Animal Sciences



The School of Animal Sciences is a fully integrated animal science program. We provide a wide array of research, extension and academic programs in food, recreational and companion animal production, veterinary science and animal products. We offer a variety of degree programs including animal science, dairy science, dairy foods technology and poultry science. We also offer training in equine science, meat science, companion animals and pre-veterinary medicine. Our programs prepare students for challenging careers. We also offer a variety of scholarship and career-oriented internship opportunities for qualified students.



Degree Programs

ANIMAL SCIENCE ANSC

1011 Introduction to Animal Science (3) F,S Science and production of beef cattle, sheep, swine, and horses; their role in American agriculture.

2001 Farm Unit Internship (1) F,S,Su Prereq.: ANSC 1011 and consent of department head. 3 hrs. work experi­ence. May be taken for a max. of 5 sem. hrs. of credit, one each in beef, horse, sheep, swine, and meat units. Pass‑fail grading. Supervised work experience with animal behavior, vocational management skills, and livestock handling.

2060 Companion Animal Management (3) Care, feeding, breeding, behavior, and management of companion animals; emphasis on dogs and cats; opportunities in the pet-related fields and industries.

2133 Growth and Development of Livestock (3) S 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Cell, tissue, and body growth, develop­ment, and composition; patterns of tissue deposition in livestock; control and modification of normal and abnormal growth; evaluation and measurement of composition of beef, sheep, swine, and horses.

3033 Elements of Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation (3) F 1 hr. lecture; 4 hrs. lab. Basic principles and tech­niques involved in evaluation of meat animals and their carcasses.

3034 Advanced Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation (3) S Prereq.: ANSC 3033. 1 hr. lecture; 4 hrs. lab.

3051 Ani­mal Science Problems (1‑6) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of department head. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Directed individual study of a problem in biotechnology, nutrition, meats, reproduction, breeding and genetics, herd health, or marketing of farm animals.

3053 Meats (3) F 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Livestock and meat industry relationship; live animal and carcass compar­ison, slaughtering, processing, identification, and utilization of meat and meat products.

3060 Companion Animal Health Maintenance and Disease (3) F Prereq.: ANSC 2060, BIOL 1201 and 1202, VETS 2000. Canine and feline health maintenance programs diagnostic test and tools used in animal health professions, etiology, clinical findings, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of common companion animal diseases and disorders, zoonotic disease transmission, and prevention.

3070 Small animal Anatomy and Physiology (3) S Prereq.: ANSC 2060, BIOL 1201 and 1202. Anatomy and physiology of small companion animals and exotic species.

4001 Parasite Effects on Animal Performance (2) F Prereq.: ANSC 4009 or equivalent. 1 hr. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Endo- and ecto-parasites that affect performance of domestic animals and birds.

4009 Animal Nutrition (3) F Prereq.: CHEM 2060 or equivalent. Basic principles of nutrition including chemical composition of feedstuffs, digestion, metabolism, and functions and values of nutrients.

4018 Principles of Animal Genetics (4) F Prereq.: DARY 2072 or BIOL 2153 and EXST 2201; or equivalent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Concepts of animal breeding and genetics as they relate to farm livestock.

4040 Quality Assurance in the Food Industry (4) S See DARY 4040.

4045 Reproductive Physiology of Farm Animals (3) F See DARY 4045.

4050 Animal Biotechnology (3) F Prereq.: at least 8 hrs. of biological sciences. Recent developments in animal bio­technology; development of methods to increase the effi­ciency of growth, reproduction, and lactation; improvement of resistance to disease and stress.

4060 Contemporary Issues in the Animal Sciences (3) Prereq.: ANSC 1011 or equivalent. Discussion and evaluation of contemporary issues and policies related to animal biology and agriculture; development of reasoning and interpersonal skills; preparation of subject matter for distribution to the public.

4081 Swine Production (3) S‑E Prereq.: credit or regis­tration in ANSC 4009 or DARY 3010 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Grad­uate students in animal, dairy, and poultry sciences or animal and dairy sciences may not take more than one of the follow­ing for graduate credit: ANSC 4081, 4084, 4086, or 4088. Man­agement practices of swine; reproduction, nutrition, diseas­es and other aspects of production.

4084 Beef Cattle Production (3) S Prereq.: DARY 3010 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Graduate students in animal, dairy, and poultry sciences or animal and dairy sciences may not take more than one of the follow­ing for graduate credit: ANSC 4081, 4084, 4086, or 4088. Man­agement practices of beef cattle; reproduction, breed­ing, feeding, marketing, herd health, and other aspects of pro­duction in the south.

4086 Small Ruminant Production (3) S‑O Prereq.: DARY 3010 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Grad­uate students in animal, dairy, and poultry sciences or animal and dairy sciences may not take more than one of the follow­ing for graduate credit: ANSC 4081, 4084, 4086, or 4088. Theory and practice of manage­ment, breed­ing, and feeding of sheep and goats for production under south­ern conditions.

