Animal Sciences, M.S.

Department

Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Arthur A. Parham, Chair
Agriculture Building, Room 232, M/S AS75
559.278.2971
www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/asae

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Agricultural Education - Agricultural Communications Option, B.S.
BS in Agricultural Education - Teacher Preparation Option, B.S.
BS in Pre Veterinary Prerequisites
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Livestock Business Mgt Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Dairy Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Equine Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Production Mgt Option-Meat Technology Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Basic Animal Science Emphasis, B.S.
BS in Animal Science - Science Option-Pre Veterinary Emphasis, B.S.
CRED in Agriculture Specialist Credential
MN in Animal Sciences, Minor
MS in Animal Sciences, M.S.

Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Prepare for the future in agricultural sciences, technology, and management with a degree in animal sciences or agricultural education. The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers options in agricultural communications, teacher preparation, science, and production management. The science option has career specialization in the areas of preprofessional (basic) animal science and preveterinary medicine. The production management option offers career specialization in the areas of dairy science, equine science, meat technology and livestock business management. Courses integrate animal evaluation, behavior, disease, environmental management, genetics, health, marketing, muscle biology, nutrition, physiology, production, and reproduction.

The agricultural education major is designed to equip students for careers as agricultural communication specialists or secondary agriculture teachers. Specializations may be developed in agricultural business, animal sciences, plant sciences, or mechanized agriculture.

Instructional Facilities

Instruction in the animal science disciplines is enhanced through practical application at the various farm laboratory units on-campus. The Beef, Dairy, Horse, Meats, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine units are maintained by our faculty and students to support this educational purpose and provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students. In addition, veterinary and physiology laboratories are utilized to complement on-campus education. A 4,300-acre livestock and range management facility and another 800 acres of rangeland in the Sierra foothills are available.

Courses

Animal Sciences & Ag Education

AGED 50. Orientation to Agricultural Education

An overview of Agricultural Education in California, including the principle components of Agricultural Education, developing academic and career plans, and observation in a secondary agricultural classroom. Two-hour lecture and three-hour school site observation laboratory. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 66. Agricultural Communications

Agricultural news and information gathering and dissemination to food producers and consumers through print/broadcast media and computer networks; mass communications writing, editing, simulated videotape presentations (Formerly AGEC 66, 166)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 80. Undergraduate Research

Open to freshmen and sophomores with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 115. FFA Activities

Organization and administration of various FFA activities. Parliamentary procedure and meeting organization; committee work and structure.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 120S. Leadrship & Communications

Students will develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and oral and writtne communication skills. Also experience the benefits of volunteerism through participation in various service learning activities within their community industries, and the university. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 135. Introduction to Agricultural Education

Survey of agricultural education in California, including qualifications for teaching agriculture, structure and content of vocational agriculture programs. Supervision of vocational youth organizations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 150. Agricultural Resources and Computer Applications

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Development and application of techniques for obtaining and using resource materials including government documents, university and experiment station reports. Development of computer skills utilized in agricultural education. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 160T. Topics in Agriculture

Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Agricultural education. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 6 units

AGED 166. Agricultural Publication Production

Application of various skills, including writing, editing and layout, in producing agricultural pulications with an emphasis on computer software applications for publishing.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

AGED 180. Undergraduate Research

Open to juniors or seniors with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGED 187. Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Agricultural Education

Prerequisite: senior standing. A study of the California and federal plans for vocational education as they pertain to agricultural education.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 189. Education in Agricultural Mechanics

Prerequisites: MEAG 15; junior standing. Strategies for organizing, teaching, and administering educational programs in agricultural mechanics for youth and adults.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

AGED 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

AGRI 280. Seminar in Agricultural Education

Maximum total credit 9 units in any given area or any combination of the three areas. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; admission to teacher preparation program; bachelor's degree in agriculture. Advanced problems in agriculture; research and experimentation in a selected area: animal science, plant science, or agricultural mechanics. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

AGRI 281. Problems in Agricultural Education

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Individual supervised research in agricultural education; appropriate reports and evaluation required. Individual conferences.

