Animal Sciences (ANSC) is the application of experimental investigation, cutting edge technology, and other scientific principles for the advancement of efficient and environmentally friendly animal agriculture and improved food quality and safety. Students receive training in both basic and applied agricultural systems, as well as in animal sciences. The present program focuses on pre-veterinary training with most emphasis on swine, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, and pond aquaculture production and management systems. Students are also exposed to the challenges of proper care/welfare and management of pets and companion animals (including horses), marine mammals, exotic wildlife and/or zoo animals. Unlike most continental United States institutions, the emphasis of the present program is on tropical production systems with particular reference to the Pacific Basin or other sub-tropical regions.
Upon entering the program, students will be assisted by academic advisers to identify their career objectives and select an appropriate option for study.
All ANSC majors are required to report for advising prior to registration each semester.
Student Learning Outcomes for ANSC Bachelor's Program:
- Know and understand the basic principles of applied animal biology.
- Understand the fundamental tenets of animal science disciplines including genetics, growth and development, meat science and muscle biology, comparative nutrition, feeds and feeding, anatomy, basic and environmental physiology, endocrinology and reproduction.
- Apply knowledge to the basic understanding and application of appropriate husbandry best practices to animals of economic value.
- Read and be able to analyze scientific or technical papers critically.
- Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
- Develop problem-solving skills for lifetime learning.
- Understand the importance of good citizenship in both personal and professional habits.
- Understand the scientific method and design of experiments to test hypotheses and as such experience the process of discovery.
- Explore the relationship between applied animal biology and society, including contemporary ethical issues raised by animal research, the use of animals by humans, and the role and impact of animal agriculture and applied animal biology on the planet.
- Recognize and use appropriate technologies, such as computer applications and laboratory methodologies.