4088 Horse Production (3) S Prereq.: ANSC 1011; 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Graduate students in animal, dairy, and poultry sciences or animal and dairy sciences may not take more than one of the following for graduate cred­it: ANSC 4081, 4084, 4086, or 4088. Theory and practice of raising horses; conformation and selection; nutrition, repro­duction, breeding, and produc­tion in the south.

4092 Animal Science Proseminar (1) F,S Nutrition, animal breeding and production, and meat processing and preservation.

4094 Meat Technology (3) S‑E Prereq.: ANSC 3053; and BIOL 2083 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab.

4095 Reproductive Physiology and Management of Zoo, Laboratory, and Companion Animals (4) S‑E Prereq.: basic course in biology or zoology; and ANSC 4045 or equivalent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Field trips are required. Reproductive biology of zoo, laboratory, and com­panion animals, with emphasis on breeding management.

7001 Experimental Methods (2) F Prereq.: credit or registration in EXST 7004 or equivalent. Scientific meth­ods applied to animal science.

7006 Advanced Animal Genetics (3) F-O Prereq.: DARY 7004 or equivalent. Application of genetic principles and theory to farm livestock populations.

7050 Advanced Animal Physiology and Laboratory Techniques (4) F‑EPrereq.: consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Physiological processes relating to domestic animal homeostasis and their interaction with production; current laboratory techniques.

7051 Advanced Physiology of Reproduction (3) S‑O Prereq.: ANSC 4045 or DARY 4045. Processes of repro­duc­tion in farm animals.

7052 Biotechnology of Gamete and Embryo Physiology and Micromanipulation (4) S (even- numbered years) Prereq.: ANSC 4045 or equivalent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Procedures for manip­ulation of mammalian gametes in vitro and general bio­technology techniques; emphasis on application to biologi­cal research.

7061 Research in Animal Science (1‑6) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of department head. May be repeated for credit; max. credit of 6 hrs. for MS degree and 9 hrs. for PhD degree. Research in animal nutrition, breeding, and produc­tion; physiology of reproduction; meat technology.

7­091 Seminar (1) F,S May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. of credit.

7900 Special Topics in Animal Science (1-6) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of department head. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Special topics of interest in animal science.

8000 Thesis Research (1‑12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.

9000 Dissertation Research (1‑12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.

DAIRY SCIENCE  DARY

1048 Elements of Dairying (3) F,S Fundamentals of dairy production and manufacturing.

2040 Techniques of Judging and Evaluating Dairy Cattle (2) F Development of live animal evaluation tech­niques in a clinical setting; emphasis on visual evaluation, decision mak­ing, oral communication.

2049 Dairy Cattle Produc­tion Practices (3) S Prereq.: DARY 1048. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Dairy cattle pro­duc­tion practices; care, fitting, showing dairy cattle.

2072 Introductory Agricultural Genetics (3) S Prereq.: BIOL 1002 or equivalent. Introduction to classical and modern genetic methodology used in agriculture including Mendelian principles, successful breeding techniques, assisted reproductive technology, genetic engineering and other biotechnological methods.

2075 Milk and Dairy Foods (3) F Product processing techniques and related principles involved in market prepa­ration of milk and dairy foods; emphasis on con­sumer and processor viewpoints relative to product com­position, processing, marketing, sanitation, and related environmen­tal aspects.

2085 Milk Quality Control Laboratory (2) S Prereq.: permission of department. 4 hrs. lab. Public Health Service laboratory and inspection proce­dures for quality control on dairy farms and in milk plants.

2093 Dairy Products Judging (2) S Development of sensory evaluation techniques in a clinical setting; emphasis on sensory evaluation, decision making, oral communication.

3010 Applied Animal Feed Formulation (3) S Prereq.: ANSC 1011 or DARY 1048 or PLSC 1049 and MATH 1021 or equivalent. Formulation of feed for agricul­tural animals, including feed laws, feed stuffs, and re­quire­ments.

3049 Topics in Dairy Science (1-3) F,S,Su Prereq.: con­sent of department head. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. credit. Topics from dairy production or dairy food manu­facturing areas.

3050 Dairy Science Internship (3) Su Prereq.: junior stand­ing with an overall gpa of 2.20 and consent of de­part­ment head. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of cred­it. Forty hours of supervised work in the dairy indus­try.

4020 Dairy Foods Technology: Frozen and Cultured Dairy Products (4) F‑O 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Princi­ples and processes in the manufacture of ice cream and other frozen dairy products; concentrated milk products; cheese and fermented milk products.

