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ANS 112-2 to 16 (2 per semester) Introduction to Riding. For students with little or no riding experience. A combination of mounted and classroom work will introduce the rider to safe and responsible riding practices. Students will gain an understanding of or the natural function of the horse under saddle and the influence of rider position and aids on horse, and rider safety and comfort. Riding emphasis will involve work on basic position and aids. Classroom work will cover safety procedures, before and after riding care, and care and use of tack. Facilities/riding fee<1>. Prerequisite: no prior riding experience required. Consent of instructor.

ANS 115-3 Introduction to Companion Animal Nutrition. Focus on the basic science of companion animal nutrition and the nutrient needs of dogs and cats, rabbits, birds, aquarium fish, rodents, and reptiles. Students will also learn the different types and forms of pet food, how to evaluate pets food, and regulations of pets food and labeling. Maximum number of students is 15.

ANS 121-3 Introduction to Animal Science. [IAI Course: AG 902] A general overview of dairy, meat animals (swine, beef, sheep), poultry, and horse industries with emphasis on how meat, milk, and poultry products are produced and distributed. The general application of genetic, physiologic, and nutrition principles for the improvement of animal production to further serve people.

ANS 122-1 Livestock Production Laboratory. Livestock facilities, demonstration of management practices of animals for human use and the processing of animal products.

ANS 123-1 to 8 (1 to 2 per discipline) Livestock Practicum. (a) Beef; (b) Dairy; (c) Horse; (d) Swine. Provides students with limited previous livestock experience an opportunity to participate in the routine care and management procedures at one of the University's livestock centers.

ANS 200-2 Companion Animal Care and Management. Principles and practice of proper feeding and care of companion animals, with emphasis on dogs and cats. Nutrition, digestive systems, reproduction, and health care will be discussed.

ANS 210-3 Livestock Products and Processing. Composition and quality of meat and dairy products. Nomenclature, identification, and current processing methods of meat and dairy products will be presented. Laboratory exercises complement lecture material. Course fee<1>.

ANS 211-1 to 4 (1 to 2, 1 to 2) Animal Selection and Evaluation. Livestock, Horses, Dairy. Selection and evaluation of breeding and/or market animals including livestock (beef, sheep, swine and goats); horses; or dairy cattle. Includes competitive judging, but participation on SIUC Intercollegiate Livestock, Horse, or Dairy Judging Teams is not a required part of this course. Special approval needed from the instructor.

ANS 212-2 to 16 (2 per semester) Riding and Position Control. Through the combination of mounted and classroom work, students will learn theory and implementation of the six rein aids and three leg aids used in riding. Students will be introduced to the principles and use of basic training aids. Mounted work will center on obtaining an independent seat and mastery of intermediate aids. Riders will begin to deal effectively with the common challenges that can arise during riding. Classroom work will cover gait recognition and control, principles and use of tack, and mechanical aids. Facilities/riding fee<1>. Prerequisite: 112 and/or permission of instructor (tryouts required).

ANS 215-2 Introduction to Nutrition. (Same as Food and Nutrition 215.) An up-to-date study of basic principles of animal nutrition including classification of nutrients (physical and chemical properties) and their uses in order to provide the student a working knowledge of livestock nutrition in today's animal environment.

ANS 219-4 Introductory Horse Management. Designed for the beginning science student or non-science majors with an interest in horses. Information on topics related to horse selection and care coupled with laboratory experience provide essential information for the care of horses owned for pleasure. Course fee<1>.

ANS 250-3 Human Values in Livestock Production. Improvements in livestock production technology have resulted from research. These technologies contribute to the welfare of a growing population of humans. However, the application of new technologies often interact with a public perception of animals as exploited species in a manner conflicting with human values. These conflicts are discussed from a scientific and philosophic viewpoint.

ANS 309-3 Equine Evaluation and Perform. This course explores the conformation and functional anatomy of the athletic horse, particularly as it relates to locomotion. Gaits and movement will be studied. Methods to influence movement will be considered and how these impact athletic ability or potential. Course fee<1>.

