Master of Science in Physiology of Reproduction

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate coursework leading to the Master of Science degree in Physiology of Reproduction. The mission of the Physiology of Reproduction Program is three-fold: research the fundamental elements of reproductive biology necessary for development of systems to enhance the efficiency of animal reproduction and productivity; teach the latest principles and strategies/practices of reproductive biology to undergraduate and graduate students and through established extension programs; and translate the acquired knowledge into reproductive systems to benefit producers and consumers.

The Physiology of Reproduction graduate program includes graduate courses designed to challenge students with state of the art information in the areas of animal reproduction, growth, stress and lactation. A distance learning teaching format is being used in one course. In addition to course work, students enrolled in the Physiology of Reproduction Graduate Program are required to conduct research. The research effort is strong because of the number of nationally recognized scientists who have diverse areas of expertise. Their interests vary from molecular biology to the application of the technologies in a production setting. The program is strengthened by numerous collaborative relationships between the scientists. These relationships are fostered by the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology composed of over 45 faculty members from 10 departments located in 4 colleges at Texas A&M University, and across four campuses and three off-campus centers of the Texas A&M University system. The Robert Justus Kleberg, Jr. Animal and Food Science Center provides laboratories for research and graduate training across the Animal Science discipline, including Physiology of Reproduction. 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 of Reproduction. Texas A&M AgriLife Research projects also 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. 

A Masters of Science in Physiology of Reproduction is available for those seeking non-academic positions and will require completion of courses selected by the student and the advisory committee to develop skills and expertise in specific academic areas to meet each student’s career objectives. Students conduct research, write a thesis on original research as directed by the student’s advisory committee and undergo a final examination. The student’s thesis seminar will be announced for public attendance prior to the final examination.

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