Animal and Avian Sciences
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ANSC220, ANSC232, ANSC242, ANSC250, ANSC255, ANSC260, or ANSC262. Restriction: Must be in a major within the AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; and permission of instructor.
ANSC379
(Perm Req)
Animal Science Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Seminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
ANSC388
(Perm Req)
ANSC389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC399
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Animal Science
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC435
Experimental Embryology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ANSC212.
Recommended: Completion of one course in reproductive physiology is recommended.
Credit only granted for: ANSC435 or ANSC489M.
Formerly: ANSC489M.
Experimental approaches to mammalian embryology with emphasis on domestic livestock systems as applied to research and production systems. Lab will include hands-on experiments and demos of in vitro embryo production, embryo splitting, cell injection and nuclear transfer.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
ANSC440
Zoonotic Diseases and Control
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: BSCI223, ANSC212, ANSC327, BSCI222, BSCI421, or NFSC430; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: ANSC440 or ANSC489R.
Formerly: ANSC489R.
Global perspective of foodborne diseases common to animals and man, specifically those caused by farm animal-originated human pathogens (zoonoses) and their control. A selection of important zoonoses and food safety issues will be specifically covered with an emphasis on the principles of zoonotic disease transmission and control, risk factors to humans, and surveillance methods.
ANSC452
Avian Physiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC212.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The digestive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, immune, skeletal muscle, endocrine and nervous systems of avian species will be examined.
ANSC453
Animal Welfare and Bioethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; or BSCI106; or (BSCI160 and BSCI161); or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Ethical concerns related to the use of animals in modern society. Historical and philosophical overview of animal welfare and bioethics. Applied ethical discussions on human/animal interrelationships, physical and genetic manipulation, and other current issues associated with the treatment of animals used in food production, research, zoos, and as pets.
ANSC489
Current Topics in Animal Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC489A
Current Topics in Animal Science; Animal Health Policy and Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: ANSC225 and ANSC340. Restriction: Must be in a major within the AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; or permission of AGNR-VA-MD Regional Col Veterinary Med. An introduction to animal health policy with emphasis on understanding how science and politics interact and influence animal health policy and how veterinarians and animal scientists can effectively communicate science to non-scientists such as legislators and policymakers.
ANSC489O
Current Topics in Animal Science; Nutritional Aspects of Metabolic Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ANSC101, CHEM131, and BSCI105 or equivalent.

Biochemical and physiological fundamentals of nutrition. Discussion of protein, fat, carbohydrate, energy, minerals, and vitamins and their roles and interrelationships in nutrition, metabolism, and diseases in humans and animals. The course will use recommended texts for foundation.
ANSC627
Molecular and Quantitative Genetics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Classical, molecular, and population genetics with specific emphasis on animal systems will be covered. Also, disseminate information on molecular approaches for manipulating genetics at the whole animal level (transgenic and cloning). Other model organisms will be discussed to provide a conceptual framework.
ANSC660
Poultry Literature
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Readings on individual topics are assigned. Written reports required. Methods of analysis and presentation of scientific material are discussed.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC688J
Special Topics; Zoonotic Diseases and Control
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisites: BSCI223; recommended NFSC430; or permission of instructor.

Lectures will take a global perspective of foodborne diseases common to animals and man, specifically those caused by farm animal-originated human pathogens (zoonoses) and their control. A selection of important zoonoses and food safety issues will be specifically covered with an emphasis on the principles of zoonotic disease transmission and control, risk factors to humans, and surveillance mehtods.
ANSC688O
Special Topics; Nutritional Aspects of Metabolic Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prequisite: ANSC101, CHEM131, and BSCI105 or equivalent.

Biochemical and physiological fundamentals of nutrition. Discussion of protein, fat, carbohydrate, energy, minerals, and vitamins and their roles and interrelationships in nutrition, metabolism, and diseases in humans and animals. The course will use recommended texts for foundation.
ANSC688W
Special Topics; Advanced Animal Welfare
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ANSC698C
Seminar; Recent Advances in Animal and Avian Sciences
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ANSC699
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Animal Science
Credits: 1 - 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ANSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.