ANS 312-2 to 16 (2 per semester) Riding Form and Function. Mounted and classroom work will explore principles and practices used to develop the competitive equine athlete. Advanced training aids will be presented and practiced. Goals of riding will be to develop an independent seat through knowledge of all aids, and to apply these to mounted problem solving in a variety of riding disciplines. Classroom work will emphasize the evaluation of equine form in determining ultimate athletic function and performance potential. Facilities/riding fee<1>. Prerequisite: 212 and/or permission of instructor (tryouts required); concurrent or prior enrollment in 219 or equivalent.

ANS 314-3 Forages, An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture. An introduction to grassland agriculture encompassing characteristics of forage species, forage/grazing management, and forage utilization with an emphasis in livestock systems. Laboratory/Field trip fee: $15.

ANS 315-3 Feeds and Feeding. Principles of applied animal nutrition. Ration formulation to meet specific nutrient needs of livestock. Feedstuff evaluation, including cost will be discussed. Prerequisite: University Core Curriculum mathematics.

ANS 316-3 Rations for Feeding Companion Animals. This course will describe the basic characteristics of common feeds used in companion animal diets and the principles of utilizing these to meet animal requirements for maintenance and throughout the life-cycle. Prerequisite: 215 or concurrent enrollment.

ANS 319-2 Horse Handling and Horsemanship. Students will learn principles of communicating tasks to horses using aids natural to horse behavior. Many different groundwork exercises are practiced. Prerequisite: 112, 212, 312 or consent of instructor.

ANS 331-4 Physiology, Growth, and Development of Farm Animals. A comparative study of domestic animal function is presented using an organ system approach. How cell, tissue and organ structure is related to physiological function is emphasized. The mechanism of animal growth and development will be discussed. Prerequisite: course in biology.

ANS 332-3 Animal Genetics. Principles of molecular genetics, Mendelian genetics, population genetics and quantitative genetics and their application to animal improvement. Prerequisite: 121 or equivalent, Mathematics 108 or equivalent.

ANS 333-1 Animal Genetics Laboratory. One three-hour lab per week. Laboratory course provides experiences with genetic laboratory experimentation and interpretation of data.

ANS 337-3 Animal Health. Principles of prevention and control of infectious, nutritional and parasitic disease of farm animals. Prerequisite: a course in biology or physiology.

ANS 359-2 to 6 (2 to 3, 2 to 3) Intern Program. Work experience program in animal production units and agricultural agencies of the government or agribusiness. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of chair. Mandatory Pass/Fail.

ANS 365-3 Canine and Feline Nutrition. Focus on nutrients requirement and the feeding during the life cycle (maintenance, growth, gestation, lactation, seniors and performance) of cats and dogs. Nutrients digestion and metabolism, energy balance, and food processing, evaluation and labeling will be explored. Maximum enrollment is 15. Prerequisite: 215 or concurrent enrollment.

ANS 380-1 to 6 Field Studies in Foreign and Domestic Animal Agriculture. A travel course to observe and study the operation and management of farms, ranches, and feedlots as well as agribusiness firms supporting animal production such as food processors, feed manufacturers, and housing or equipment companies in either the United States or foreign countries. A written report is required. The travel fee charged to the student will depend on the nature and the length of the course.

ANS 381-1 Animal Science Seminar. Discussion of problems and recent development in animal science. Prerequisite: junior-senior standing.

ANS 390-1 to 4 Special Studies Animal Science. Assignment involving research and individual problems. Prerequisite: juniors and seniors only and consent of chair.

*ANS 409-4 Equine Science. Designed for students interested in the more scientific aspects of equine physiology and management. The class will take a more advanced look at anatomy and physiology of the systems of the equine and consider how they relate to selection, use and management. Lecture and laboratory. Course fee<1>. Prerequisite: 219 and 331.

ANS 412-2 Horsemastership. This course involves the advanced equestrian in the evaluation and resolution of special problems in horse training. Students will work with a single horse during the semester to master an individual training goal set in consulting with the instructor. Emphasis will be placed on the use of nonviolent training techniques. Facilities/riding fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 312, permission from instructor.

