Animal Science (ANSC)

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ANSC 101  Introduction to Animal Science  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
An overview, using a scientific perspective, of farm animals. Highlights anatomy and physiology of farm animals, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, animal products, animal behavior, and pertinent social issues, such as animal rights. Includes human opportunity to influence trait inheritance, population densities, and productivity. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000419)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 110  Directed Work Experience in Animal Sciences  2 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Directed work experience in the management of beef, dairy, meats, sheep, and swine enterprises at the University Farm, with three weeks at each enterprise. Weekly conferences on student projects and individual and group problems. 3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture.  (000424)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 4 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 120  Livestock Skills  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only even years  
An introduction to selection, nutrition, health, and management of beef, sheep, swine, and dairy for livestock youth programs, including ethical practices associated with livestock exhibition. This class is designed primarily for students pursuing a career in agricultural education. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000446)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 160  Veterinary Practices  2 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Designed to allow the student to become familiar with various vaccines, equipment, and restraining techniques used in routine treatment of farm animals. Selection of proper materials, veterinary nomenclature, actual handling and treatment of farm animals involved. 3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture.  (000436)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 2 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 198  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture.  (000454)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 199  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of a topic or problem. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 0 hours supervision.  (022140)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 220  Introduction to Livestock Evaluation  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course provides students a fundamental understanding of how to evaluate market and breeding beef, sheep, goats, and swine utilizing both visual appraisal as well as objective performance records. Students are given a framework to make decisions with an objective approach to select animals based on certain criteria and standards. Students who demonstrate proficiency in understanding selection at its most basic level, as well as demonstrate effectiveness in oral reasons have an opportunity to participate on the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team at CSU, Chico. 2 hours activity, 2 hours seminar.  (022077)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 230  Animal Feeds and Nutrition  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
An introduction to the nutrition of domestic and wild animals with emphasis on appropriate nutrition for various activities. A survey of the integration of feed production and animal production systems. Computer formulation and analysis of diets to achieve desired performance levels of animals. 2 hours activity, 2 hours lecture.  (000434)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 250  Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Evaluation of market livestock as related to growth and development, production efficiency, carcass merit, selection of breeding animals based on performance, production records and visual appraisal. Specific reference to factors determining carcass value. 2 hours activity, 2 hours seminar.  (000445)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 271  Principles of Beef Cattle Production  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An overview of the United States beef industry including an introduction to the segments of the beef production chain and the scope of the industry. The majority of the course focuses on basic principles including genetics and breeding, nutrition, reproduction, herd health, carcass evaluation and marketing. 3 hours lecture.  (020992)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 272  Principles of Sheep & Goat Production  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101 or equivalent.  
Typically Offered: Fall only even years  
A study of approved practices in commercial and purebred sheep production with emphasis on production costs, disease, nutrition, genetic selection, production records, niche marketing, and contributions of sheep to environmental sustainability. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000462)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 273  Principles of Swine Production  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
A study of approved practices in commercial and purebred swine production with emphasis on production costs, disease, reproduction, nutrition, genetic selection, production records and niche marketing. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (015865)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 274  Principles of Dairy Production  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An overview of the United States dairy industry, emphasizing the life cycle of the dairy cow. Topics include calf raising, heifer development, dry cow management, and lactation management. Within each stage of production, discussion may include health, nutrition, reproduction, and genetics. Additionally, facilities management and cow comfort are introduced. 3 hours lecture.  (021029)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 276  Principles of Meat Science  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Principles of Meat Science in an introductory course in meat science organized to increase student knowledge of muscle foods-their properties, value, and appropriate handling procedures. Current meat processing technologies are presented and pertinent aspects of the meat industry are also discussed. 3 hours lecture.  (021772)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 294  Principles of Rangeland Livestock Management  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Students examine the ecological principles that cause rangelands, including grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and deserts, to change or stay the same. How humans use livestock to manage these ecosystems is explored. 3 hours lecture.  (022025)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 298  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0 - 3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar.  (020968)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 299  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision.  (020959)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
ANSC 301  Intermediate Animal Systems  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
An overview of world and United States animal production systems, emphasizing the scientific principles and management of large and small ruminants (beef, dairy, sheep, goats), monogastrics (swine, equine), as well as meat, poultry, and aquaculture. 2 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000455)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 320  Advanced Livestock Selection and Carcass Evaluation  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Develop skills in quality grading and yield grading animals both live and on the rail. Improve skills in selecting animals in pasture conditions and develop ability to explain decisions and be able to accurately describe their reasons. Numerous field trips to fairs and ranches will be required. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000457)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 330  Animal Nutrition  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101, ANSC 230.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
A study of the nutritive requirements of animals for maintenance, growth, lactation, reproduction and other bodily functions. Intermediary metabolism of nutrients, chemical and animal analysis of feedstuffs, design and implementation of nutrition studies and writing of a scientific paper. 3 hours lecture.  (000465)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 330L  Applied Animal Nutrition Research  1 Unit  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101, ANSC 330 (may be taken concurrently).   
