Graduate Courses

ANSC 601. General Animal Nutrition. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Tryon Wickersham
Comparative nutrition of animal species contrasting digestive, metabolic and physiological functions involved in processing and using nutrients.
Prerequisite: ANSC 303 or ANSC 318 or equivalent. Cross-listed with NUTR 601.

ANSC 602. Energetics of Metabolism and Growth. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Staff
Current fundamental concepts in protein and energy metabolism relating to nutrients required for maintenance, growth and development of animals.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 or approval of department head. Cross-listed with NUTR 602.

ANSC 604. Ruminant Nutrition. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Luis Tedeschi
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 or ANSC 602, BICH 411 or BICH 603 and/or approval of department head.

ANSC 605. Advancements in Beef Cattle Production. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Andy Herring
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 ANSC 408 or approval of department head.

ANSC 606. Advancements in Beef Cattle Production. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Staff
Continuation of ANSC 605 with emphasis on efficiency of growth and development of diverse types of cattle through computer simulation of beef production systems.
Prerequisites: ANSC 307, ANSC 318, and ANSC 406 or ANSC 408 or approval of department head.

ANSC 607. Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Smith
Biochemical, histological, anatomical and physical characteristics of muscle cells and factors associated with transformation of muscle cells into meat.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 or approval of department head. Cross-listed with FSTC 607.

ANSC 608. Beef Cattle Management. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Staff
Current knowledge of beef cattle ranch and feedlot production systems; nutrition, management, breeding, body composition, economics, health, pollution and sanitation control.
Prerequisites: ANSC 406 or ANSC 408.

ANSC 609. Physiology of Growth and Stress in Livestock. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Tom Welsh
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 or BICH 411 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 610. Applied Animal Ethology. (2-2) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Ted Friend
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 interst to students; visits to laboratories of researchers studying aspects of animal behavior/ethology.

ANSC 611. Equine Nutrition. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Jessica Leatherwood and Dr. Sarah White
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 managment systems to enhance productivity, health and longevity of the equine.
Prerequisites: ANSC 601 or approval of department head.

ANSC 612. Equine Reproduction. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Martha Vogelsang
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. Protein Metabolism. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Dr. Guoyao Wu
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.
Prerequisites: BICH 411 or BICH 601 (or equivalent) or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with NUTR 613.

ANSC 614. Maximum Liklihood Estimation of Genetics. (3-0) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Dr. Clare Gill
Theoretical and analytical approaches to the application of maximum liklihood for the estimation of parameters under linear and nonlinear models; single and polygene genetic modles including Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, linkage analysis and quantitative trait loci detection.
Prerequisites: GENE 603; STAT 651 and STAT 652 or STAT 601. Cross-listed with GENE 614.

ANSC 615. Comparative Ruminant Animal Nutrition.
Instructor:
 Dr. Luis Tedeschi
Contrast two scenarios of ruminant production in Brazil; the effects of globalization on the two different production systems.
Prerequisites: ANSC 107, ANSC 108.

ANSC 616. Equine Exercise Science. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
 Dr. Sarah White
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. Experimental Techniques in Meat Science. (1-6) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
 Dr. Steve Smith
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; BICH 411. Cross-listed with FSTC 617.

ANSC 618. Lipids and Lipid Metabolism. (3-0) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Dr. Stephen Smith
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.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with NUTR 618.

ANSC 619. Physiological Chemistry of Livestock Species.
Instructor:
  Dr. Stephen Smith
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.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 621. Issues in the Equine Industry (3-0) Credit 3. 
Instructor: Dr. Jim Heird and Dr. Eleanor Green
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.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or enrollment in master of equine industry management program.

ANSC 622. Research Methods in Animal Science (2-0) Credit 2. S
Instructor: Dr. Jason Sawyer
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.
Prerequisites: STAT 651; 652.

ANSC 623. Precision Diet Formulation. (2-2) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Staff
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).
Prerequisites: POSC 411 or ANSC 318. Cross-listed with POSC 625.

ANSC 624. Mammalian Developmental Genetics. I
Instructor:
Dr. Penny Riggs
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.
Prerequisite: GENE 301 or 320; BICH 410/411 or equivalent.

ANSC 625. Databases Applications for Biologists. (2-2) Credit 3.
Instructor: Staff
Basics of database development for biologists with little prior programming experience; Unix and Perl programming basics; concepts in database design with focus on bioinformatics; student created databases.
Prerequisites: GENE 301 or 603.

ANSC 626. Analyses of Gene Expression. (1-3) Credit 2. I
Instructor:
Dr. Nancy Ing
Proficiency in handling DNA and RNA gained during exercises used routinely in analyses of gene expression; RNA preperation 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-listed with GENE 626.