*ANS 415-4 Advanced Animal Nutrition. Advanced principles and practices associated with digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients as related to domestic monogastrics, ruminants and horses. Prerequisite: 215 and 315.

*ANS 419-4 Stable Management. Designed for the advanced equine science student planning a career in the horse field. Teaches in-depth management techniques on an applied basis. Students will have the opportunity to learn both theory and application of management in one course. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory. Lab fee<1>. Prerequisite: 219, 409, and consent of department.

*ANS 421-2 International Animal Production. A study of world animal production practices with emphasis on the developing countries. Adaptability of animals to environmental extremes and management practices employed to improve productivity. Prerequisite: junior standing plus 121 or one year of biological science.

ANS 425-3 Biochemical Aspects in Nutrition. (Same as Food and Nutrition 425) The interrelationship of cell physiology, metabolism and nutrition as related to energy and nutrient utilization, including host needs and biochemical disorders and diseases requiring specific nutrition consideration. Prerequisite: 215 or Food and Nutrition 360, Chemistry 140b, course in Physiology.

*ANS 426-3 Comparative Endocrinology. Comparative endocrinology of the effects of hormones on target tissues including mechanisms of hormone biosynthesis, release, transport, receptor kinetics, and signal transduction. Measurement of hormones, receptors, and signal transduction. Endocrine-related diseases and disorders. Prerequisite: course in physiology.

ANS 429-2 Equine Enterprise Management. Study of the diverse horse industry and business management practices involved with the operation of a successful horse enterprise. Analysis of a commercial horse operation will be explored through an in depth, self-directed farm project. Field trips and guest speakers will inform students for the farm project. An on-campus horse event will be planned and executed as a class project. Prerequisites: ANS 409, ABE 350 or 351. Field trip fee: $40.

*ANS 430-4 Dairy Cattle Management. Application of the principles of breeding, physiology, and economics to management of a profitable dairy herd. Breeds of dairy cattle, housing, milking practices, and quality milk production. Field trip. Students enrolled will incur a field trip fee<1>. Prerequisite: 315, 332.

*ANS 431-4 Reproductive Physiology. Comparative anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system of domestic animals; hormones; reproductive cycles; mating behavior; gestation and parturition; sperm physiology; collection and processing of semen; artificial insemination, pregnancy tests; diseases. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 121 or a course in physiology.

*ANS 433-4 Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 433.) This course will cover the basic principles of plant and animal biotechnology using current examples; gene mapping in breeding, transgenic approaches to improve crop plants and transgenic approaches to improve animals will be considered. Technology transfer from laboratory to marketplace will be considered. An understanding of gene mapping, cloning, transfer and expression will be derived. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.

*ANS 434-2 Physiology of Lactation. Anatomy and physiology of milk secretion; endocrine control; milk precursors and synthesis; milk composition; physiology and mechanics of milking; lactation-related disorders and diseases; transgenic milk. Prerequisite: course in physiology.

*ANS 435-1 to 4 Agricultural Molecular Biotechnology Seminar. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 435) Molecular biology is rapidly making important contributions to agricultural science through biotechnology. An appreciation of the techniques of molecular biology and their application to plant improvement is important to all in agriculture and biology. The relationships between plant molecular biology and the biotechnology industry will be discussed. Presentations on particular research problems will be made. Graded Pass/Fall only.

ANS 445-4 Companion Animal Clinical Nutrition. Nutrition and feeding management of canine and feline during obesity, cancer, diabetes, urolithiasis, dental disease, dermatological disease, hepatic and gastrointestinal disorders, mobility and muscular disorders, heart diseases, and critical care. Maximum enrollment is 15. Prerequisite: 215.

*ANS 455-2 Animal Nutrient Management. Scope and problems associated with animal nutrient management; current regulations and laws on environmental protection. Principles covering waste management technology and current livestock nutrient management systems are presented. Field trips will be scheduled. Prerequisite: junior standing.

