Graduate Courses

5101 Graduate Seminar (1-0) A course designed to give graduate students the opportunity to present oral papers and receive evaluation of the presentation or to review job search techniques and employment opportunities for the new graduate. May be repeated for credit.

5301 Seminar in Animal Science (3-0) This course is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of graduate students studying in the various disciplines in animal science. Subject matter to be selected by the students under the guidance of the instructor. May be repeated under different subject matter titles.

5303 Special Topics (3-0) Advanced studies in current agricultural and natural resource sciences research. Topics assigned according to the experience, interest and needs of the individual student. Registration approval by the ANSC chair. May be repeated under different subject matter titles.

5304 Research (0-6) Advanced studies in current agricultural research in animal production. Problems assigned according to the experience, interest and needs of the individual student. Registration approval by the ANSC chair. One enrollment required of each non-thesis student for assigned research paper. May be repeated for credit.

5307 Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as a Food (2-2) Emphasizes biochemical, histological, anatomical and physical factors associated with the transformation of the muscle cell into meat.

5309 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3-0) Physiological aspects of digestion and absorption; nutrient content of livestock feeds and methods of analyzing nutritional energetics, nutrient requirements of different farm animals and the application of current concepts in nutrition to ration formulation and nutritional programs

5310 Advanced Reproductive Physiology (3-0) Advanced study of the physiological basis of reproduction, including hormonal and nervous system pathways affecting estrous cycles, ovulation, parturition and spermatogenesis.

5311 Scientific Writing (3-0) An advanced study of proposal and thesis format in animal science or range and wildlife management. Covers publication styles comment in each student's chosen field. Scientific publications are emphasized

5312 Biostatistical Analysis I (2-2) An introduction to statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course introduces the scientific method, inferential theory, data types, descriptive statistics, goodness of fit, contingency tables, the normal distribution and one- and two-sample hypothesis testing. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications.

5313 Biostatistical Analysis II (2-2) An advanced course in statistical concepts and models applied to agricultural and biological systems. The course will cover experimental designs, paired-sample hypotheses, multisample hypotheses (ANOVA), multiple comparisons, factorial and nested ANOVA, data transformations, linear regression and correlation, multiple regression and correlation, polynomial regression and the bionomial distribution. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation using computer statistical applications. Prerequisite: ANSC 5312 or permission of instructor.

5314 Endocrinology (3-0) Structure and function of endocrine glands and how their secretions regulate biochemical reactions, integrate tissue and organ systems and control behavior.

5315 Advanced Reproductive Techniques (3-0) Detailed study of the various techniques to control and determine reproductive functions in domestic and nondomestic species. Techniques covered will include semen collection, evaluation and freezing; super ovulation, oocyte-embryo collection, in vitro oocyte maturation, sperm capacitation, in vitro fertilization, embryo culture, embryo micromanipulation, embryo freezing and transfer; and ultrasonography.

5316 Project Research (1 to 9-0) Research for thesis project. Prerequisite: master of science students who have been admitted to candidacy.

5317 Agricultural Biochemistry (3-0) The biochemical properties of macromolecules found in living matter, including proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids. The study of metabolic regulation, including lipids, proteins and carbohydrates.

5318 Advanced Agricultural Genetics (3-0) Principles of genetics and their application to livestock, including cell reproduction, Mendelian genetics, biochemistry of genetics, gene structure and functions and genetics of populations

5320 Animal Industries
An in-depth study of business management practices conducted in the Animal Industry. This course will focus on specialized business aspects of business in the animal industry.

5324 Animal Anatomy Biochemistry and Physiology
Emphasizes animal anatomy, biochemical and biochemistry in the transformation of muscle to meat.

5325 Genetics of Domestic Animals
Cell functions, genetics, biotechnology applications, and biotech careers. Genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and potential dangers to humans and the environment.

6301 Thesis Proposal (0-6) Satisfactory completion of this course will result in an acceptable prospectus presented to the graduate committee.

6302 Thesis Defense (0-6) The student will enroll in this course each semester or summer term in which assistance is provided by committee members or when use of the library or other research facilities of Sul Ross State University is made. Satisfactory completion of this course will result in the completed thesis presented to the graduate committee, accepted by the Department Chair and Dean, and filed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Animal Science