Units: 1-3

ASCI 1. Introduction to Animal Science

Overview of the livestock and poultry industry; types and breeds, world distributions, foods and products from farm animals, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, and marketing. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 11. Meat Animal Selection and Evaluation

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Basic factors involved in selection and evaluation of market animals; relationships of live market animal traits to carcass cutability and quality. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 21. Beef Cattle Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Overview of world and United States beef production. Evaluation of the structure of the beef industry (consumer, packer, retailer, feedlot, seedstock, commercial cow-calf, stocker). Discussion of genetics, nutrition, reproduction , and meat science as applied to beef cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 31. Swine Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Management principles and practices of purebred and commercial pork production. Nutrition, reproduction, environ mental management, health, marketing, selection, and records are studied. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 35. Feeds and Feeding

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Principles of nutrition; nutrients and their metabolism; comparison of qualitative nutrient requirements of non-ruminant and ruminant animals and formulating diets to meet these requirements. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 41. Sheep Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Management of purebred, commercial, and small farm flocks; principles and practices in breeding, feeding, care of ewes and lambs, and marketing of lamb and wool. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 51. Horse Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Breeds, selection, and care and feeding of light horses. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 56. Beginning Colt Training

Horse training methods for young horses, primarily ground work including leading, grooming, longeing, saddling and bridling. Emphasis on safe protocols, horse psychology and observable outcomes of training protocols. (Formerly ASCI 185T).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 57. Advanced Colt Training

Advanced training methods for young horses including ground work and basic under saddle training. Emphasis on safe protocols to create a methodical program increasing skill, ability, and confidence in both student and horse. (Formerly ASCI 185T)

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 61. Dairy Cattle Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Principles and practices of milking, feeding, breeding, evaluating, housing, health, behavior, and management of dairy cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 65. Introduction to Animal Health

The stockman's approach to animal health and disease control in domestic animals. Classification of animal diseases, their causes and appropriate treatments with emphasis on preventative medicine. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

ASCI 67. Animals and Society

Philosophical, ethical, and scientific investigation of the human/animal bond and the significance of animals in our society. Importance of animals in wellness, rehabilitation/convalescence, and stress management. Interdisciplinary investigation of controversies in animal research and human disease. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

ASCI 68. Pre-Vet Orientation

Detailed information for students preparing for veterinary school including course requirements, admission policies, application procedures, interview sessions, and career opportunities in vet medicine. (Formerly ASCI 185T)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 71. Meat Science

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Basic meats course covering topics from harvest to consumption. Discussion of meat quality versus quantity, general food safety and meat preparation. Lab will demonstrate all aspects of modern meat industry practices including harvest, fabrication and further processing. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 81. Introduction to Livestock, Meat and Dairy Evaluation

Introductory course in evaluating livestock, meat and dairy cattle. Utilizes visual and performance data in establishing the economic value of animals representing the beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horse industries. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 83. Issues and Opportunities in Animal Sciences

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Invited speakers provide insight on current industry issues. Comprehensive study of career opportunities available in animal science. Field experience is offered in specific areas. (Formerly ASCI 183).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 91. Poultry Production

Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or may be taken concurrently. Management principles and practices of commercial poultry production. Nutrition, reproduction, environmental management, health, and processing of broilers and layers. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 94. Agri Internship

Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 2.0 and instructor approval. Emphasis on acquisition through experience of practical animal production skill integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. This course is for on-campus internships at animal science related units only. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-6
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 101. Environmental Management of Farm Animals

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Basic principles of environmental management as applied to domestic farm animals. Special emphasis given to animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance. The optimal animal environment will be studied in detail.

Units: 3

ASCI 121. Advanced Beef Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 21. Prevailing and alternative management systems and techniques of beef production in the United States and California including economic analysis. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 125. Animal Genetics

Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Genetic principles and application to livestock production; basic inheritance, qualitative genetics, variation in economic traits of livestock, quantitative inheritance, selection progress; current methods of genetic livestock improvement.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 131. Advanced Swine Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 31. A comprehensive study of the swine industry. Laboratory exercises designed to improve the management decision ability of students. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 135. Animal Nutrition

Prerequisite: A SCI 35. Principles of nutrition and metabolism; digestive physiology of farm animals.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 145. Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

Prerequisite: BIOL 10 or BIOL 12. General structures of farm animals and physiological functions of organs in the animal body. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 146. Physiology of Lactation

