Montana State University

Animal Science



Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Animal and Range Sciences

http://animalrange.montana.edu/

The animal science curricula are administered by the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. The curricula in animal science provide students with a firm foundation in the biological and natural sciences, animal breeding, reproductive physiology, nutrition and livestock production and management. Applications to production environments of the western United States are emphasized, including the close relationships among livestock, rangeland and natural resources. Three options are offered leading to a B.S. in Animal Science. Proper use of restricted electives allows students to tailor curricula to meet their individual needs.

The EQUINE SCIENCE OPTION emphasizes science and technology combined with practical aspects of management, horsemanship and training. Graduates of this program will have a firm foundation to meet the growing needs of the equine industry. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in breeding, nutrition, and management of facilities and land, as well as in the allied industries such as sales, feed, tack, and equipment. Students can tailor their program for more emphasis in biotechnology, business, or range management.

The LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT & INDUSTRY OPTION stresses the application of science to livestock production, incorporating courses in agricultural economics and business. Emphasis is placed on the application of the principles of economics, range science, genetics, physiology and nutrition in sustainable livestock production systems and business and management skills as they relate to livestock enterprises and service industries closely allied to livestock production. It is designed to allow flexible course work choices to prepare graduates to manage livestock enterprises or for employment with companies producing and marketing livestock, animal feeds and health products, as well as employment with a variety of communication and service organizations such as breed associations, commodity groups, livestock publications and government agencies.

The SCIENCE OPTION emphasizes greater depth in the basic sciences and is designed for highly motivated students who have a strong interest in graduate training or professional school. Individual curricula can be tailored to provide excellent preparation for veterinary school, medical school, or graduate studies in animal biotechnology, physiology, nutrition or genetics.


Curricula in Animal Science

EQUINE SCIENCE OPTION

Freshman Year F S
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
Applied Courses 2
University Core and Electives 7 3
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems 3
NRSM 236--Small Pasture Management 1
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic and Biochem 4
ANSC 265--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal Lab 1
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Prof Comm Fundamentals 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics 3
     ECNS 204IS--Microeconomics 3
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3  
Econ & Business Elective 3
Applied Courses 2
University Core and Electives 3  
14 16
Junior Year F S
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 321--Physiology of Animal Reproduction 4
ANSC 322--Princ of Animal Breed/Genetics 3
EQUS 327--Equine Lameness 3
ANSC 337--Diseases of Domestic Livestock   3
EQUS 347--Equine Form to Function 3  
ANSC 498--Internship (min. 3 cr.) 3
Econ & Business Elective   3
Applied Courses 2 2
16 14
Senior Year F S
EQUS 346--Equine Reproductive Management 4
EQUS 423--Equine Nutrition 2
EQUS 430--Horse Management 4
University Core and Electives 4
Econ and Business Elective 3  
Mgmt & Industry Electives 6 6
13 16


Applied Courses
(Select 8 Credits)
EQUH 110--Western Equitation 2
EQUH 114--Beginning English Equitation 2
EQUH 207--Intermediate English Equitation 2
EQUH 210--Intermediate Western Equitation 2
EQUH 253--Starting Colts 2
EQUH 256--Developing the Young Horse 2
EQUS 233--Horse Science and Management Lab 1
NRSM 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
EQUH 314--Equestrian Instruction Methods 2

Econ & Business Electives
(Select 9 Credits)
ACTG 220--Survey of Accounting 3
AGBE 210IS--Econ of Agribusiness Mgmt 3
AGBE 321--Econ Ag Marketing 3
AGBE 337--Ag Law 3
AGBE 341--Farm & Ranch Mgmt 3
AGBE 345--Ag Finance Cred Analys 3
AGBE 421--Adv Ag Marketing 3
AGED 353--Co-op Bus Prin & Pract 3
ACTG 201--Prin Accounting I 3
ACTG 202--Managerial Accounting 3
BMGT 335--Mgmt & Organization 3
BMKT 325--Marketing 3
BGEN 361--Intro to Law 3
ECNS 314--International Economics 3
BMKT 242D--Intro Global Markets 3
BMKT 337--Consumer Behavior 3
BMKT 436--Sales and Sales Management 3

Management & Industry Electives
(Select 12 Credits)
ANSC 232--Livestock Mgmt-Sheep 1
ANSC 234--Livestock Mgmt-Beef 1
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
NRSM 455--Riparian Ecology & Management 3
NRSM 353--Grazing Ecology & Management 3
ANSC 410--Veterinary Entomology 2
ANSC 418--Topics in Beef Nutrition 2  
ANSC 432--Sheep Management 3
ANSC 434R--Beef Cattle Management 4
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
AGSC 341--Field Crop Production 3
AGSC 342--Forages 3

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. University core requirements must be completed.


LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT & INDUSTRY OPTION

Freshman Year F S
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic & Biochem 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
University Core and Electives 6
14 14
Sophomore Year F S
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems 3
Take two of the following:
     ANSC 205--Intro to Meat Eval (or) 2
     ANSC 308--Livestock Evaluation 2
     ANSC 232--Livestock Mgmt-Sheep 1
     EQUS 233--Horse Science and Mgmt Lab 1
     ANSC 234--Livestock Mgmt-Beef 1
     NRSM 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
AGBE 210IS--Econ of Ag Business 3
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Prof Comm Fundamentals 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
ANSC 265--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal Lab 1
University Core and Electives 4
Econ & Business Elective
14-17 13-15
Junior Year F S
ANSC 316--Meat Science 4
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 321--Physiology of Animal Reproduction 4
ANSC 322--Princ of Animal Breed/Genetic 3
ANSC 337--Diseases of Domestic Livestock 3
ANSC 498--Internship (minimum 3 credits) 3
Econ & Business Elective 3 3
University Core and Electives 3 3
14 16
Senior Year F S
Livestock Management Elective 3 3
Mgmt & Industry Elective 6 6
University Core and Electives 7 4
16 13

ARNR Livestock Management Electives
(Select 6 credits)
ANSC 416R--Meat Processing 3
EQUS 430--Horse Management 4
ANSC 432--Sheep Management 3
ANSC 434R--Beef Cattle Mgmt     4

Econ &  Business Electives                       
(Select 9 credits)
ACTG 220--Survey of Accounting 3
AGBE 321--Econ Ag Marketing 3
AGBE 337--Ag Law

3

AGBE 341--Farm & Ranch Mgmt 3
AGBE 345--Ag Finance Cred Analys 3
AGBE 421--Adv Ag Marketing 3
AGED 353--Co-op Bus Prin & Pract 3
ACTG 201--Prin Accounting I 3
ACTG 202--Managerial Accounting 3
BMGT 335--Mgmt & Organization 3
BMKT 325--Marketing 3
BGEN 361--Intro to Law 3
ECNS 314--International Economics 3
BMKT 242D--Intro Global Mrkts 3
BMKT 337--Consumer Behavior 3
BMKT 436--Sales and Sales Management 3

Management & Industry Electives            
(Select 12 credits)
EQUS 327--Equine Lameness 3
NRSM 455--Riparian Ecology & Management 3
NRSM 353--Grazing Ecology & Management 3
ANSC 410--Veterinary Entomology 2
ANSC 421--Assist Reproductive Technologies 4
ANSC 418--Topics in Beef Nutrition 2
EQUS 423--Equine Nutrition 2
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
AGSC 341--Field Crop Production 3
AGSC 342--Forages

3

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. University core requirements must be completed.


SCIENCE OPTION

Freshman Year F S
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biological Diversity 4  
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems   4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
University Core and Electives 3 4
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems 3
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry 5
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Prof Comm Fundamentals   3
     WRIT 221 --Intermediate Tech Writing 3
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus 4
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
BIOB 105CS--Intro to Biotech 3
ANSC 265--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal Lab 1
University Core and Electives 1 1
15 15
Junior Year F S
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 321--Physiology of Animal Reproduction 4
ANSC 322--Princ of Animal Breed/Genetic 3
BCH 380--Biochemistry 5
Select 12 credits from the following:
     ANSC 337--Diseases of Domestic Livestock 3
     ANSC 410--Veterinary Entomology 2
     BIOB 375--General Genetics 3
     BIOO 310--Comp Vertebrate Anat 4
     BIOH 323--Human Developmental Biology 3
     BIOH 340--Principles of Histology 3
     BIOO 412--Animal Physiology 3
     BIOM 360--Gen Microbiology 5
     PHSX 205--College Physics I 4
     PHSX 207--College Physics II 4
University Core and Electives 2
14 16
Senior Year F S
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 498--Internship (minimum 3 credits) (or)     3
     ANSC 490R--Undergraduate Research    3
Must take at least 2 of the following:
     ANSC 316--Meat Science 4  
     EQUS 430--Horse Management 4
     ANSC 432--Sheep Management 3
     ANSC 434R--Beef Cattle Management 4
University Core and Electives 12 0
15 15

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. University core requirements must be completed.


ANIMAL SCIENCE MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Credits
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Natural Resource Conservation Lab 1
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems 3
ANSC 265--Functional Anat Dom Animals 3
ANSC 266--Functional Anat Dom Animals Lab 1
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 321--Physiology of Reproduction 4
ANSC 322--Princ of Animal Breed/Genetics 3
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 205--Intro to Meat Evaluation 2
     ANSC 215--Calving Management 2
     ANSC 232--Lvstk Mgmt-Sheep I 1
     EQUS 233--Horse Science and Mgt Lab 1
     ANSC 234--Lvstk Mgmt-Beef I 1
     NRSM 236--Small Pasture Management 1
     ANSC 308--Livestock Eval 2
Take one of the following:  
     ANSC 316--Meat Science 4
     EQUS 430--Horse Management 4
     ANSC 432--Sheep Management 3
     ANSC 434R--Beef Cattle Management 4
29-31

All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for upper division courses.


MSU GENETICS MINOR

The department participates in MSU's Genetics Minor and recommends this minor to students particularly interested in genetics.


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