The Department of Animal & Avian Sciences Campus Farm Revitalization Project The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Undergraduate Courses

 

The curriculum in Animal and Avian Sciences offers a broad background in general education, basic sciences and modern agricultural sciences, with the opportunity for students to emphasize an area of discipline in which they are specifically interested. The 120 required semester hours are divided among the university general-education (CORE) requirements, electives and the following major courses:

Number Course Name Semester Offered Core Prerequisite
ANSC101 Principles of Animal Science Fall Every Year Yes none
ANSC103 Principles of Animal Science Laboratory Fall Every Year ANSC101 as pre or co-requisite. MUST BE ANSC MAJOR.
ANSC110 Pasture Management and Hay Production Spring EVEN Years Only
ANSC211 Anatomy of Domestic Animals Fall Every Year Yes ANSC101 and ANSC103; BSCI105
ANSC212 Applied Animal Physiology Spring Every Year Yes ANSC211 or equivalent
ANSC214 Applied Animal Physiology Laboratory Spring Every Year Yes ANSC212 as pre or co-requisite
ANSC220 Livestock Management Fall EVEN Years Only ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC225 Love Me, Hate Me, Use Me, Save Me: Our Conflicting Views of Animals Fall Every Year
ANSC232 Horse Management Spring Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC233 Equine Behavior Fall EVEN Years Only ANSC232
ANSC235 Lamb Watch Spring Every Year Grade of C+ or better in ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC236 Equine Business Management Spring ODD Years Only ANSC232 Req. AREC250 Recommended
ANSC237 Equine Reproduction Spring Every Year ANSC232
ANSC242 Dairy Cattle Management Fall ODD Years Only ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC244 Dairy Cattle Type Appraisal Spring ODD Years Only
ANSC250 Companion Animal Care and Management Spring Every Year BSCI105
ANSC252 Introduction to Diseases of Wildlife Fall Every Year BSCI105 or Permission of Dept.
ANSC255 Introduction to Aquaculture Fall Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103; BSCI105
ANSC260 Laboratory Animal Management Spring Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC262 Commercial Poultry Management Spring EVEN Years Only ANSC101 and ANSC103
ANSC275 Intro to Veterinary Medical Science and Practice Fall Every Year BSCI105 and/orANSC101
ANSC314 Comparative Animal Nutrition Fall Every Year Yes ANSC101 and ANSC103; CHEM 104 or 231
ANSC315 Applied Animal Nutrition Spring Every Year ANSC314
ANSC327 Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetics Spring Every Year Yes ANSC101 and ANSC103; BSCI105; CHEM131
ANSC330 Equine Science Fall Every Year ANSC232; recommended ANSC 211 and 212
ANSC340 Health Management of Animal Populations Spring Every Year BSCI223; and (ANSC220, ANSC232, ANSC242, ANSC250, ANSC255, ANSC260, or ANSC262). Recommended: ANSC212
ANSC386 Experiential Learning Fall and Spring Every Year Permission of Dept.
ANSC388 Honors Thesis Research Contact the Dept Contact the Department Admission to AGNR Honors Program
ANSC398 Seminar-Research Spring Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103; Permission of Dept.
ANSC399 Special Problems in Animal Science Fall and Spring Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103; Permission of Dept.
ANSC420 Critical Thinking in Animal Science Course no longer offered Course no longer offered ANSC314 and Junior level standing. Recommended: AREC250, AREC306.
ANSC435 Experimental Embryology Spring Every Year ANSC212; recommended Reproductive Physiology
ANSC437 Animal Biotechnology Fall ODD Years Only ANSC327
ANSC443 Physiology and Biochemistry of Lactation Spring EVEN Years Only ANSC212 and CHEM231/232 or equivalent
ANSC444/644 Domestic Animal Endocrinology Spring ODD Years Only ANSC212 or Permission of Dept.
ANSC446 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Fall Every Year BSCI440 or ANSC212
ANSC447 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory Fall Every Year ANSC446 as pre or co-requisite
ANSC450 Animal Breeding Plans Spring ODD Years Only Prerequisite: BIOM301 or equivalent. Junior standing.
ANSC452 Avian Physiology Spring ODD Years Only ANSC212
ANSC453 Animal Welfare and Bioethics Spring Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103; BSCI106
ANSC455 Applied Animal Behavior Fall Every Year ANSC101 and ANSC103 OR BSCI106 and BSCI222
ANSC460 (formerly ANSC489I) Comparative Vertebrate Immunology Fall EVEN Years Only ANSC212 or BSCI201 or BSCI440
ANSC489 Current Topics in Animal Science Contact the Dept Contact the Department Permission of Dept.
ANSC497 Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory Winter Every Year ANSC327; Reccommended ANSC435 and 437


Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ANSC101 - Principles of Animal Science - 2 Credits
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. 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. Labs will include live animals.

ANSC103 - Principles of Animal Science Laboratory - 1 Credit
Pre- or corequisite: ANSC101. Restricted to ANSC, AGNR(01010), ENSP(2299T), and VTMD(1299D). Other students in the College of AGNR can contact the department for permission to enroll. Laboratory focusing on 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. Labs will include live animals. Offered in fall semester only.

ANSC110 - Pasture Management and Hay Production - 2 Credits
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ANSC110 or INAG116. Identification of forage species suitable for grazing and hay production for horses and other livestock. Crop production including: fertilization and nutrient management, irrigation and drought management, grazing management, weed identification and control, facility layout and design.

ANSC211 - Anatomy of Domestic Animals - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101, ANSC103 and BSCI105. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. A systematic gross and microscopic comparative study of the anatomy of the major domestic animals. Special emphasis is placed on those systems important in animal production.

ANSC212 - Applied Animal Physiology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC211 or equivalent. - The physiology of domesticated animals with emphasis on functions related to homeostasis, and the physiological adaptation to environmental influences.

ANSC214 - Applied Animal Physiology Laboratory - 1 Credit
Pre or co-requisite: ANSC212. - Three hours of laboratory per week. Application of physiological laboratory techniques to domestic and lab animals.

ANSC220 - Livestock Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. - Three hours of lecture per week. Management of meat animals including beef, sheep, and swine. This course will emphasize obtaining optimal efficiency of production through the integration of leading edge breeding, feeding, management, and marketing practices.

ANSC225 - Love Me, Hate Me, Use Me, Save Me: Our Conflicting Views of Animals - 3 Credits
Examine the evolution of human-animal relationships and consider some of the major social an scientific debates that have arisen in the last century as a result of our rapidly changing and diverse views about animals.

ANSC232 - Horse Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. - Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. An introductory course on the care, management, and use of horses. Major topics include the industry, breeds, conformation, feeding, health, reproduction, facilities and business

ANSC233 - Equine Behavior - 2 Credits
ANSC232. - Both normal and anomalous behavior of horses will be covered. Emphasis will be given to techniques based on knowledge of behavior that are known to be safe and effective in handling horses.

ANSC235 - Lamb Watch - 2 Credits
One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: grade of C/2.0 or better in ANSC101, ANSC103 and permission of department. Not open to students who have completed "Lamb Watch". 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.

ANSC236 - Equine Business Management - 3 Credits

ANSC237 - Equine Reproduction - 2 Credits

ANSC242 - Dairy Cattle Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC220. - All aspects of dairy production, including nutrition, reproduction, mastitis control, milking management, farmstead facilities, financial management and forage production.

ANSC244 - Dairy Cattle Type Appraisal - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Permission of Dept. - Two laboratory periods. Analysis of dairy cattle type with emphasis on the comparative judging of dairy cattle.

ANSC250 - Companion Animal Care and Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BSCI105. - 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.