ASCI 61, CHEM 3A. Fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of milk synthesis and secretion; milking machine systems and management; pathological and environmental factors affecting lactation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 151. Advanced Horse Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Advanced principles of horse management, reproduction, breeding systems, nutrition, facilities, business aspects, exercise physiology, training colts. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 152. Equine Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Principles of equine nutrition; digestive anatomy and physiology nutrient requirements; feed formulation, nutritional management, and diseases. (Formerly A SCI 185T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 153. Stable Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 51. An overview of horse farm and stable management theories and applications. The impact of management practices on the animal, on the environment, and on economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly A SCI 185T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 155. Animal Reproduction

Principles of reproductive physiology, associated endocrine hormones, and their application to domestic animals.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 156. Artificial Insemination Embryo Transfer

Prerequisites: ASCI 155 (may be taken concurrently). Basic principles of artificial insemination and embryo transfer with emphasis on application to cattle. (3 lab hours)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 160T. Top A Sci Stock Sch

Units: 3

ASCI 161. Advanced Dairy Farm Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 61. A comprehensive study of daily industry management strategies and practices. Exercises involve recognition of problems and recommendation of solutions associated with managing commercial dairy operations. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 162. Dairy and Meat Systems Management

Prerequisite: ASCI 61or ASCI 71. A comprehensive study of technological systems employed in commercial dairies and meat processing facilities. Exercises involve analysis of systems for application in various facilities and evaluation of dairy and meat plant santitation systems, HACCP and production/processing systems, control of food specific pathogens and their impact of these systems on the animal, food safety, and public health on environment, and on economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 163. Dairy Cattle Nutrition

Prerequisite: A SCI 135. Principles of dairy cattle nutrition. Nutritional requirements of the dairy calf through the mature cow. Special emphasis on computerized diet formulation and feed inventory control.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 164. Advanced Commercial Dairy Management Evaluation

Detailed analysis of dairy management. Procedures and methodologies in assessing dairy management productivity and profitability. Actual dairy assessment is emphasized. (Formerly ASCI 185T).

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 4 units

ASCI 165. Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals

Prerequisite: BIOL 20 or BIOL 120. Microbiological concepts related to bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases in domestic animals with emphasis on specific diseases of veterinary importance. Study of bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases in domestic animals. Discussion of disease identification, prevention, treatment and physiological processes that combat infection. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 171. Advance Meat Science

Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or ASCI 71. Basic advanced meats course: covering comprehensive study of the conversion of muscle to meat and factors that affect meat quality. Topics include muscle structure and function and muscle anatomy. Laboratory exercises involve hands-on techniques of harvest, fabrication and further processing of various products from the major species of production livestock. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 172. Meat Technology

Comprehensive study of meat science topics. Emphasis placed on food safetey and systems including HACCP and current product development efforts in the meats industry. Laboratory exercises are designed to improve student application of HACCP principles and to strengthen understanding of the vast array of new and innovative products on the market. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours.)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ASCI 180. Undergraduate Research

Open to juniors and seniors. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in animal science. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 181. Advanced Livestock, Meat and Dairy Evaluation

Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or ASCI 81 or permission of instructor. Detailed analysis of animal form related to functional efficiency, economic value, and sound livestock production management. Written and oral defense of judgments (dairy, horse, livestock, meats). (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ASCI 182. Livestock Marketing and Show Management

Development of skills in the organization, administration, and operation of livestock activities at a district fair level. Emphasis on practical application of skills. Approved for RP grading. (2 lab hours per unit)

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 4 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 185T. Topics in Animal Science

Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, livestock management. Topics may require labs.

Units: 1-4

ASCI 186. Animal Science Seminar

Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Latest developments in research; assigned papers in animal science to be presented in both oral and written form.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 187. Equestrian

Women only. (See ATHL 181)

Units: 2, Repeatable up to 99 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 194. Agricultural Internship

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and approval of internship committee. This course to be used by students doing off-campus, industry-related internships only. Emphasis on development of decision-making ability through industrial experience integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-8
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ASCI 196. Enterprise Management

Prerequisites: ASCI 21or ASCI 31 or ASCI 41 or ASCI 51 or ASCI 61 or ASCI 91; MEAG 3; or MEAG 5 or permission of instructor; concurrent participation in project program required. Theory and field application of management principles in beef, sheep, swine, horses, dairy cattle or poultry, and other appropriate animal science enterprises. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 229. Seminar