4040 Quality Assurance in the Food Industry (4) S-E Prereq.: BIOL 2051. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Also offered as ANSC 4040, FDSC 4040, and PLSC 4040. Laboratory functions, manufacturing processes, and mi­cro­biological, chemical, and statistical techniques used to provide com­plete quality assurance for the modern dairy food plant.

4043 Domestic Animal Endocrinology (3) F Relation of endo­crine system to reproduction, growth, and function of domestic animals.

4045 Reproductive Physiology of Farm Animals (3) F Also offered as ANSC 4045. Re­pro­ductive anatomy and physiology of farm animals; fac­tors af­fecting reproductive per­formance.

4046 Physiology of Lactation (2) S-E Prereq.: BIOL 1002 and 1005; or equivalent. Anatomy and development of the mammary gland; physiological and biochemical regu­lation of mammary growth and milk secretion; em­pha­sis on farm animals.

4047 Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemi­nation (1) F Prereq.: credit or registration in ANSC/DARY 4045. 3 hrs. lab. Management techniques and principles necessary for artificial insemination in cattle.

4054 Dairy Farm Management (4) S-O Prereq.: DARY 2049 or consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Principles of managing dairy cattle; recommend­ed farm practices for economical milk production.­­­

4081 Dairy Microbiology (3) F Prereq.: BIOL 2051. 1 hr. lecture; 4 hrs. lab. Application of specific bacterio­logi­cal procedures used in quality control and processing of dairy products.

4118 Applied Animal Breeding and Genetics (2) F-E Prereq.: DARY 2072 or BIOL 2153 and EXST 2201. Mating systems and methods of breeding for genetic improvement in farm livestock.­­

7004 Population Genetics in Animal and Plant Breed­ing (4) S Prereq.: DARY 4118 and EXST 7004; or equiv­alent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Genetic concepts con­cerning char­acteristics of populations.

7018 Rumen Physiology and Metabolism (3) F‑O Com­parison of ruminants to other herbivora and nonruminant animals; factors associated with obtaining and utilizing feeds; fermentation products; symbiotic relationship between microflora and the host animal; host animal me­tabo­lism.­­

7020 Andrology (3) S-E Prereq.: DARY/ANSC 4045 or equivalent. Male reproductive physiology and anatomy of avian, aquatic, and mammalian species.

7091 Advanced Dairy Seminar (1) F,S May be taken 4 times for credit.

8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grad­ing.

8900 Research Procedure in Dairy Science (1-6) Prereq.: consent of department. May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. credit. Research in dairy breeding and genetics, man­agement, nutrition, and physiology; dairy manufactur­ing.

9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.

POULTRY SCIENCE  PLSC

1049 Poultry Science and Production (3) F,S Principles and practices of commercial poultry production.

2040 Techniques of Judging and Evaluating Poultry and Poultry Products (2) F,S 4 hrs. lab. May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Principles and tech­niques in evalua­tion of poultry and poultry prod­ucts.

3001 Apprenticeship in the Poultry Industry (3-6) V Prereq.: junior standing with an overall gpa of 2.50 on all work taken at LSU; consent of department head and indus­try cooperator. May be taken for a max. of 12 sem. hrs. of credit. Pass-fail grading. Supervised work in egg process­ing, broiler processing, feed manufacturing, hatchery man­agement, or flock supervision for a period of not less than two months.

3900 Poultry Research (1‑3) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of department. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Feeding, breeding, management, and market­ing problems.

4031 Incubation and Hatchery Management (2) F‑O Prereq.: 6 sem. hrs. of biological science or equivalent. 1 hr. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Chick development and embry­olo­gy; incubation princi­ples and practices; hatchery equip­ment and design; hatchery management.

4032 Science and Technology of Poultry Products (3) S Prereq.: BIOL 1001, 1002, or equivalent and PLSC 1049 or higher. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Preparation of eggs and poultry for market; methods of maintaining quality during harvesting, processing, grading, and packaging of poultry meat and eggs.

4040 Quality Assurance in the Food Industry (4) See DARY 4040.

4051 Poultry Biology (3) F 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Structure, conformation, and selection of fowl; emphasis on egg formation and oviposition; other physiological factors of economic impor­tance.

4052 Poultry Management (3) S‑E Prereq.: 6 sem. hrs. of biological science or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Growth and development of the U.S. commercial egg and broiler industries; principles of nutrition, genetics, housing, management, and marketing; types of integrated operations and contract production.

4900 Special Topics in Poultry Science (1-3) Prereq.: consent of department. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Topics from current poultry production or poultry products areas.­

7091 Poultry Seminar (1) F,S May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. of credit during period of graduate study. Graduate students in poultry science must participate in a report and discus­sion group on current literature in their fields.­

7900 Advanced Poultry Research (1‑5) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of department. May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. credit. Research in poultry nutrition, breeding, pro­duc­tion, and market products.

8000 Thesis Research (1‑12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grad­ing.

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