Animal Nutrition

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Animal Nutrition

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The University Certificate in Animal Nutrition is designed to allow people to gain recognition for learning the basics of animal nutrition at the undergraduate level. People who successfully complete the required courses will learn about livestock, horse, and companion animal nutrition. Four required courses (12 credit hours) must be completed. The four undergraduate courses can be completed on-campus in Raleigh, via Online and Distance Education, or in combination. Upon successful completion of the certificate requirements, NC State's Office of Registration and Records will update the student’s transcript and mail the certificate. The University Certificate in Animal Nutrition is administered by the Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator for the Department of Animal Science.

Eligibility

A person may be admitted to the certificate program after completing the first course that will be used to fulfill the certificate requirements with a C or higher grade. Current undergraduate students at NC State University who are not majoring or minoring in Animal Science are welcome to complete the certificate. People from around the world who are not current students at NC State University are also welcome to complete the certificate.

Cost

This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four 3-credit undergraduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $890 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,680 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The University Certificate in Animal Nutrition requires 12 undergraduate credit hours (four courses). Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from two to four semesters to complete. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required for each course; a C-minus will not be accepted.

Required courses

Four courses (3 credits each; total 12 credits) are required. All courses listed below are offered online. Some courses have prerequisites.
Choose one:

ANS 105 - Introduction to Companion Animal Science

Units: 3

Companion animals are often considered family members. This course surveys the variation available in companion animals [dog breeds, cat breeds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, pet pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, birds & newer pets such as hedgehogs, prairie dogs & sugar gliders] and then examines related human and animal issues in more depth. Biological explanations are stressed for understanding disease states and normal behaviors of companion animals. These explanations are discussed from the point of view of problem behaviors in the average home housing these animals. This course will help educate the students about companion animals so that both the animals and their human families will be happier and more productive members of society. ANS 105 will enable students to pick the pet or specific breed that is best for them so that pets and owners stay together. Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

or

ANS 110 - Introduction to Equine Science

Units: 3

Introduction to Equine Science is a course designed for Freshmen and Sophomores of any major. There are no pre-requisites for this course. We will discuss terminology, impact of horses on history and society, breeds, uses, management, genetics, reproduction, health, nutrition, behavior, and business aspects of the horse industry. Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Summer Term 2 2019 Fall Term

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ANS 225 - Principles of Animal Nutrition

Units: 3

This online Principles of Animal Nutrition course is designed for non-Animal Science majors and off-campus students. It includes: feed classification, gastrointestinal tract anatomy of domestic mammals, nutrients and their functions, digestion and metabolism, feed regulations, and feeding/nutrition of cattle, small ruminants, horses, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, and rabbits. For on-campus students, ANS 225 counts toward the Animal Science minor but only counts as a Free Elective for Animal Science majors.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

or

ANS 230 - Animal Nutrition

Units: 3

Introduction to nutrition, digestion, and absorption in domestic mammals. Major nutrient classes and their functions in the body, feed classification and chemical analysis, feed processing, and nutrient requirements.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

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FS 324 - Milk and Dairy Products

Units: 3

Introduction to the manufacture of dairy products. Dairy processing procedures from the farm, through the dairy plant, and to the consumer are studied. The course consists of 15 learning modules, three exams, and a project.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

or

ANS 425 - Feed Manufacturing Technology

Units: 3

Feed mill management, feed ingredient purchasing, inventory, storage, and quality evaluation, computerized feed formulation, feeding programs for poultry and swine, feed mill design, equipment, maintenance, operation, safety, state and federal regulations pertaining to feed manufacture.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Fall Term

or

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

Required course:

PO 415 - Comparative Nutrition

Units: 3

Principles of nutrition, including the classification of nutrients and the nutrient requirements of and metabolism by different species for health, growth, maintenance and productive functions.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 20, 2019
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerJune 21, 2019

Dr. Shannon Pratt Phillips

Program Director and Certificate Coordinator

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.513.1117
online-animalscience@ncsu.edu