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students investigate and present current research problems. Observation and evaluation of additional assigned seminars. Oral and written reports required. (Formerly AGRI 229)

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 3 units

ASCI 240T. Topics in Animal Science

Prerequisite: upper-division animal science appropriate to study topic; permission of instructor. Investigation of topic in animal science; anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, or economics. Topics may require lab hours. (Formerly AGRI 240T)

Units: 3

ASCI 241. Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology

Prerequisite: ASCI 155. Physiology which deals with neural and hormonal integration and control of the animal body, including scientific aspects of the processes of reproduction and application of current knowledge in improving reproductive efficiency. (Formerly AGRI 241)

Units: 3

ASCI 242. Environmental Physiology of Domestic Animals

Prerequisite: A SCI 145A; permission of instructor. A study of environmental factors affecting domestic animals under field and controlled conditions. (Formerly AGRI 242)

Units: 3

ASCI 246. Ruminant Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 135, CHEM 150. Ruminant physiology of digestion, absorption, and metabolism and nutrients, and the relationship of enzymes and hormones. (Formerly AGRI 246)

Units: 3

ASCI 247. Concepts in Non-Ruminant Nutrition

Prerequisite: ASCI 135 or equivalent, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Digestion, absorption, nutrient utilization, and interrelationships in poultry, swine, and other non-ruminants. (Formerly AGRI 247)

Units: 3

ASCI 248. Meat Science and Muscle Biology

Prerequisite: ASCI 171, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Evaluation of muscle as meat; biological characteristics, growth and development of skeletal muscle, glycogen metabolism, and factors affecting quality of meat. (Formerly AGRI 248)

Units: 3

ASCI 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly AGRI 290)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

ASCI 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly AGRI 291)

Units: 2-4

ASCI 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

CI 161. Mth Mtl Agri

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 999 units

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - Agricultural

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155A. Student Teaching in Secondary School

Prerequisites: admission to the Single Subject Credential Program; CI 151, 152, and CI 159 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EHD 155A. SPED 121 Special Needs Secondary Education must be taken concurrently. Student teaching in middle school under clinical supervision; assignment requires 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday. CR/NC grading only. (Instructional materials fee, $15).

Units: 4, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EHD 155B. Student Teaching in Secondary School - Agricultural

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Requirements

Master of Science Degree Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Animal Science is a 30-unit degree program designated to extend professional competencies in animal science to professionals in the industry and to provide the first graduate degree for students anticipating advanced graduate work in the animal sciences. The curriculum is flexible to accommodate a wide variety of areas of interest in animal science. Coursework in animal science includes ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition, environment, reproduction, meats, and health. Appropriate coursework in agricultural education, chemistry, biology, food science, business, or in other areas may also be taken with approval to meet the needs of individual student programs. A thesis or a comprehensive exam can be taken. Full-time graduate students may earn the degree within two years when working closely with an adviser. To accommodate part-time students, graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Admission requirements. The Master of Science in Animal Science assumes preparation equivalent to a bachelor of science in animal science or agricultural education from an accredited institution. The preparatory baccalaureate degree must include the following courses or their equivalents:

a. ASCI 35 and three of the following five courses: ASCI 125, 135, 145, 155, 165;
b. BIOL 1A or 12
c. CHEM 1A or 3A; CHEM 8, 129A, 150
d. undergraduate level statistics course; and
e. two animal science production courses.

The above courses or equivalents must be completed prior to enrollment in courses that will be applied to the master's program.

Admission to unclassified postbaccalaureate standing by the university does not imply acceptance in the Master of Science in Animal Science program.

Applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Admission materials. To be considered for admission to the graduate program, the candidate must submit the following materials: evidence of a baccalaureate degree in animal science or agricultural education, or in a related field with appropriate preparatory coursework from an accredited institution; official transcripts of all college work, scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE); university application for graduate/postbaccalaureate admission to the Graduate Admissions Office; three letters of reference from employers or faculty at the university attended most recently; and a statement of 500 words or less indicating reasons for pursuing a master's degree.

