Department of Animal Science

http://animalscience.tamu.edu/

Head: H. R. Cross

Advanced study in animal science offers preparation for a future in teaching, research, extension, livestock and dairy production, and in industries involving food technology, livestock products and livestock management. Majors offered are:
 

Animal breeding: MS and PhD

Animal science: MS, MAgr and PhD

Equine industry management: MEIM

Food science and technology: MS, MAgr and PhD

Genetics: MS and PhD

Nutrition: MS and PhD

Physiology of reproduction: MS and PhD

The animal science subject matter fields are strongly supported by coursework in agricultural economics, biochemistry, biophysics, biology, genetics, statistics, and in veterinary anatomy, microbiology, parasitology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology and public health.

Laboratories available for graduate research include cytogenetics, genomics, food technology, meat science, nutrition, molecular biology and reproductive physiology. The Robert Justus Kleberg, Jr. Animal and Food Science Center provides 39 laboratories for research and graduate training. Special equipment available in these laboratories or in readily accessible facilities, such as at the Computing Services Center, offer a wide array of opportunities for study and research.

Dairy, beef, horse and swine herds and sheep and goat flocks at the main station or at research centers afford opportunities to study various problems in physiology, breeding, management, nutrition and production. The Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, equipped to fabricate and process all meat foods on a semishy;commercial scale, is available for research problems. Texas A&M AgriLife Research projects in all subject matter fields offer opportunities for graduate students to participate in current research activities.

Support areas such as biochemistry and biophysics, economics, genetics and statistics may be readily arranged. Food science and technology and nutrition courses are jointly listed.

There is no specific foreign language requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. A student’s advisory committee may require a foreign language or additional coursework in an unrelated area in lieu of a foreign language.

ANSC 601/NUTR 601 General Animal Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Comparative nutrition of animal species contrasting digestive, metabolic and physiological functions involved in processing and using nutrients.
Prerequisite: ANSC 303/NUTR 303 or ANSC 318 or equivalent.
Cross Listing: NUTR 601/ANSC 601.

ANSC 602/NUTR 602 Energetics of Metabolism and Growth

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current fundamental concepts in protein and energy metabolism relating to nutrients required for maintenance, growth and development of animals.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of department head.
Cross Listing: NUTR 602/ANSC 602.

ANSC 604 Ruminant Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current concepts in anatomy, physiology of digestion and metabolism in ruminant nutrition and their relationships to nutrition practice and research with emphasis on ruminants.
Prerequisites: ANSC 601/NUTR 601 or ANSC 602/NUTR 602; BICH 411 or BICH 603 and/or approval of department head.

ANSC 605 Advancements in Beef Cattle Production

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current knowledge and concepts in production of lean beef; review of research in beef cattle production, breeding, nutrition, reproduction and economics.
Prerequisites: ANSC 305, ANSC 318 and ANSC 406 or approval of department head.

ANSC 607/FSTC 607 Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as a Food

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Biochemical, histological, anatomical and physical characteristics of muscle cells and factors associated with transformation of muscle cells into meat.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of department head.
Cross Listing: FSTC 607/ANSC 607.

ANSC 608 Beef Cattle Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Current knowledge of beef cattle ranch and feedlot production systems; nutrition, management, breeding, body composition, economics, health, pollution and sanitation control.
Prerequisite: ANSC 406 or ANSC 408.

ANSC 609 Physiology of Growth and Stress in Livestock

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Basic biochemical, physiological and endocrine mechanisms involved in processes regulating metabolism, growth and stress in livestock; current research and management principles/concepts useful to study growth and stress physiology; anabolic agents, anti-stress agents, immunoneutralization; transgenic livestock.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 and BICH 411 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 610 Applied Animal Ethology

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Review and evaluation of ethological research and principles as they relate to the management of animals; research principles and techniques used in studying animal behavior; psychological and physiological aspects of stress; topics of interest to students; visits to laboratories of researchers studying aspects of animal behavior/ethology.

ANSC 611 Equine Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Review and evaluation of current research in equine nutrition; principles of digestive physiology and nutrition unique to equine species; comparative digestion; integration of scientific principles into feeding management systems to enhance productivity, health and longevity of the equine.
Prerequisite: ANSC 601/NUTR 601 or approval of department head.

