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Animal Science

 

Master | Animal Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

A distance education version of the Master of Animal Science degree, designed to give students a deeper academic background in subdisciplines associated with the field of Animal Science including nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management.

The Master of Animal Science nonthesis degree program is designed to give students a deeper academic background in sub-disciplines associated with the field of Animal Science which include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management. This program is a distance education version of the Master of Animal Science degree. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applications to the MAS program are made through the Graduate School. The GRE (Graduate Records Examination) is required for those applying to the program. In addition to the GRE, other factors considered in the evaluation of applicants for full admission include: grade point average, TOEFL scores (international applicants), letters of recommendation and additional information that reflects the potential of the applicant for academic excellence.

PLAN OF STUDY

A student has six years to complete the master's program starting with the first course that is to be counted. Students may be part-time or full-time.

Note: Unlike the on-campus MAS program, the distance education version of the MAS program does not require the student to spend any time in residence on campus at NC State University; rather, the program may be completed with online classes only.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Students completing the MAS degree pursue careers in livestock management and livestock production, with feed and animal health companies, and as agricultural extension agents and animal technicians. The program also provides preparation for veterinary and professional school.

The Master of Animal Science program requires 36 credit hours, which includes 19 credits of core courses and 17 credits of elective courses.

Core Courses

ANS 601 - Animal Science Seminar

Units: 1

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

ST 511 - Experimental Statistics For Biological Sciences I

Units: 3

Basic concepts of statistical models and use of samples; variation, statistical measures, distributions, tests of significance, analysis of variance and elementary experimental design, regression and correlation, chi-square.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

Biochemistry or Ag Education - Choose one

AEE 521 - Program Planning in Agricultural and Extension Education

Units: 3

Consideration of the need for planning programs in education; objectives and evaluation of community programs; use of advisory group; organization and use of facilities.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

AEE 523 - Adult Education in Agriculture

Units: 3

Designed to meet needs of leaders in adult education. Opportunity to study some of basic problems and values in working with adult groups. Attention given to problem of fitting educational program for adults into public school program and other educational programs as well as to methods of teaching adults.

Offered in Fall Only

AEE 526 - Information Technologies in Agricultural and Extension Education

Units: 3

Principles, theory and techniques of using information technologies to provide instruction to learners, both in person and at a distance, in formal and non formal educational settings.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

BCH 553 - Biochemistry of Gene Expression

Units: 3

Structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Gene expression and Regulation. Methodologies of recombinant DNA research. Credit in both BCH 453 and BCH 553 is not allowed.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

ANS 571 - Regulation of Metabolism

Units: 3

Study of hormonal, enzymatic and molecular-genetic regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; emphasis on mammalian species.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

BUS 590 - Special Topics In Business Management

Units: 1 - 6

Presentation of material not normally available in regular courses offerings or offering of new courses on a trial basis.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Genetics - Choose one

ANS 540 - Selection of Domestic Animals

Units: 3

Modern evaluation and selection procedures for domestic animals; selection goals, estimation of breeding values and performance testing related to their impact on genetic changes. Multiple species including horses, dogs, cats, beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry will be discussed. Students cannot get credit for both ANS 440 and ANS 540.

Offered in Fall and Summer

ANS 575 - Current Topics in Genomics and Proteomics in Animal Science

Units: 3

The objective of this course is to provide students with an integrated exposure to the major current concepts in genomics and proteomics. Genomic and proteomic methods will be covered at a level that will allow students to read and comprehend articles dealing with animal genome research.

Offered in Spring Only

Nutrition - Choose one

ANS 550 - Applied Ruminant Nutrition

Units: 3

Applied concepts in ruminant nutrition for the practicing agricultural professional. Protein, energy, vitamin and mineral nutrition in relation to the nutritional needs and practical feeding of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, and goats. New developments in feeding systems, feed additives and the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders. Emphasis on solving problems in case studies. Permission given to undergraduates

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

NTR 500 - Principles of Human Nutrition

Units: 3

Overview of fields of Nutritional Sciences; functions of nutrients in the human body; sources and properties of nutrients; relationships of food industry practices to nutrition. Credit will not be given for both NTR [FS]400 and NTR 500

Offered in Fall and Summer

ANS 571 - Regulation of Metabolism

Units: 3

Study of hormonal, enzymatic and molecular-genetic regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; emphasis on mammalian species.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

Physiology - Choose one

ANS 530 - Advanced Applied Animal Reproduction

Units: 3

Current reproductive management techniques for each of the major mammalian livestock species. Enable students to develop reproductive decision making skills. Must hold graduate status.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Spring Term

ANS 552 - Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

Units: 3

Comparative approach to examining aspects of reproductive physiology in selected vertebrate species. Detailed examination of current reproductive biotechnologies and ethical issues associated with the application of reproductive biotechnologies. Credit will not be given for both ANS 452 and ANS[PHY] 552.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

Electives - Choose one

ANS 530 - Advanced Applied Animal Reproduction

Units: 3

Current reproductive management techniques for each of the major mammalian livestock species. Enable students to develop reproductive decision making skills. Must hold graduate status.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Spring Term

