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Animal Sciences involves studying and applying the basic principles of nutrition, reproduction, and genetics to the production and management of animals: horses, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, and other domesticated species.

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To keep pace with the food, fiber, and recreation requirements of a growing world population, Animal Sciences graduates are needed in the livestock industry and closely related fields. The Animal Sciences major offers considerable flexibility in fulfilling specific career objectives, whether you are interested in working directly with livestock or indirectly in closely related areas such as agribusiness, research, government, or education.

Possible career fields include:

  • Agribusiness & Finance
  • Allied Animal Industries
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Promotion & Public Relations
  • College & University (research, technician, extension, instruction)
  • Dairy Food & Meat Science Industry
  • Extension & Education
  • Government Agencies
  • Research & Laboratories
  • Veterinary Medicine*
  • Zoos, Kennels, Clinics, and Animal Preserves

*Note that students completing the pre-professional option have fulfilled the necessary requirements for most veterinary colleges.

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Animal Industry 120 - 124 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
CHE 105
4
CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I

CHE 105

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their application to pure and mixed substances. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 109 and CHE 110.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above (or Math placement test), or MA 109, or MA 110.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 105 to satisfy UK Core.

1 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105 or CHE 110, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq or coreq: CHE 105 or CHE 110.

GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
CHE 107
3
CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II

CHE 107

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to elements and compounds.

Prereq: CHE 105 or CHE 110 (with a C or better).

CHE 113
2
CHE 113 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

CHE 113

2 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq: CHE 111. Prereq or coreq: CHE 107.

MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 31

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
ASC 205
1
ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES

ASC 205

1 credit hours

Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

BIO 148
3
BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I

BIO 148

3 credit hours

BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

Prereq: Math ACT of 24 or above, or MA 109, and past or concurrent enrollment in CHE 105.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
Specialty Support
3
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
Specialty Support
3
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

BIO 152

3 credit hours

The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

Prereq: C or better in BIO 148 or permission of Department.

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 28 - 34

Fall Semester
13 - 16 Credit Hours
ASC 325
3
ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ASC 325

3 credit hours

An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

*Class only offered in Fall.

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
15 - 18 Credit Hours
ASC 362
4
ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

ASC 362

4 credit hours

Fundamental principles of genetics and statistics as applied in selection and mating systems to make genetic improvements in farm animals. Involves traditional discussion of Mendelian, population, and quantitative genetics and their application. Includes development of genetic prediction and introduces genomic techniques for increasing accuracy of prediction.

Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

ASC 364
4
ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS

ASC 364

4 credit hours

Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

The composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs. The digestive systems, nutritional requirements, formulated rations and economical feeding programs for farm animals. Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 30

Fall Semester
11 - 18 Credit Hours
ASC 470
3
ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

ASC 470

3 credit hours

Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

Prereq: Senior standing in College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences major.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
4 - 12 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Food Industry 120 - 125 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 105 to satisfy UK Core.

1 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105 or CHE 110, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq or coreq: CHE 105 or CHE 110.

CHE 105
4
CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I

CHE 105

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their application to pure and mixed substances. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 109 and CHE 110.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above (or Math placement test), or MA 109, or MA 110.

ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

CHE 107
3
CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II

CHE 107

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to elements and compounds.

Prereq: CHE 105 or CHE 110 (with a C or better).

CHE 113
2
CHE 113 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

CHE 113

2 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq: CHE 111. Prereq or coreq: CHE 107.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 31

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
ASC 205
1
ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES

ASC 205

1 credit hours

Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

BIO 148
3
BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I

BIO 148

3 credit hours

BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

Prereq: Math ACT of 24 or above, or MA 109, and past or concurrent enrollment in CHE 105.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

BIO 152

3 credit hours

The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

Prereq: C or better in BIO 148 or permission of Department.

FSC 107
3
FSC 107 - INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SCIENCE

FSC 107

3 credit hours

A general basic food science course that deals with world food needs and available food supplies, types of food and nutritive values and use, food processing technology and distribution methods.

CHE 230 or CHE 236
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 32 - 35

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
ASC 300
4
ASC 300 - MEAT SCIENCE

ASC 300

4 credit hours

A historical perspective of the meat industry together with major changes in body type and composition in both the live animal and its end product meat. Students will evaluate live market animals (swine, cattle, sheep), harvest the market animals, and follow their carcasses and cuts through fabrication and distribution channels. Major topics of discussion will focus on growth and development, inspection, grading, physical and chemical composition of meat and postmortem changes that affect meat quality. Additional information will cover meat marketing trends, nutrition, meat cookery, meat selection, health issues and consumer information. Prereq: ASC 101 and ASC 102.

Prereq: ASC 101 and ASC 102.