ANSC 612 Equine Reproduction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Review of current research relating to equine reproductive physiology and endocrinology; concepts from current research in equine reproduction to develop integrated reproductive management systems for horses.
Prerequisites: ANSC 433; graduate classification.

ANSC 613/NUTR 613 Protein Metabolism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Basic concepts and recent advances in protein metabolism in animals with emphasis on physiological and nutritional significances; discussion of protein digestion; absorption of peptides; absorption, synthesis and degradation of amino acids; hormonal and nutritional regulation of protein turnover; determination of protein quality and requirements.
Prerequisite: BICH 411 or BICH 601 or equivalent or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: NUTR 613/ANSC 613.

ANSC 614/GENE 614 Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Genetics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theoretical and analytical approaches to the application of maximum likelihood for the estimation of parameters under linear and nonlinear models; single and polygene genetic models including Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, linkage analysis and quantitative trait loci detection.
Prerequisites: GENE 603; STAT 651 and STAT 652 or STAT 601.
Cross Listing: GENE 614/ANSC 614.

ANSC 615 Brazil: Comparative Ruminant Animal Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Contrast two scenarios of ruminant production in Brazil; the effects of globalization on the two different production systems.
Prerequisites: ANSC 603 or ANSC 604, or approval of instructor.

ANSC 616 Equine Exercise Science

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Review and evaluation of current research in equine exercise science; physical, physiologic and metabolic adaptation to physical training in the horse; bioenergetics; nutritional requirements; problems in the hard-working horse; management and training approaches to delay fatigue in race/performance horses.
Prerequisites: ANSC 420; BICH 411; graduate classification.

ANSC 617/NUTR 617 Experimental Techniques in Meat Science

Credits 3. 1 Lecture Hour. 6 Lab Hours.

Methods used in separating and identifying muscle proteins and fats; techniques for determining postmortem changes of muscle tissue as a result of antemortem treatments.
Prerequisites: ANSC 607/FSTC 607; BICH 411.
Cross Listing: NUTR 617/ANSC 617.

ANSC 618/NUTR 618 Lipids and Lipid Metabolism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Chemical nature of various classes of lipids and lipid-derived hormones; absorption and metabolism of fatty-acids and lipids; regulation of lipid biosynthesis and obesity; relationship between lipid metabolism and cholesterol homeostasis; lipids as hormones.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: NUTR 618/ANSC 618.

ANSC 619 Physiological Chemistry of Livestock Species

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integration of biochemical concepts with physiological chemistry and intermediary metabolism of livestock species; unique aspects of absorption and cellular metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in livestock species; regulation of cellular nutrient metabolism in livestock species.
Prerequisite: BICH 410 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 621 Issues in the Equine Industry

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integration of cumulative knowledge acquired in the equine science curriculum to demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills to address critical issues in the equine industry.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor or enrollment in master of equine industry management program.

ANSC 622 Research Methods in Animal Science

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Development of the conceptual framework of research; study of software programs for data recording, management, and analysis; evaluation of specific experimental designs historically used in animal experiments; discussion of interpretations found in peer-reviewed research publications; data presentation for scientific meetings and publication; the peer review process and publication in technical journals.
Prerequisite: STAT 651; or STAT 652.

ANSC 623/POSC 625 Precision Diet Formulation

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Theoretical and applied principles associated with precision feeding and diet formulation to optimize nutrient requirements; optimization using least-cost formulation, ingredient inventory, farm and feed mill management, and nutrient management of non-ruminants (poultry, swine, horse, and fish) and ruminant animals (beef and dairy).
Prerequisite: POSC 411 or ANSC 318.
Cross Listing: POSC 625/ANSC 623.

ANSC 624 Mammalian Developmental Genetics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Genetic control of developmental pathways responsible for pattern formation and morphogenesis in mammals; genetic networks and genome organization; significance of genetic regulatory networks as a source of evolutionary diversity.
Prerequisites: GENE 301 or GENE 320/BIMS 320; BICH 410/411 or equivalent.

ANSC 626/GENE 626 Analyses of Gene Expression

Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours.

Proficiency in handling DNA and RNA gained during exercises used routinely in analyses of gene expression; RNA preparation and analysis on Northern blots; in vitro transcription and polyacrylamide gel analysis of nucleic acids; sub-cloning and mRNA quantitation using polymerase chain reaction.
Prerequisites: GENE 450 or approval of instructor; radiation safety training.
Cross Listing: GENE 626/ANSC 626.

