Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Animal Science

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) in Animal Science shall represent the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in coursework and independent research. The Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science is designed to prepare students for academic or research-based careers. Graduate students are expected to excel in research, teaching, extension activities and develop professionally. Independent and original research is an important part of the graduate program and forms a basis for a graduate thesis. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The program cover the following areas: Animal growth and development, nutrition, breeding and genetics, physiology, production and management of ruminants and poultry, and animal well-being and behavior.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000
COFA650Graduate Seminar1.000
COFA670Global Food Supply Chain Management2.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ANSC805Advanced Reproductive Physiology and biotechnology3.000
ANSC815Animal Growth and Development3.000
ANSC820Animal Production and Management Systems3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (8.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COFA660Advanced scientific writing2.000
CHEM641Advanced Biochemistry II3.000
ANSC650Precision Diet Formulation2.000
ANSC655Metabolism of Vitamins & Minerals2.000
ANSC660Applied Animal Breeding Strategies3.000
ANSC670Mammalian Endocrinology2.000
ANSC720Applied Animal Genomics2.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ANSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
ANSC810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ANSC900Dissertation Research0.000 - 30.000
ANSC910Dissertation Defense0.000