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Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

The animal sciences graduate program provides you with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working with distinguished faculty in state of the art facilities. Many opportunities exist for course work and research in areas ranging from current animal production techniques to recombinant DNA research on fundamental animal and cell physiology problems.

Areas of study include:

  • Beef Management
  • Dairy Management
  • Environmental Stress/Physiology (Toxicology, Heat Stress)
  • Muscle Biology
  • Race Track Industry
  • Food Safety
  • Reproduction/Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Metabolic/Nutritional Endocrinology

Graduate Degrees Offered

The animal and comparative biomedical sciences graduate program offers both Master of Science (two options) and doctoral degrees. The program provides maximum flexibility in planning programs of study for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates, and no uniform core of coursework is required. Your individual plan of study is developed and approved by your graduate advisory committee (GAC) in accordance with your research interests and career goals. You can expect to become accomplished in verbal and written communication through participation in departmental courses and seminars, and through presentations at local, national, and international meetings. You also are required to gain teaching experience by becoming a teaching assistant or through involvement in other teaching activities.

Traditional M.S.

The traditional M.S. option requires a minimal number of formal graduate courses, complemented by completion of a major research project and preparation of a formal thesis. Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. degree later (with committee approval) do not have to complete this M.S. degree option.

Non-Thesis M.S. in Race Track Industry

A non-thesis degree option in the race track industry requires increased formal course credits, with no major thesis research project. The non-thesis option has an emphasis on preparing you for professional opportunities in animal agriculture-related business. The non-thesis option includes a professional development project generated through an internship or applied, business-related research. The non-thesis option is not designed to prepare you for advancement into the Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimal number of formal graduate courses, the passing of traditional comprehensive written and oral exams, and completion of a formal research project and dissertation defense. Our Ph.D. program does not require prior completion of a master’s degree.

Animal Sciences Graduate Minor

A minor in the animal sciences will consist of nine hours of graded coursework with one member of your graduate student committee being part of the MGP.

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Core Faculty

  • Randy Bogan, Ph.D., M.C.R
  • Zelieann Craig, Ph.D.
  • Duarte Diaz, Ph.D.
  • Frank Duca, Ph.D.
  • Sean Limesand, Ph.D., F.
  • Benjamin Renquist, Ph.D.
  • Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Ph.D.
  • Arun Dhar, Ph.D.

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Joint Faculty

  • Klearchos K. Papas, Ph.D.
  • Patricia Hoyer, Ph.D. (Physiology)

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

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