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course focuses on various laboratory and research techniques in the animal nutrition field. Students implement and conduct a course level research project, including sample preparation and analysis, and data collection and analysis. 3 hours laboratory.  (022090)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 2 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 340  Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
The physiological mechanisms of reproduction in domestic animal species. Principles of reproductive anatomy, gamete formation, endocrinology, cyclicity and parturition. The laboratory experience will emphasize theory learned in lecture and will include uses of reproductive technology to maximize reproductive efficiency and fertility. 3 hours lecture.  (000467)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 350  Meat and the Consumer  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Muscle growth and composition, nutritional and health concerns, meat safety and advances in product development, preparation and storage. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000447)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 360  Animal Health and Disease  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
A study of disease processes in livestock. Principles of disease organisms and the physiology of infection. Mechanisms in which the body combats infections, i.e., immune response. Herd health considerations for disease prevention and treatment. 3 hours lecture.  (000466)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 370  Livestock and Companion Animal Behavior  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
This course promotes an understanding of basic principles of livestock (i.e., food animals and horses) and companion animal (i.e., dogs and cats) behavior and its application of production, shelter, and household set ups. This course is structured to help students understand the role of animal behavior on welfare and/or productivity of livestock and companion species. This course has an emphasis on how livestock and companion animals communicate with their surroundings and how we can adjust their housing or management to address their needs in order to improve their well-being and/or productivity. 3 hours lecture.  (022076)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 374  Organic Dairy Production and Management  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course covers all scientific aspects of organic dairy production including soil fertility, grazing management, pasture and forage quality, nutritional ration balancing on pasture, enhancing dry matter intake on pasture, holistic herd health (including homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine), organic methods to improve milk quality, organic calf management strategies, and the organic certification process and how to develop your Organic System Plan. The course also covers many new topics of discussion for organic research and development. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (021420)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 389  Internship in Animal Science  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.  
Typically Offered: Spring, summer, fall  
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Work experience with selected livestock operations is to be completed and supervised by faculty and staff of cooperating livestock ranch. 0 hours independent study.  (000472)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 394  Livestock Grazing Ecology and Management  3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
This course examines how herbivores interact with their environment and how understanding of these interactions is applied to the management of grazing animals or the environments they inhabit or both. Emphasis is placed on the scientific basis for grazing management decisions and management designed to accomplish a variety of outcomes. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (022006)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 398  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0 - 3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar.  (000473)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 399  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in animal science under direct supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 0 hours independent study.  (000474)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 440  Physiology of Domestic Animals  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101, CHEM 107. Recommended: CHEM 108.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
Comparative study of the physiology of organ systems, with major emphasis on farm animals. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000456)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 450  Food Sanitation and Quality Control  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course is intended for students involved in producing, selling, and handling food products who are interested in a course on principles of food sanitation and quality control from a management standpoint. 3 hours seminar.  (000468)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 470  Animal Welfare  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 360, ANSC 370 or instructor approval.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course provides an introduction to the scientific approaches for assessing animal welfare. For that, we discuss animal welfare metrics, data collection, and the type of questions that need to be asked for the state of an animal's welfare to be assessed. We also discuss ethical views and the role of different stakeholders in law and policy development. 3 hours lecture.  (022276)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 471  Advanced Beef Cattle Management and Production  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101, ANSC 271 or faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
Advanced instruction of world and United States beef production systems. Investigation of the segmentation of the beef industry, including seedstock, commercial cow-calf, stocker, feedlot, packer, retailer and consumer. Integrated beef production systems are evaluated based on consideration of genetics, nutrition, health, reproduction, product, forage management and marketing. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours seminar.  (000459)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 474  Dairy Production and Management  3 Units  
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
A comprehensive study of large dairy management with emphasis placed on efficient reproduction and nutrition. Additional studies include evaluation of replacement heifer development scenarios, cow comfort, and record keeping systems. 3 hours laboratory, 2 hours lecture.  (000463)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 489  Internship in Animal Science  1-3 Units  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
3 hours lecture.  (000480)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 15 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 498  Special Topics  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision.  (000481)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 499  Special Problems  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 0 hours independent study.  (000482)  
Grade Basis: Credit/No Credit  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
ANSC 499H  Honors Research in Animal Science  6 Units  
Prerequisite: Faculty permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
An intensive 6-unit, one-year course in agricultural research. See College office for details. Open only to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major. The course consists of a faculty-supervised research project, a thesis, and a public presentation. 18 hours independent study.  (020208)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 6 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division