Program admission criteria. Candidates for admission will be evaluated using the following criteria: undergraduate coursework, grade point average of 3.0 or better on the last 60 semester units, recommended GRE scores (480V/580Q are equivalent to the 50th percentile), 500-word statement of professional goals, and three letters of recommendation. Students lacking in any area with compensating strengths in other areas are encouraged to apply.

Classified standing will be granted to students who meet all of the program admission criteria. Conditional classified standing may be granted to applicants with a 2.75-2.99 GPA (last 60 semester units) and/or those required to complete prerequisite coursework. Prerequisite coursework is not included in the 30-unit master's program. Students must request classified standing in the program by the semester in which a maximum of 10 units to be used toward the degree are completed.

Program Requirements

The student, under the direction of a graduate adviser, prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the following framework:

Core (12 units)
AGRI 200 (or BIOL 274), 201, 220; ASCI 229 (1+1+1)

Electives (14 units)
100-200 level courses with prior approval of adviser and thesis committee. Courses may be chosen from the following:
ASCI 240T, 241, 246, 247, 248, 290
AGRI 280, 281
CHEM 150, 153, 156
Courses in agriculture, business, food science, biology, or other

Culminating experience (0-4 units)
Thesis (4 units) or Comprehensive Exam (0 units)

Total minimum requirements (30 units)

Graduate Advising Notes

  1. Several of the 200-level and approved elective courses have prerequisites other than courses listed as admission requirements.
  2. Students must request specific information concerning the program from the department office.
  3. Upon admission, students should see the graduate coordinator for assistance in program planning, selection of graduate adviser, and selection of a thesis committee.
  4. To progress through the graduate program, the student must do the following: (a.) Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (b.) Complete all prerequisite coursework (c.) Attain classified standing (d.) Meet university graduate writing requirement by passing the writing component of AGRI 220 (contact the department office or the graduate coordinator for more information) (e.) File for advancement to candidacy (f.) Complete the program requirements (g.) File a master's thesis committee assignment form (h.) Formally present and defend the thesis research results or pass a comprehensive examination
  5. Advancement to candidacy requires the completion of 9 program units in residence (minimum GPA of 3.0), meeting the university graduate writing skills requirement, departmental requirements, and filing a petition of advancement to candidacy no later than one semester prior to enrollment in thesis and by the deadline.
  6. Thesis students may apply a maximum of 2 units of independent study to the master's program.
  7. A maximum of 9 units of 100-level courses may be used to meet degree requirements.
  8. See Division of Graduate Studies in this catalog for university requirements.

Faculty

The faculty represent diverse specializations in the disciplines of animal science and teacher training. With doctoral degrees from many of the nation's most prestigious agricultural universities, the faculty have combined philosophies of undergraduate education, research, curriculum development, industry relations, and career placement into a unique program. Their experience allows for the combination of the practical and theoretical aspects of the animal sciences to provide an education second to none. Students select an adviser who assists in both academic and career planning on an individual basis. The faculty place a high priority on strong teacher-student relationships.

Name Degree Email Phone
Cordeiro, John F Master of Science johnc@csufresno.edu 559.278.2804
Ganci, Michelle L Master of Science mganci@csufresno.edu 559.278.2540
Henson, John Doctor of Philosophy jhenson@csufresno.edu 559.278.3921
Henson, Judy K Master of Science jkhenson@csufresno.edu
McKeith, Amanda G Doctor of Philosophy amckeith@csufresno.edu
McKenna, Stephanie D Master of Science sstilwell@csufresno.edu
OBannon, Gayle S Doctor of Veterinary Medicine gobannon@csufresno.edu
Parham, Arthur A Doctor of Philosophy artp@csufresno.edu 559.278.4332
Perry, Randy C Doctor of Philosophy randyp@csufresno.edu 559.278.4793
Person, Ryan C Master of Science rperson@csufresno.edu
Robison, Jon D Doctor of Philosophy jonr@csufresno.edu 559.278.2873
Rocca, Steven Doctor of Philosophy srocca@csufresno.edu 559.278.5088
Thomas, Michael W Doctor of Veterinary Medicine michaelt@csufresno.edu 559.278.4288
Vaughn, Rosco C Doctorate of Education rvaughn@csufresno.edu 559.278.5067
Williamson, Scott A Doctor of Philosophy scottwi@csufresno.edu 559.278.2799