ANSC252 - Introduction to Diseases of Wildlife - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BSCI105 or equivalent or Permission of Dept.. - Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. The principal diseases of North American wildlife will be briefly considered. For each disease, specific attention will be given to the following: signs evidenced by the affected animal or bird, causative agent, means of transmission and effects of the disease on the population of the species involved.

ANSC255 - Introduction to Aquaculture - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; BSCI105 - Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Introduces the art and science of rearing aquatic animals and the essential principles of aquaculture. Students receive hands-on training in the methods required for successful husbandry and management of aquatic animals in their water environment.

ANSC260 - Laboratory Animal Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. - Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory work per week. A comprehensive course in care and management of laboratory animals. Emphasis will be placed on physiology, anatomy and special uses for the different species. Disease prevention and regulations for maintaining animal colonies will be covered. Field trips will be required.

ANSC262 - Commercial Poultry Management - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. - Four hours of lecture per week. Theory and science of rearing poultry and marketing poultry meat and eggs in the commercial sector. Includes current issues, organization of the industry, as well as fundamental biology of the domestic chicken. Field trips to commercial poultry operations are required.

ANSC275 - Intro to Veterinary Medical Science and Practice - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BSCI105 and/or ANSC101. The fundamentals of clinical veterinary medical practice and the research that supports it. Topics presented will include the histology, gross anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, digestive, renal and neurological systems as they relate to the description of specific disease states taught in this course. Additionally, examples of diseases caused by pathologic disturbances to these systems will be discussed, as well as the basic principles of preventative health care, diagnostic testing and pharmacologic intervention. Significant attention will be given to research in veterinary science and the practice of evidence-based medicine. This course is intended for any student interested in veterinary medicine, animal physiology, or medical science.

ANSC314 - Comparative Animal Nutrition - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101, ANSC103 and CHEM104 or CHEM231. - Three hours of lecture per week. The fundamental role and implications of dietary preference, gastrointestinal physiology and nutrients in animal nutrition. Biochemical roles of nutrients in metabolism, digestion, absorption and assimilation as it relates to various life processes.

ANSC315 - Applied Animal Nutrition - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC314. - Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. 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.

ANSC327 - Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetics - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101, ANSC103, BSCI105, and CHEM131. - 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.

ANSC330 - Equine Science - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC232 or Permission of Instructor. Recommended: ANSC211 and ANSC212. - Scientific principles of horse behavior, anatomy, physiology, locomotion, nutrition, reproduction, growth, health and as applied to horses are emphasized.

ANSC340 - Health Management of Animal Populations - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BSCI223; and (ANSC220, ANSC232, ANSC242, ANSC250, ANSC255, ANSC260, or ANSC262). Recommended: ANSC212
Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ANSC340 or ANSC412. - Two hours of lecture and two hours of discussion/recitation per week. Formerly ANSC 412. A study of common and emerging animal diseases and their prevention and control. The main focus will be on livestock and poultry diseases. However, zoonotic, wildlife, and laboratory animal diseases will also be discussed along with risk assessment, bioterrorism counter-measures, and animal welfare, especially as these topics interface or impact animals used in food production.

ANSC386 - Experiential Learning - 3-6 Credits
Prerequisite: Permission of Dept. and Junior standing.

ANSC388 - Honors Thesis Research - 3-6 Credits
Prerequisite: Admission to AGNR Honors Program. - Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. Undergraduate honors thesis research conducted under the direction of an AGNR faculty member in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the College of AGNR Honors Program. The thesis will be defended to a faculty committee.

ANSC398 - Seminar-Research - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. - Repeatable to 02 credits if content differs. Presentation and discussion of current literature and research work in animal science.

ANSC399 - Special Problems in Animal Science - 1-2 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103, Permission of Dept. and Junior standing. - Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. Study/work is designed to be proportional to the amount of credit. Students are expected to develop an abstract, fact sheet, manuscript, oral presentation, poster, webpage, journal-log, or other scholarly product associated with their study/project.

