Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences

VIBS 204 Fundamentals of Food Toxicology and Safety

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Toxicity and safety of various foods and food additives, ingredients and contaminants; occurrence, control and prevention of food transmitted diseases.
Prerequisite: Sophomore classification and CHEM 101.

VIBS 222 Great Poisonings of the World

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of the effect of intentional and accidental man-made and natural poisonings on humans and the environment and their impact on public policy.
Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore classification.

VIBS 243 Introductory Mammalian Histology

Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 2 Lab Hours.

Biological aspects of the human body by integrating histology and anatomy and physiology; emphasis on the transition of cell and tissue organization to organ systems that comprise mammalian organisms; builds upon concepts introduced in lower-level biology and builds a foundation to succeed in upper-level histology, anatomy and physiology.

VIBS 277/NRSC 277 Introduction to Neuroscience

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Neuroscience from the molecular to system levels; fundamental principles and knowledge of neuroscience; current research information on neuroscience.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: NRSC 277/VIBS 277.

VIBS 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Directed studies in specific problem areas of veterinary anatomy and public health.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of department head.

VIBS 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of veterinary anatomy or topics not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

VIBS 305 Biomedical Anatomy

Credits 4. 2 Lecture Hours. 4 Lab Hours.

Comprehensive mammalian gross anatomy, using the dog as the model species; laboratory dissection, veterinary nomenclature with human correlates and the application of anatomy to clinical situations.
Prerequisites: BIOL 114 and BIOL 124; junior or senior classification; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 Texas A&M GPA.

VIBS 310 Biomedical Writing

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Mechanisms by which knowledge is shared among researchers, clinicians and other science professionals, then disseminated to the general public; an assortment of written assignments to develop writing skills specific for communicating scientific concepts to a variety of audiences. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VIBS 311 Biomedical Explorations through Narrative

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Familiarization with the writing style required for biomedical and health science; instruction in writing styles and appropriate techniques to increase and strengthen writing abilities. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite: VIBS 310 or approval of instructor.

VIBS 343 Histology

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Normal tissues of vertebrates including histogenesis of some; histogenesis and organography of mammalian tissues.
Prerequisites: BIOL 114 and BIOL 124; CHEM 228; junior or senior classification; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 Texas A&M GPA.

VIBS 401 Developmental Neurotoxicology

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Effects of exposure to toxic substances on the developing nervous system; content to include mechanisms of toxicity of substances potentially devastating to the developing nervous system including lead, mercury and other heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine (smoking), pesticides, flame retardants, and others.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VIBS 404 Food Toxicology and Safety

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Toxicity and safety of various foods and food additives, ingredients, and contaminants; occurrence, control and prevention of food transmitted diseases.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VIBS 407/NRSC 407 Core Ideas in Neuroscience

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

General overview of selected core ideas across the full spectrum of neuroscience.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification; background in science courses recommended.
Cross Listing: NRSC 407/VIBS 407.

VIBS 408 Neuroscience and Religion

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Emphasis on the biology of the human mind in the context of religious implications.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; concurrent enrollment in NRSC 407/VIBS 407 or VIBS 407/NRSC 407.

VIBS 411 Tumor Cell Biology and Carcinogenesis

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles of tumor biology; role of gene-environment interactions; molecular mechanisms regulating cancer initiation and progression; therapeutic treatment of cancer.
Prerequisites: BIMS 320/GENE 320 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

VIBS 413 Introduction to Epidemiology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study and measurement of disease and health in populations; examples from literature and current events; emphasizes concepts and appreciation for epidemiologic approaches and applications in life.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VIBS 420 Computer Applications in Public Health Research

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the use of computers for public health research applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data base management and telecommunications.
Prerequisites: Senior classification or approval of instructor; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 Texas A&M GPA.

VIBS 422 Endocrine Toxicology

Credits 4. 4 Lecture Hours.