ANS 550 - Applied Ruminant Nutrition

Units: 3

Applied concepts in ruminant nutrition for the practicing agricultural professional. Protein, energy, vitamin and mineral nutrition in relation to the nutritional needs and practical feeding of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, and goats. New developments in feeding systems, feed additives and the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders. Emphasis on solving problems in case studies. Permission given to undergraduates

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

ANS 552 - Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

Units: 3

Comparative approach to examining aspects of reproductive physiology in selected vertebrate species. Detailed examination of current reproductive biotechnologies and ethical issues associated with the application of reproductive biotechnologies. Credit will not be given for both ANS 452 and ANS[PHY] 552.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

ANS 553 - Growth and Development of Domestic Animals

Units: 3

Introduction to the basic concepts of growth with emphasis on domestic mammals. Growth of the major classes of animal tissues and regulation by endogenous and exogenous factors. Relationship to efficiency of animal production. Credit will not be given for both ANS 453 and 553.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

ANS 454 - Lactation, Milk and Nutrition

Units: 3

Nutritional properties of milk as a high-quality food with nutritional diversity. Principles of physiology, biochemistry and cell biology in the mammary gland. Procedures of milk production and milk collection for milk quality and nutrition. Human lactation vs. that of domestic animals. Impacts of biotechnology and food safety on dairy production. Credit will not be given for both ANS 454 and 554.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

ANS 561 - Equine Nutrition

Units: 3

This course explores concepts in equine nutrition including digestive physiology of horses, nutrient requirements for different classes of horses and feed management. Ration evaluation and balancing, as well as problem solving will be a core component to this course.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Spring Term

ANS 571 - Regulation of Metabolism

Units: 3

Study of hormonal, enzymatic and molecular-genetic regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; emphasis on mammalian species.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

ANS 575 - Current Topics in Genomics and Proteomics in Animal Science

Units: 3

The objective of this course is to provide students with an integrated exposure to the major current concepts in genomics and proteomics. Genomic and proteomic methods will be covered at a level that will allow students to read and comprehend articles dealing with animal genome research.

Offered in Spring Only

ANS 701 - Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism

Units: 3

Study of protein and amino acid metabolism, regulation, dietary requirements and techniques for their investigation in human and other animals.

Offered in Spring Only

ANS 702 - Reproductive Physiology of Mammals

Units: 3

Survey of reproductive strategies among vertebrates; in-depth coverage of mammalian reproductive physiology; gametogenesis, fertilization, embryonic and fetal development, parturition, puberty, neuroendrocrine control mechanisms in male and female mammals.

Offered in Fall and Spring

ANS 708 - Genetics of Animal Improvement

Units: 3

Emphasis on the utilization of basic principles of population and quantitative genetics in animal improvement. Factors affecting genic and genotypic frequencies and methods of estimating genetic and nongenetic variance, heritabilities and breeding values. The roles of mating systems and selection procedures in producing superior genetic populations.

Offered in Spring Only

ANS 709 - Energy Metabolism

Units: 3

Relationship of biochemical and physiological events within cell, tissue, organ and system with nutrient needs as sources of energy for productive animal life. Digestion, absorption and metabolism of energy sources. Processes of energy transformations within the body in relation to energetics, biological oxidation, anabolic and catabolic systems, metabolic control, partitioning and efficiency.

ANS 713 - Quantitative Genetics and Breeding

Units: 3

Quantitative and population genetic theory of breeding problems; partitioning of genetic variance, maternal effects, genotype by environment interaction and genetic correlation; selection indexes; design and analysis of selection experiments; marker-assisted selection.

Offered in Fall Only

ANS 780 - Mammalian Endocrinology

Units: 3

Mammalian endocrine system with emphasis on ontogeny and anatomy of key organs; synthesis and action of hormones. Role of hormones in regulation of physiological processes such as metabolism, exocrine function, digestion, ion balance, behavior, lactation, growth and reproduction.

You May Substitute One of the Following for Core Course ANS 601 - Animal Science Seminar

ANS 603 - Reproductive Physiology Seminar

Units: 1

Offered in Fall and Spring

ANS 604 - Animal Breeding and Genetics Seminar

Units: 1

Offered in Fall and Spring

NTR 601 - Master's Seminar

Units: 1

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

PHI 816 - Introduction to Research Ethics

Units: 1

Institutional rules guiding the responsible conduct of research [RCR] and their philosophical justification. Rudiments of moral reasoning and their application to RCR. Topics: plagiarism, falsification and fabrication of data, and ethics versus custom, law, science, and religion.

CBS 662 - Professional Conduct in Biomedical Research

Units: 1

Plagiarism, authorship, fraud, safety, sexual harassment, IACUC, consulting agreements, serving as an expert witness, contacting elected officials, working with press, human subjects committee, and related topics.

Offered in Spring Only

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 36 Credits Completed at NC State: $14,827.68

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 36 Credits Completed at NC State: $36,283.68

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 1 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 1 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
Summer 1Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)