ANSC 627 Carcass Composition and Quality

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of scientific literature regarding carcass composition; quality and palatability of meat animals; factors that affect differences among animals of the same specie; impact on value and usefulness.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ANSC 628 Animal Breeding

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Concepts from Mendelian, population and quantitative genetics; heritability, selection response, selection criteria, selection index, genetic relationship, inbreeding, mating systems, hybrid vigor and genetic-environmental interaction applied to livestock breeding and to production systems; interactions between genetics and nutrition, reproduction, production and management for both established concepts and recent trends emphasized according to special interests of students.
Prerequisite: ANSC 305 or POSC 414.

ANSC 629 Applied Animal Genomics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theory and application of genomics by livestock industries; consideration of genetic markers, gene mapping methods, genome analysis and emerging technologies such as microarrays, transgenesis, cloning and marker assisted selection; exposure to bioinformatic tools for genomics.
Prerequisite: GENE 603.
Cross Listing: GENE 629 and POSC 630.

ANSC 630 Reproductive Biology I

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

Embryological, physiological, hormonal, cellular and molecular mechanisms involving the endocrine and reproductive systems of mammals; emphasis on domestic livestock, rodents and humans; current theories evaluated and discussed using information from recent scientific publications.
Prerequisites: ANSC 433; BICH 411 or equivalent.

ANSC 631 Reproductive Biology II

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

Embryological, physiological, hormonal, cellular and molecular mechanisms involving the endocrine and reproductive systems of mammals; emphasis on domestic livestock, rodents and humans; current theories evaluated and discussed using information from recent scientific publications.
Prerequisite: ANSC 630 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 633 Concepts in Reproduction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Concepts from current research in physiology of reproduction evaluated and applied for enhancement of livestock production efficiency; ovulation control, embryo transfer, multiple births and control of parturition.
Prerequisite: ANSC 433 or equivalent or approval of department head.

ANSC 636 Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Covers all facets of beef production from cow/calf operation to retail product; experiential knowledge of technologies and practices to enhance efficiency; enlightens the array of career opportunities in the beef production industry.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ANSC 637 Food Safety: Policy, Regulations and Issues

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 1 Lab Hour.

Designed to explore the complexities of the regulations governing the production of foods of animal origin in the United States; requirements for countries importing products into the United States; federal, state and local requirement will be addressed.
Prerequisites: ANSC/FSTC 457/ANSC 457/657 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 638/GENE 638 Prediction of Genetic Merit

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Mixed linear models and best linear unbiased prediction for genetic evaluation.
Prerequisite: GENE 613.
Cross Listing: GENE 638/ANSC 638.

ANSC 647/FSTC 647 Technology of Meat Processing and Distribution

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Quantitative and qualitative characteristics of meat and meat products as related to food technology processing operations; manufacturing, preservation, packaging and merchandising.
Cross Listing: FSTC 647/ANSC 647.

ANSC 657/FSTC 657 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles specifically related to meat and poultry; microbiological and process overviews; good manufacturing practices (GMP) and standard operating procedures (SOP) development; team-building and implementation into industry operations. This class is designed for the production of food and fulfills the training requirements of USDA's HACCP regulation for meat and poultry (9 CFR Part 417), and FDA's HACCP regulations for fish and fishery products (21 CFR Part 123 and 1240) and for juice (21 CFR Part 120).
Cross Listing: FSTC 657/ANSC 657.

ANSC 667/FSTC 667 Industrial Processed Meat Operations

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Application of scientific principles and business practices to manufactured meat products; interrelationships among marketing, manufacturing, product development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance in commercial processed meat operations.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FSTC 667/ANSC 667.

ANSC 670/FSTC 670 Quality Assurance for the Food Industry

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles of food system process control; statistical process control (SPC); tools required to assure uniform communication and understanding of quality assurance systems.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
Cross Listing: FSTC 670/ANSC 670.

ANSC 681 Seminar

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Important current developments in field of animal science; review of current literature and presentation of papers on selected animal science topics.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification in animal science.

ANSC 684 Professional Internship

Credits 1 to 16. 1 to 16 Other Hours.