ANSC420 - Critical Thinking in Animal Science - 3 Credits
Course no longer being offered.

ANSC435 - Experimental Embryology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC212. Recommended: Reproductive Physiology. - Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ANSC435 or ANSC489M. Formerly ANSC 489M. 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.

ANSC437 - Animal Biotechnology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC327 or equivalent. - Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. Key concepts and current issues in animal biotechnology are covered. Current techniques and applications systems as well as social, ethical, and regulatory issues associated with biotechnology will be discussed.

ANSC443 - Physiology and Biochemistry of Lactation - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC212 and BCHM463 or equivalent. - Three hours of lecture per week. The physiology and biochemistry of milk production in domestic animals, particularly cattle. Mammary gland development and maintenance from the embryo to the fully developed lactating gland. Abnormalities of the mammary gland.

ANSC444/644 - Domestic Animal Endocrinology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC212 or Permission of Instructor. - Three hours of lecture per week. Current developments in endocrinology as it relates to animals used in the production of food and other products important to the well being of humans will be covered.

ANSC446 - Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BSCI440 or ANSC212. - Three hours of lecture per week. Anatomy and physiology of reproductive processes in domesticated and wild mammals.

ANSC447 - Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory - 1 Credit
Pre or co-requisite: ANSC446. - Three hours of laboratory per week. Gross and micro-anatomy, artificial insemination, estrous cycle synchronization and in vitro-fertilization procedures and analytical techniques useful in animal management and reproductive research.

ANSC450 - Animal Breeding Plans - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: BIOM301 or equivalent and Junior standing. - Design of animal breeding programs for the genetic improvement of livestock and companion animal species. Principles of population and quantitative genetics. Genetic evaluations of animals, selection strategies and crossbreeding systems. Incorporation of advanced statistics and biotechnology into animal breeding plans.

ANSC452 - Avian Physiology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC212. 60 semester hours. - Two two-hour lecture/ laboratory/demonstration periods per week. One hour lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. The digestive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, immune, skeletal muscle, endocrine and nervous systems of avian species will be examined.

ANSC453 - Animal Welfare and Bioethics - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103 or BSCI106 or Permission of Instructor. Junior standing. - Ethical concerns related to the use of animals 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.

ANSC455 - Applied Animal Behavior - 3 Credits
Prerequisites: ANSC101 and ANSC103 OR BSCI106 and BSCI222. - Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Principles of animal behavior applied to production systems in animal agriculture.

ANSC460 (formerly ANSC489I) - Comparative Vertebrate Immunology - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC212 or BSCI201 or BSCI440. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ANSC460 or ANSC489I. Formerly ANSC489I. Basic concepts in immunology, and comparing immunity in different vertebrates, including organization of immune systems, innate and adaptive immune responses. Special attention will be paid to how cell-mediated and humoral immune responses are induced in natural infections, and what are the effector mechanisms in both of these processes. Immune response in representative disease models such as infections with viruses and bacteria, cancer, and autoimmune disease will be discussed. Lectures concerning cutting-edge research will also be given.

ANSC489 - Current Topics in Animal Science - 1-3 Credits
Prerequisite: Permission of Dept. - Repeatable to 06 credits if content differs. Examination of current developments in the animal sciences.

ANSC497 - Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory - 3 Credits
Prerequisite: ANSC327 or equivalent. Recommended: ANSC435 and ANSC437. - One hour of lecture and five hours of laboratory per week. An advanced course offering hands-on experience in performing recombinant DNA experiments. Current molecular biology techniques used for cloning genes, analyzing the gene products, and modifying the genes of animals will be performed. Techniques include isolation of DNA, use of restriction enzymes; cloning procedures, PCR analysis, and Southern hybridizations. Lecture material focuses on interpretation of results generated in the laboratory.