Undergraduate Courses

Subject course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

1101 Introduction to Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (1-0) Seminar course designed to introduce students to faculty, facilities, and programs in ANRS and introduce students to study skills essential to a successful career.  Offered fall and spring.

1419 Into to Animal Science (3-2) An introductory survey course. Farm animals as a source of food, clothing, labor; the place of livestock in farming; the place of the United States and Texas in the livestock industry; heredity; the basics for improvement; selecting and judging and its importance; the place and advantage of each type of livestock showing classification; and classification of the breeds and market types of horses, beef cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. Offered fall and spring. (AGRI 1419)

1402 Agronomy (3-2) An introductory survey course which studies the importance and value of crops, their classification, identification and production methods. Special emphasis will be placed upon production methods, employment of natural and insecticide pest management and protection of the environment. The uses of forage and pasture crops will also be discussed. (AGRI 1407)

1403 Clinical Assistance (3-2) An introduction into the principles of restraining domestic animals. This will involve the function, principles and use of certain mechanized restraint equipment as well as the use of common knots, halters and other restraint items. Introduction into injection and inhalation anesthesia. Small animal kennel and cage management. Offered fall only.

1411 Basic Farrier Training (1-6) A basic course in the principles of horseshoeing, including anatomy and physiology of the horse's feet and legs, common unsoundnesses, horse handling skill, hoof trimming, balancing and cold shoeing technique. Necessary hand tools must be purchased by students. Offered fall and spring.

2201 Live Animal Evaluation (1-2) This course is designed to give special training in the selection and judging of beef cattle, sheep and swine. (AGRI 2221)

2302 Equine Performance and Conformation Evaluation (0-4) Students will objectively evaluate a horse's visual appearance and performance, with an emphasis on structure and conformation. Students will place classes and verbally defend their judgments and become familiar with the horse show rules and class requirements of the American Quarter Horse Association. (AGRI 2221)

2303 Horsemanship I (2-2) An introductory course in equine handling, grooming, riding and training techniques, riding equipment, equine psychology and safety. Laboratory consists of students performing ground work and basic riding maneuvers on an assigned school or personal project horse. Students need personal saddles, pads and bridles.

2304 Horsemanship II (2-2) Inherited and learned behavior and psychological aspects of behavior modifications used in training horses. Emphasis on application of actual training techniques for training young horses and teaching advanced maneuvers to older horses. Modern management practices will be demonstrated to allow maximum efficiency in training. Students are responsible for the grooming and daily care of assigned horses. Personal saddles and training equipment are preferred. Offered spring only. Prerequisite: ANSC 2303 and permission of the instructor.

2305 Meat Animal and Carcass Evaluation (2-2) Evaluation of carcasses and wholesale cuts of beef, pork and lamb, factors influencing grades, yields and values in cattle, sheep and swine. Offered in fall only. 2306 Small Animal Management (3-0) A study of breeds, management, nutrition and diseases of the dog and cat. Offered spring only.

2307 Blacksmithing (1-4) Forge operation and basic blacksmithing techniques including drawing, upsetting, punching, twisting and forge welding. Projects will consist of brands, gate hardware, spurs, bits, knives, spoons and ornamental ironwork. Tool sharpening, steel tempering and forged machinery part repair will also be included. Offered fall and spring.

2403 Lameness Physiology (3-2) Diagnosis and treatment of lameness in horses, including case reviews, advanced corrective and surgical shoeing theory and practice. Offered spring only.

2405 Equine Veterinary Footcare (2-4) Animal health-care course designed to development the knowledge and skills of the veterinary technician required to assist a large animal or equine practitioner. The assistance will include reception, diagnosis, preparation for treatment and the follow-up care of the equine foot.

2501 Animal Anatomy/Physiology (4-3) A basic course to teach the students the fundamentals of the structure and function of the various organ systems in the common domestic animals. Offered fall only.

3201 Advanced Live Animal Evaluation (1-2) Characteristics of the different types of livestock; methods used and procedure followed in competitive judging; recommended procedure in selecting animals for purchase; methods used in score card judging, giving oral reasons for the placing of animals judged in classes; coaching livestock judging teams. Prerequisite: ANSC 2201 or permission of instructor.

3300 Equine Nutrition and Health (3-0) A detailed study of the nutrient requirements of horses for various stages of growth, work, reproduction and lactation. Ration formulation using various feed ingredients. Relationships among nutrition, feed-related diseases, environment and management. Review of current horse nutrition research. Offered fall only, alternate with ANSC 3313. Prerequisite: ANSC 3305.

3302 Swine Production and Management (2-2) The course will include study and research in approved production practices for swine. Breeding, feeding and management will constitute the body of the course with practical phases applied through laboratory experiences. Offered alternate odd years, spring only.

3303 Principles of Agriculture Leadership (3-0) A study in basic vocational education including the following essential elements including concepts and skills related to self-awareness, academics to vocational education, study habits, productive work habits, attitudes and employability skills, consumer management, occupational awareness and career decision making and associated with human relations and personality development. Vocational Education history and parliamentary procedure will also be included.

3305 Horse Production and Management (3-0) A study of the breeds of horses and their special uses, horse anatomy and physiology, aging by the teeth, selection and marketing, conformation and gait related to soundness, and light horse management. Offered fall only.

3306 Veterinary Parasitology (2-2) A basic course in animal parasitology especially for Veterinary Technology students. The identification and life cycles of the parasites most commonly seen in domestic and some exotic animals will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis, pathology, treatment of animals will be performed in labs as available. Offered spring only

3308 Agricultural Statistics (3-0) Major emphasis is placed upon design, analysis and interpretation of agricultural and biological experimental data. Information presented in this course will include statistical concepts and models, simple tests of significance, analysis. Offered fall only. Prerequisite: Math 1305, 1310 or permission of instructor

3309 Sheep and Goat Production and Management (2-2) This course will include study of accepted practices in sheep and goat production and management. To be included are: breeding, feeding, and management. Laboratory exercises will be an important portion of the course. Offered spring only.