Impacts of endocrine toxicology on endocrine system; prevalence, environmental and occupational use and disposal of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); structure, toxicokinetics and mechanism of action of EDCs; effects of EDCs on the development and function, disorders and diseases of the endocrine and reproductive organs.
Prerequisites: Senior classification; approval of instructor.

VIBS 424/VTPP 424 Biomedical Neuroendocrinology and Endocrine Disorders

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Neuroendocrine (hypothalamus-pituitary) control of puberty, menstruation, ovulation, pregnancy, labor, lactation, female reproductive cycles, male reproductive functions, thyroid and parathyroid, adrenal and kidney, diabetes, obesity, sleep, memory, learning and aging and their endocrine disorders; overview on biosynthesis, transport and signaling of peptide and neuropeptide hormones, steroids and prostaglandins.
Prerequisites: Honors, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: VTPP 424/VIBS 424.

VIBS 426/ENTO 426 Methods in Vector-Borne Disease Ecology

Credits 3. 1 Lecture Hour. 5 Lab Hours.

Methodological understanding of how vector-borne diseases are studied in the field and laboratory; hands-on exploration of the ecology disease systems in a one health framework; concepts of design, execution and presentation of research projects; outdoor field work and bio-safety level 2 laboratory.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: ENTO 426/VIBS 426.

VIBS 432 Public Health Practices

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of various diseases, causes and methods of prevention; epidemiology of disease; social and behavioral sciences; health policy and management; environmental and occupational health.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 Texas A&M GPA.

VIBS 443 Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Molecular phenomena placed in context with tissues, organs and organ systems; cell and tissue structures visualized by light microscopy and electron micrographs for functional relationships; clinical correlations reveal relevance of histology in specific disease states; conceptual thinking exercises facilitate problem solving skills.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification in life sciences and interest in health related careers.

VIBS 447 Neurophysiology of Music

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of the heritability and genetics of musical talent, the physiology and physics of hearing, and the neurophysiology of processing sound using primarily German and Austrian compositions. Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

VIBS 450/NRSC 450 Mammalian Functional Neuroanatomy

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Functional morphology of the domestic animal and human brain using gross specimens, microscopic sections, interactive computer-, DVD- and video-assisted instructional programs supplemented with clinical case studies.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; BIMS, biology, biochemistry, or psychology majors, or neuroscience minors with overall 3.5 Texas A&M GPA; or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: NRSC 450/VIBS 450.

VIBS 456 Science in Cinema and Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the role science depicted in popular culture plays in shaping basic science literacy.
Prerequisites: VIBS 310; majors only; junior or senior classification; approval of instructor.

VIBS 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Directed individual study of a selected problem in veterinary anatomy (with emphasis on neuroscience, cell biology, reproduction, developmental biology, marine mammal anatomy) approved by instructor or selected problems in veterinary public health (with emphasis on food safety, toxicology, epidemiology, informatics, zoonoses).
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

VIBS 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 0 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of veterinary anatomy (with emphasis on neuroscience, cell biology, genetics, reproduction, developmental biology, marine mammal anatomy) or selected topics in veterinary public health, epidemiology, zoonoses, food hygiene, food toxicology and mycotoxicology. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor; BIMS major with a minimum overall 2.5 Texas A&M GPA.

Abbott, Louise C, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
DVM, Washington State University, 1988
PHD, University of Washington, 1982

Andersson, Leif B, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, 1984

Arosh, Joe A, Professor
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PHD, Universite Laval, 2004

Arosh, Sakhila B, Associate Professor
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PHD, University of Madras, 2002

Bergthorsson, Ulfar, Associate Professor
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PHD, University of Rochester, 1998

Budke, Christine M, Associate Professor
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PHD, Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultat der Universitat Basel, 2004
DVM, Purdue University, 2001

Burghardt, Robert C, Professor
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PHD, Wayne State University, 1976

Cai, Jing, Associate Professor
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PHD, University of Hong Kong, 2006