Experience in the application of formal training to a commercial operation under supervision of the operations manager and a designated faculty member. The student will investigate a matter of mutual interest to the enterprise manager and to Texas A&M University; will collect, analyze and interpret the data and report the results in a professional paper approved by his or her graduate committee.

ANSC 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Advanced studies in animal science problems and procedures. Problems assigned according to experience, interest and needs of individual student.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

ANSC 687/FSTC 687 Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Application of sensory science principles and practices to food systems including an understanding of discriminative, descriptive and consumer sensory techniques.
Prerequisite: CHEM 222 or CHEM 228.
Cross Listing: FSTC 687/ANSC 687.

ANSC 689 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

Special topics in an identified area of animal science. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

ANSC 691 Research

Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours.

Investigations leading to student's thesis or dissertation in fields of animal production, meats, wool and mohair, nutrition, inheritance of farm animals and physiology of reproduction.

ANSC 697/FSTC 697 Applied Microbiology for Foods of Animal Origin: Processing, Sanitation and Sanitary Design

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of basic food microbiology knowledge and principles to food production processes and products: sources of microbiological contamination and their impact on food safety and spoilage; application of sanitary design and validation; testing and auditing to monitor and trouble-shoot the process.
Prerequisites: DASC 326/FSTC 326, FSTC 326/DASC 326 or FSTC 606/DASC 606 or equivalent.
Cross Listing: FSTC 697/ANSC 697.

DASC 606/FSTC 606 Microbiology of Foods

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Nature and function of beneficial and defect-producing bacteria in foods; food-borne illness, effects of processing, storage and distribution; techniques for isolation and identification from foods.
Cross Listing: FSTC 606/DASC 606.

DASC 685 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Research methods and review of scientific literature dealing with individually selected problems in production or manufacturing and not pertaining to thesis or dissertation.

DASC 691 Research

Credits 1 to 23. 1 to 23 Other Hours.

Research leading to thesis or dissertation in respective fields of dairy production and dairy manufacturing.

Arnold, Ashley, Research Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2013

Bazer, Fuller, Distinguished Professor
Animal Science
PHD, North Carolina State University, 1969

Carpenter, Bruce, Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1993

Carstens, Gordon, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Colorado State University, 1998

Castillo, Alejandro, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1998

Cleere, Jason, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas Tech University, 2002

Cross, H. Russell, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1972

Daigle, Courtney, Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2013

Dunlap, Kathrin, Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2006

Forrest, David, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Wyoming, 1979

Garcia, Leslie, Instructional Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, College Station, 2015

Gehring, Kerri, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1994

Gill, Clare, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Adelaide, Austrailia, 2000

Gill, Jason, Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PhD, University of Guelph, 2006

Griffin, Davey, Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1989

Heird, James, Executive Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas Tech University, 1978

Herring, Andy, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1994

Ing, Nancy, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Florida, 1988

Kerth, Christopher, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas Tech University, 1999

Machen, Richard, Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1987

Mies, William, Visiting Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Missouri, 1971

Miller, Rhonda, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Colorado State University, 1983

Osburn, Wesley, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1996

Paschal, Joseph, Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1986

Paulk, Chad, Assistant Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Kansas State University, 2014

Ramsey, W, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, New Mexico State University, 1996

Riggs, Penny, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1996

Riley, David, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2000

Sanders, James, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1977

Satterfield, Michael, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2008

Savell, Jeffrey, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1978

Sawyer, Jason, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, New Mexico State University, 2000

Sigler, Dennis, Professor & Extension Specialist
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1981

Skaggs, Chris, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Iowa State University, 1992

Smith, Gary, Visiting Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1968

Smith, Stephen, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of California, Davis, 1980

Taylor, Thomas, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2006

Tedeschi, Luis, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Cornell University, 2001

Tomaszewski, Michael, Visiting Professor
Animal Science
PHD, North Carolina State University, 1972

Vogelsang, Martha, Senior Lecturer
Animal Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1986

Welsh, Thomas, Professor
Animal Science
PHD, North Carolina State University, 1980

Wickersham, Tryon, Associate Professor
Animal Science
PHD, Kansas State University, 2006

Wu, Guoyao, Distinguished Professor
Animal Science
PHD, University of Alberta, Canada, 1989