*ANS 465-4 Swine Management. Swine production systems and management techniques including breeding and selection, reproduction, nutrition, herd health and disease prevention, housing and waste management, marketing, production costs, and enterprise analysis. Field trip. Prerequisite: 315 and 332 or consent of instructor.

ANS 477-3 Aquaculture. (Same as ZOOL 477) Production of food, game and bait fishes. Design of facilities, chemical and biological variables, spawning techniques, diseases and nutrition. Two lectures per week and one four-hour laboratory on alternate weeks. Prerequisites: BIOL 200A or ZOOL 118 or ANS 121 with grade of C or better.

ANS 481-3 Current Topics in Companion Animal Nutrition. This course is designed to develop written communication skills while learning to critique literature concerning current topics in the field of companion animal nutrition. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 115 and 365.

*ANS 485-4 Beef Cattle Management. Beef cattle production systems and management, breeding and selection, reproduction, nutrition, and herd health with emphasis on the most economical and efficient systems. Field trip. Students enrolled will incur field trip fee<1>. Prerequisite: 315 and 332 or consent.

ANS 490-8 Horse Industry Internship. Provides the equine science students with the opportunity for diversified, practical experience in their area of career-goal interest. One semester will be spent working in a commercial horse-related industry. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 409, 419, senior standing, and consent of instructor.

ANS 495-1 to 6 Instruction in the Animal Sciences. Acquaints the students with different teaching environments and styles. Students will be expected to participate in instructing animal science courses. Restricted to junior standing. Special approval needed from the instructor. Not for graduate thesis option credit.

  • <1> Note: Fees are associated with many courses. Consult current Undergraduate Course Catalog for exact amounts.
  • <2> Note: (*) 400 level courses that can be taken for either graduate or undergraduate credit.
  • <3> Note: Some courses may only be offered in the fall or spring semester. Please check with your advisor before planning your schedule.


ANS 500-3 Research Methods in Agricultural Science. Experimental design and biometry as applied to biological and allied fields. Prerequisite: graduate student.

ANS 506-3 Instrumentation Methods in Agricultural Science. Basic methods and techniques of spectrophotometric and chromatographic instrumentation are taught in the lectures with application of instruments carried out in the laboratories. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ANS 515-3 Energy and Protein Utilization. Energy and protein utilization including digestion, absorption and metabolism as related to domestic animal production. Prerequisite: Chemistry 344 and 345.

ANS 516-3 Minerals and Vitamins in Animal Nutrition. Basic and applied principles of mineral and vitamin metabolism. Emphasis on metabolic functions, reaction mechanisms and interrelationships. Prerequisite: Chemistry 344 and 345.

ANS 531-1 to 6 (2,2,2) Advanced Animal Physiology. Advanced Physiological concepts as they relate to mammalian systems-subjects covered are: (a) advanced reproductive physiology (b) developmental physiology (c) endocrine physiology. Prerequisite: 331 or an approved course in systemic physiology.

ANS 565-3 Advanced Ruminant Nutrition. Principles of nutrients metabolism and utilization by ruminant animals in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction and lactation. Prerequisites: 415 or consent of instructor

ANS 581-1 to 2 (1,1) Seminar. Problems relating to various phases of animal industries. Maximum of one hour per semester.

ANS 588-1 to 8 International Graduate Studies. University residential graduate study program abroad. Prior approval by the department is required both for the nature of the program and the number of credit hours.

ANS 590-1 to 3 Readings in Animal Science. Reading in specialized fields under direction of approved graduate specialists.

ANS 593-1 to 3 Individual Research. Investigation of a problem in animal science under the supervision of an approved graduate specialist.

ANS 599-1 to 6 Thesis. Credit is given for a Master's thesis when it is accepted and approved by the thesis committee.

ANS 601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis, or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only

  • <1> Note: Some courses may only be offered in the fall or spring semester. Please check with your advisor before planning your schedule.
  • <2> Note: Fees are associated with many courses. Consult current Graduate Course Catalog for exact amounts.