Cannon, Marvin S, Visiting Professor
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PHD, The Ohio State University, 1969

Chiu, Weihsueh A, Professor
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PHD, Princeton University, 1998

Curley Jr, Kevin O, Instructional Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2012
DVM, Cornell University, 1996

Davis, Brian W, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2013

Dees, William L, Senior Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 1982

Frank-Cannon, Tamy C, Clinical Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2005
DVM, Texas A&M University, 1996

Gaddy, Dana, Professor
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PHD, Baylor College of Medicine, 1991

Gastel, Barbara J, Professor
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MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1978

Hamer, Sarah A, Associate Professor
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DVM, Michigan State University, 2011
PHD, Michigan State University, 2010

Hartberg, Yasha M, Lecturer
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PHD, Binghamton University, 2016

Herman, Cheryl L, Clinical Associate Professor
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DVM, University of Saskatchewan, 1987

Hiney, Jill K, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 1996

Hoffman, Anton G, Clinical Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 1992
DVM, Texas A&M University, 1986

Johnson, Gregory A, Professor
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PHD, University of Wyoming, 1997

Johnson, Larry, Professor
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PHD, Colorado State University, 1978

Katju, Vaishali, Associate Professor
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PHD, Indiana University, 2004

Keefe, Lisa M, Instructional Assistant Professor
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PHD, Purdue University, 2013

Kim, Sun J, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Sogang University, 2006

Klemm, William R, Senior Professor
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PHD, University of Notre Dame, 1963
DVM, Auburn University, 1958

Kneese, Dana A, Lecturer
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DVM, Texas A&M University, 2013
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2009

Ko, Gladys Y, Associate Professor
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PHD, Kent State University, 1996

Ko, Michael L, Research Assistant Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, Kent State University, 1997

Kornegay, Joe N, Professor
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PHD, University of Georgia, 1982

Langford, Candice L, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2006

Li, Jianrong, Associate Professor
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PHD, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1997

Li, Qinglei, Associate Professor
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PHD, Harbin Medical University, 2001

Lyczak, Kristin C, Clinical Assistant Professor
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DVM, Colorado State University, 2003

Mouneimne, Roula, Research Professor
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PHD, Lyon I University, 1984

Murphy, William J, Professor
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PHD, The University of Tulsa, 1997

Nghiem, Peter P, Assistant Professor
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PHD, George Washington University, 2014
DVM, Texas A&M University, 2008

Norman, Keri N, Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2010

Phillips, Timothy D, Professor
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PHD, University of Southern Mississippi, 1975

Pine, Michelle D, Clinical Associate Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2002
DVM, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991

Porter, Weston W, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1997

Qian, Yongchang, Research Associate Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, 1990

Raudsepp, Terje, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 1999

Rijnkels, Monique G, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Leiden University, 1997

Ritter, Nicola L, Instructional Assistant Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 2016
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2014

Roy Sarkar, Tapasree, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Purdue University, 2008

Ruoff, Lynn M, Clinical Professor
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DVM, Colorado State University, 1975

Rusyn, Ivan I, Professor
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PHD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
MD, Ukrainian State Medical University, 1994

Samollow, Paul, Senior Professor
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PHD, Oregon State University, 1979

Shi, Liheng, Research Assistant Professor
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PHD, Osaka University, 2001

Skow, Loren C, Senior Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 1976

Tayce, Jordan D, Instructional Assistant Professor
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DVM, Texas A&M University, 2008

Taylor, Robert J, Research Professor
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PHD, Texas A&M University, 1987

Tiffany-Castiglion, E, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1979

Venkatraj, Vijayanagaram S, Clinical Associate Professor
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PHD, New York University, 1992

Waltz, Micah J, Lecturer
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MS, West Virginia University, 2014

Welsh, Christabel Jane, Professor
Vet Integrative Biosciences
PHD, London University, 1981

Yeoman, Michelle S, Lecturer
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MS, Texas A&M University, 2013