3310 Special Topics (3-0) Selected topics in the field of Animal Science. Topic selected according to student interest and need. May be repeated as topics vary. Offered all semesters.

3315 Behavior and Management of Domestic Animals (3-0) An in-depth study into the basic components of animal behavior and how these principles apply to the management of domestic livestock. Special emphasis will be placed on facility design, handling techniques, stress, training and current animal welfare and ethics issues.

3402 Beef Cattle Production and Management (3-2) The course will be divided into the areas of history, breeding, feeding, and management of beef cattle. Range laboratory exercises will be an integral part of the course. Offered fall only.

3403 Animal Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding (3-2) A study of nutritive requirements for all classes of livestock and/or wildlife and feed suitability for each type. Special emphasis is on computing balanced rations from available feed stuffs. Offered spring only. Prerequisite: Math 1305 or above and Junior standing or ANSC 2501 and Math 1305, 1310 or above (for Veterinary Technicians.) Organic chemistry recommended

3404 Clinical Pathology (2-4) Routine clinical examination and basic fundamentals of blood analysis, blood chemistry, urinalysis. Included in this course will be a review of the principles and practices of blood sampling, total and different counts, coagulation, sedimentation and hemoglobin determination. Offered fall only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1401.

3405 Equine Facility Management (3-2) A study of the management practices of different types of horse businesses. Discussion will focus on buying and selling assets, taxes, insurance, personnel management, and barn designs andrenovations.

3406 Meat Science (2-4) Course content to include harvesting and cutting carcasses of cattle, sheep and hogs. Cutting, wrapping and storage of carcasses. Factors affecting meat quality and palatability are discussed. Offered fall and spring.

3407 Sausage Manufacturing (3-2) The manufacturing of processed meats. Product formulation, curing, smoking, sanitation and quality control. Offered spring only. Prerequisite: ANSC 2406

3408 Advanced Clinical Assistance (3-2) Review and further use of X-ray techniques including the use of contrast media. Further evaluation of the role of the assistant in anesthesia and the surgery room. Post-mortem principles and techniques of opening carcasses of all species, proper presentation of anatomical systems for examination and diagnosis by the veterinarian. Proper selecting, packing and sending of tissues to laboratories for examination. Offered spring only. Prerequisite: ANSC 1202, 1302, 1303 and 3404.

3411 Livestock Slaughter Inspection (3-2) The content of this course deals with federal and state regulations pertaining to livestock slaughter for human consumption. Laboratory training will be given to promote proficiency in meat inspection procedure. Offered alternate years. Offered spring only. Prerequisite: ANSC 2406.

4300 Meat Technology (2-2) The basic characteristics of meat and products as they relate to quality are stressed. Product identification, economy, nutritional value, preservation, and utilization are studied. Offered spring only, alternate (even) years. Prerequisite: ANSC 2406

4302 Management Procedures in the Meat Industry (2-2) An in-depth study of business management practices conducted in the meat industry. The computer-based course will focus on specialized aspects of the business. Ethics and acceptable business practices will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: ANSC 2406

4303 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3-0) The purpose of this course is to present advanced principles of nutrition and their application to feeding practice. Special attention will be given to the nutritive requirements of farm animals as demonstrated in most recent experiments in the field. Offered alternate years, spring only. Prerequisite: ANSC 3403 or concurrent

4304 Reproductive Physiology (2-2) Study of anatomical and physiological process of reproduction in domestic animals and wildlife. Offered fall only.

4305 Agricultural Genetics (3-0) Quantitative genetic principles applied to mating and selection of domestic livestock, wildlife, and range plants. The course integrates Mendelian principles with biometrical and statistical probability techniques for proper application to breeding, selection, inbreeding, linebreeding and pedigree information for progressive animal and plant breeding. The influences of gene frequency, heritability, and genetic relationship on the gene pool of populations is integrated into this course. The course includes application of the Hardy-Weinberg law and statistical correlation and regression as applied to selection of superior genetic lines of plants and animals. Offered fall only.

4306 The Control of Domestic and Wildlife Diseases (2-2). Management as related to the control of animal diseases; sanitation and its importance in disease prevention; disease prevented by vaccination; practical means of diagnosing diseasesand ailments; treatment of affected animals. Offered alternate years, fall only. Prerequisite: BIOL 2406 or permission from Instructor.

4307 Reproductive Techniques (2-2). Evaluation an application of the various techniques to control and determine reproductive functions in livestock. Techniques covered will include semen collection and freezing, in vitro fertilization, embryo freezing and transfer; palpation; and ultrasonagraphy.

4310 Artificial Insimination of Farm Animals (2-2). History, importance and implications of artificial insemination; advantages and limitations of its use in farm animals. Various methods of collection are studied; evaluation of semen, dilution and storageof semen and techniques of insemination are covered. Offered summer only.

4311 Problems in Range Animal Science (3-0). Individualized instruction in all facets of Animal Science. Course developed to meet specific needs of individual students. May be repeated with approval of ANSC Chair. Offered all semesters. Prerequisite: Approval of ANSC Chair.

4601 Techniques in Agricultural Enterprises (0-6). In-depth training in the management of various agriculture enterprises and actual on-the-job supervised training. Students will be required to make an in-depth report of facility after completion of the training program. Offered all semesters. Prerequisite: Approval of ANSC Chair.