ASC 325
3
ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ASC 325

*Class only offered in Fall.

3 credit hours

An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

*Class only offered in Fall.

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Specialty Support
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
Spring Semester
16 - 19 Credit Hours
ASC 362
4
ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

ASC 362

**Class only offered in Spring.

4 credit hours

Fundamental principles of genetics and statistics as applied in selection and mating systems to make genetic improvements in farm animals. Involves traditional discussion of Mendelian, population, and quantitative genetics and their application. Includes development of genetic prediction and introduces genomic techniques for increasing accuracy of prediction.

Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

ASC 364
4
ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS

ASC 364

**Class only offered in Spring.

4 credit hours

Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

The composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs. The digestive systems, nutritional requirements, formulated rations and economical feeding programs for farm animals. Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

FSC 304
4
FSC 304 - Principles of red meat, poultry, fish and dairy processing; physical and chemical composition and nutritive value of meat, dairy and egg products; structure and identification of muscle; inspection, grading, formulation, processing and preservation methods; organoleptic properties and consumer acceptance of processed meat, dairy, and egg products. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

FSC 304

4 credit hours

Principles of red meat, poultry, fish and dairy processing; physical and chemical composition and nutritive value of meat, dairy and egg products; structure and identification of muscle; inspection, grading, formulation, processing and preservation methods; organoleptic properties and consumer acceptance of processed meat, dairy, and egg products. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

Prereq: FSC 107.

Elective
1 - 4

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 30

Fall Semester
11 - 18 Credit Hours
ASC 470
3
ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

ASC 470

3 credit hours

Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

Prereq: Senior standing in College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences major.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Specialty Support
3
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
4 - 12 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Pre-Professional 120 - 132 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
CHE 105
4
CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I

CHE 105

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 111 to satisfy UK Core.

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their application to pure and mixed substances. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 109 and CHE 110.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above (or Math placement test), or MA 109, or MA 110.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

**UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math** Must be taken with CHE 105 to satisfy UK Core.

1 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105 or CHE 110, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq or coreq: CHE 105 or CHE 110.

GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
CHE 107
3
CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II

CHE 107

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to elements and compounds.

Prereq: CHE 105 or CHE 110 (with a C or better).

CHE 113
2
CHE 113 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

CHE 113

2 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq: CHE 111. Prereq or coreq: CHE 107.

MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 30

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 205
1
ASC 205 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMAL SCIENCES

ASC 205

1 credit hours

Local experts in a wide variety of animal production enterprises and associated support services will give presentations on their area of expertise. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day and potential employment opportunities in that field with the speaker. Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

Prereq: ASC 102 (or concurrent enrollment).

BIO 148
3
BIO 148 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I

BIO 148

3 credit hours

BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).

Prereq: Math ACT of 24 or above, or MA 109, and past or concurrent enrollment in CHE 105.

CHE 230
3
CHE 230 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

CHE 230

3 credit hours

Fundamental principles and theories of organic chemistry.

Prereq: CHE 107 and CHE 113.

CHE 231
1
CHE 231 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

CHE 231

1 credit hours

Laboratory for CHE 230 or CHE 236. Laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: CHE 113; prereq or concur, CHE 230 or CHE 236

UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
BIO 152
3
BIO 152 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

BIO 152

3 credit hours

The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.

Prereq: C or better in BIO 148 or permission of Department.

CHE 232
3
CHE 232 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

CHE 232

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 230.

Prereq: CHE 230 with grade C or above.

CHE 233
1
CHE 233 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

CHE 233

1 credit hours

Laboratory for CHE 232. Laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: CHE 231; pereq or concur: CHE 232.

STA 210 or STA 296
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3
WRD 203 or WRD 204
3

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 34

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 325
3
ASC 325 - ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY

ASC 325

3 credit hours

An introduction to the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems in domestic animals. Emphasis will be on how these systems interact to regulate circulation, gas exchange, acid-base balance, digestion and metabolism, locomotion and adapting to environmental changes. Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

Prereq: BIO 152, junior standing or consent of instructor.

ASC 378
3
ASC 378 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING

ASC 378

*Class only offered in Fall.

3 credit hours

A fundamental study of the nutrients, their utilization and their role in the animal in conjunction with an applied understanding of the manner in which feedstuffs are evaluated and blended to meet the various species needs for those nutrients. Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

Prereq: ASC 101 and CHE 230 or CHE 236.

BIO 304
4
BIO 304 - PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS

BIO 304

4 credit hours

A study of the physical and chemical aspects of the genetic material and their relationship to the expression and inheritance of the phenotype. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours per week.

Prereq: BIO 148, BIO 152, BIO 155, CHE 107, CHE 113.

