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M.S. Animal Science

Master of Science in Animal Science provides three options for specialization:

  • Animal Products Technology
  • Animal Nutrition and Forages, and
  • Animal Reproductive Physiology and Cell Biology.
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The primary objectives of the M.S. degree program in Animal Science are:

  1. to increase the number of students currently underrepresented in graduate education in the area of Animal Science,
  2. to prepare students for study toward a terminal degree in some areas of animal science in other institutions of higher education in the state of Georgia and across the nation,
  3. to enhance the scientific and technical knowledge base of students to prepare them for employment in animal agriculture-related industries and agencies,
  4. and to prepare students for leadership roles in a technologically advanced society through study of important and modern aspects of animal science, such as animal biotechnology, cell biology, nutrition, and product technology, with an emphasis on small ruminants.
  • To be admitted into the graduate program, a candidate will be required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.7 or better on the scale of 4.0 or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate program in animal or life sciences.
    Acceptance may be offered to students with a GPA of 2.7 provided that the students can provide three strong letters of recommendation describing their academic potential for graduate study.
    Applicants should submit:
    Completed application and fee
    Two official transcripts
    Three letters of recommendation
    A personal or professional statement
    A resume containing prior work, educational, community service, and other relevant experience
    Immunization records and health forms for all but military members.

    Students whose native language is not English will be required to take the TOEFL and pass the test with a score of 500 or the IELTS and pass with a 6.0.

    Graduate Assistantships
    Awards are subject to availability, and selection criteria will
    be applied. Application forms are available in 320 Hubbard Education in Fort Valley or via email to gilbertj@fvsu.edu.

    Classes are held in Fort Valley.

    The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, including research and thesis. Examples of major degree requirements for each field are given below.

    • FVSU 0500 Graduate Studies Orientation (0 hrs)
    • ANSC 5103 Biometrics (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5113 Physiological Chemistry I (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5203 Experimental Design and Data Analysis (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5123 Physiological Chemistry II (3 hrs)
  • Animal Nutrition Option

    • ANSC 5183 Analytical Techniques in Biological Sciences (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6143 Ruminant Nutrition (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6223 Digestive Physiology and Intermediary Metabolism (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6163 Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6153 Animal Energetics (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6103 Plant-Herbivore Interactions (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6436 Research and Thesis (1-6 hrs)

    Animal Products Technology Option

    • ANSC 6353 Food Analysis (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6373 Food Chemistry (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6383 Structure and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6413 Food Microbiology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6403 Processed Meat Technology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6393 Dairy Products Technology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6436 Research and Thesis (1-6 hrs)

    Reproductive Physiology and Cell Biology Option

    • ANSC 5293 Advanced Vertebrate Physiology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5323 Advanced Gross Anatomy (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6283 Physiology of Reproduction (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6273 Cell Physiology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6303 Molecular Biology Techniques (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6253 Molecular Endocrinology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6436 Research and Thesis (1-6 hrs)

    Electives

    • ANSC 5293 Advanced Vertebrate Physiology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5323 Advanced Gross Anatomy (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5183 Analytical Techniques in Biological Sciences (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 5213 Lactation Physiology (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6173 Non-Ruminant Nutrition (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6423 Food Quality Assurance (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6133 Mineral and Vitamin Metabolism (3 hrs)
    • ANSC 6421 Graduate Seminar (1 hrs)
  • A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4-point scale, completion of a research project and thesis, and successful thesis defense are required.

  • A TA-licensed slaughter and meat processing facility (HACCP-certified); a “Grade A” dairy technology facility; and well-equipped nutrition, physiology, cell biology, forage quality evaluation, meat science, food chemistry, sensory, and computer laboratories with access to various software, including SAS and SPSS. Graduate students have access to various professional journals, books, videos and other materials at the Hunt Memorial Library on main campus, in addition to on-line access to libraries within the University System of Georgia via GALILEO.

  • Limited graduate research assistantships are offered to qualifying students. To qualify for graduate assistantship, applicants must have undergraduate CGPA of 3.25 or graduate CGPA of 3.40 and must have a minimum composite score of 900 (verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There are other Departmental, College, and University level scholarships and assistantships available to qualifying graduate students majoring in Animal Science.

  • Animal Science graduate students have opportunities to work in various agricultural and biomedical research facilities operated by federal, state, and private agencies throughout the Nation. Students also have opportunities to gain international experience in certain disciplines.

  • Students are encouraged to become members of professional organizations such as the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association, and on-campus organizations such as the Animal Science Club and Graduate Student Association.

    • After completing the MS program, career options may include the following:
    • Private and public biotechnology companies;
    • Agencies involved in the production, processing, distribution, and utilization of
    • Agricultural products;
    • Veterinary and medical professions;
    • Research and teaching;
    • Food quality control; and
    • Food processing areas.
  • Eugene A. Amoah, Ph.D., Coordinator of Animal Science Program, Meat Technology Building, Room 143
    Office Number: 478-825-6262; 478-825-6818
    Fax Number: 478-827-3062
    amoahe@fvsu.edu

    Mrs. Brittany Smith, Clerical Assistant, Department of Agricultural Sciences,
    107 Alva Tabor Building
    Office Phone Number: 478-825-6262; Fax Number: 478-827-3062
    smithb@fvsu.edu

  • Graduate faculty research areas include:

    • endocrinology,
    • reproductive physiology,
    • lactation physiology,
    • intermediary metabolism of macro nutrients,
    • forage quality evaluation,
    • internal parasite control,
    • production systems,
    • performance testing,
    • stress and pre-harvest management,
    • meat science,
    • meat and milk value-added product development,
    • food chemistry, and
    • food safety.
 
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