ANSC 627. Carcass Composition and Quality. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Dr. Jeff Savell
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. (2-2) Credit 4. I, II
Instructor:
Dr. Jim Sanders
Concepts from Mendelian, population and quantitative genetics; heritability, selection response, selection criteria, selection index, genetic relationship, inbreeding, mating systems, hybrid vigor and genetic-environmental ineraction applied to livestock breeding and to production systems; interactions between genetics and nutrition, reproduction, production and mangement for both established concepts and recent trends emphasized according to special intersts of students.
Prerequisites: ANSC 305 or POSC 414.

ANSC 629. Applied Animal Genomics. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Clare Gill
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.
Prerequisites: GENE 603.

ANSC 630. Physiology of Reproduction I. (4-0) Credit 4. I
Instructor:
Dr. Fuller Bazer
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. Physiology of Reproduction II. (4-0) Credit 4. II
Instructor:
Dr. Fuller Bazer
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 630 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 633. Concepts in Reproduction. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Staff
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.
Prerequisites: ANSC 433 or equivalent or approval of department head.

ANSC 636. Texas Panhandle Beef Production Tour.
Instructor:
 Dr. Tryon Wickersham
Information will be posted as it becomes available.
Prerequisites:

ANSC 637. Food Safety: Policy, Regulations and Issues. (2-2) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Dr. Kerri Gehring
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 457/657 or instructor approval.

ANSC 638. Prediction of Genetic Merit.
Instructor:
 Dr. David Riley
Information will be posted as it becomes available.
Prerequisites:

ANSC 647. Technology of Meat Processing and Distribution. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Rhonda Miller
Quantitative and qualitative characteristics of meat and meat products as related to food technology processing operations; manufacturing, preservation, packaging and merchandising. Cross-listed with FSTC 647.

ANSC 650. Issues in Animal Agriculture. (3-0) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Staff
Nonmarket factors related to food production and consumption. National and global nutritional, environmental, ethical, social and political issues faced by agriculture systems. Animal agriculture is used as a model.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ANSC 654. Molecular Endocrinology. (3-0) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Dr. Nancy Ing
Structure-function relationships of hormones, their receptors and biologic activities.
Prerequisites: BICH 410 or equivalent; BIOL 649 or VTPP 653; or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with VTPP 654.

ANSC 657. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System. (3-0) Credit 3. I
Instructor:
Dr. Kerri Harris
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. Cross-listed with FSTC 657.

ANSC 667. Industrial Processed Meat Operations. (2-2) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Staff
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-listed with FSTC 667.

ANSC 677. Instrumental Methods and Food Analysis: Theory and Practice. (2-6) Credit 3.
Instructor:
Staff
Advanced course in chemistry/analytical instrumentation theory and practice for non-chemistry majors; understand the operational principles of current instrumentaiton; “hands-on” experience with a variety of sample perparation techniques and modern laboratory instruments.
Prerequisites: CHEM 316/318 or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with FSTC 677.

ANSC 681. Seminar. (1-0) Credit 1 each semester. I, II
Instructor:
Staff
Important current developments in the field of animal science; review of current literature and presentation of papers on selected animal science topics.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification in animal science.

ANSC 684. Professional Internship. Credit 1 or more each semester. I, II, S
Instructor:
Staff
Experience in the application of formal training to a commercial operation under supervision of the operations manager and a designated faculty memeber. 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. Problems. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. I, II, S
Instructor:
Staff
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. Sensory Evaluation of Foods. (2-2) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Dr. Rhonda Miller
Application of sensory science principles and practices to food systems including an understanding of discriminative, descriptive and consumer sensory techniques.
Prerequisites: CHEM 222 or CHEM 228.

ANSC 689. Special Topics – Current Issues in Animal Agriculture. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S
Instructor:
 Dr. Gary Smith
Special topics in an identified area of animal science. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

ANSC 689. Special Topics – Rumen Microbiology. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S
Instructor:
 Staff
Special topics in an identified area of animal science. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

ANSC 691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester. I, II, S
Instructor:
Staff
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. Applied Microbiology for Foods of Animal Origin: Processing, Sanitation & Sanitary Design. (3-0) Credit 3. II
Instructor:
Staff
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.
Prerequisite: DASC/FSTC 326 or FSTC 606 or equivalent. Cross-listed with FSTC 697.

GENE 613. Quantitative Genetics I.
Instructor:
Dr. Clare Gill
Quantitative genetics concepts particularly dealing with partitioning of phenotypic variance into genetic and environmental components, selection response, effects of systems of mating, genetic covariance and threshold effects.
Prerequisites: GENE 612; STAT 652.

VLCS 622. Equine Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases.
Instructor:
Dr. Noah Cohen
Principles and methods of epidemiology applied to equine health and prevention and control of selected equine infectious diseases.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in equine certificate and graduate classification, or approval of instructor.

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