PHY 211
5
PHY 211 - GENERAL PHYSICS

PHY 211

5 credit hours

First part of a two-semester survey of classical and modern physics, focusing on the motion of solids and fluids as governed by Newton's Laws and by the conservation laws of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 231 and 241.

Prereq: A working knowledge of algebra as obtainable in MA 109 or MA 110 or MA 112, or an ACT math score of 25 or above, or an SAT math score of 590 or above, or an SAT2016 math score of 610 or above.

Spring Semester
19 Credit Hours
ASC 362
4
ASC 362 - ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS

ASC 362

4 credit hours

Fundamental principles of genetics and statistics as applied in selection and mating systems to make genetic improvements in farm animals. Involves traditional discussion of Mendelian, population, and quantitative genetics and their application. Includes development of genetic prediction and introduces genomic techniques for increasing accuracy of prediction.

Prereq: ASC 101, BIO 152.

ASC 364
4
ASC 364 - REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS

ASC 364

4 credit hours

Introduction to anatomy and physiological processes related to reproduction with a focus on farm animals. Evaluations of management procedures as they relate to reproductive physiology. Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

Prereq: ASC 101 and BIO 152. Primary registration access limited to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration.

ASC 380
3
ASC 380 - APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION

ASC 380

3 credit hours

The composition and nutritional characteristics of common feedstuffs. The digestive systems, nutritional requirements, formulated rations and economical feeding programs for farm animals. Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

Prereq: ASC 378 or consent of instructor.

PHY 213
5
PHY 213 - GENERAL PHYSICS

PHY 213

5 credit hours

Continuation of PHY 211, covering electrostatics, de circuits, magnetism, Maxwell’s Equations, electromagnetic radiation, light and some modern physics. Lecture, two hours; recitation, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Credit is not given to students who already have credit for PHY 232 and 242.

Prereq: PHY 211 or equivalent.

UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 15 - 39

Fall Semester
9 - 19 Credit Hours
ASC 470
3
ASC 470 - CAPSTONE FOR ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

ASC 470

3 credit hours

Discussion of the importance of livestock production to society and consideration of major issues impacting animal agriculture. Principles and practices learned in disciplinary and commodity Animal Sciences courses are integrated into a unified perspective, and the sicentific method is employed as an approach to problem analysis and resolution. Refinement of skills in critical thinking, information gathering, writing, and oral communication is emphasized.

Prereq: Senior standing in College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences major.

ASC Production Course
2 - 4
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
6 - 20 Credit Hours
ASC Production Course
2 - 4
Academic Enrichment Course
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4

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Animal Sciences (BS) - Year 1 120 hours
Freshman Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 29

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

CHE 105
4
CHE 105 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I

CHE 105

4 credit hours

A study of chemical principles and their application to pure and mixed substances. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 109 and CHE 110.

Prereq: Math ACT of 23 or above (or Math placement test), or MA 109, or MA 110.

CHE 111
1
CHE 111 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

CHE 111

1 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 105 or CHE 110, dealing with the properties of chemical substances and providing an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq or coreq: CHE 105 or CHE 110.

GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

3 credit hours

An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

CHE 107
3
CHE 107 - GENERAL COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II

CHE 107

3 credit hours

A continuation of CHE 105. A study of the principles of chemistry and their application to elements and compounds.

Prereq: CHE 105 or CHE 110 (with a C or better).

CHE 113
2
CHE 113 - GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

CHE 113

2 credit hours

A laboratory course, to accompany CHE 107, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis.

Prereq: CHE 111. Prereq or coreq: CHE 107.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
MA 123 or MA 113 or MA 137
4

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what you'll study 

As an Animal Sciences major, you have the opportunity to pursue specific interests by selecting one of three study options:

  • Animal Industry (animal production and management for livestock, equine, or dairy)
  • Food Industry (food processing, chemistry, and safety)
  • Pre-Professional (veterinary sciences, human medicine, and graduate research)

Students get hands-on experience with the university livestock herds and flocks in addition to the meats and research laboratories.  Internships, undergraduate research experiences, study abroad programs, and student mentorships will offer you opportunities to gain a variety of experiences.  

Additionally, you have the opportunity  to take advantage of various extracurricular activities including:

  • Livestock, Meats, and Dairy Judging Teams
  • Dairy Challenge Team
  • Block and Bridle Club
  • Dairy Club
  • Pre-Vet Club

Featured Career

Agricultural and Food Scientists

Agricultural and food scientists research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$60,690

per year in 2014

Work Environment

Agricultural and food scientists work in various industries, including colleges and universities, manufacturing, and in scientific research and development. They work in offices, laboratories, and, sometimes, food production facilities. Most agricultural and food scientists work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Microbiologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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