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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.


Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit


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Courses in "ANSC-Animal Science"

ANSC - Animal Science

The following courses may involve the use of animals. Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to contact the instructor prior to course enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required and what alternatives, if any, are available.

ANSC 101 Principles of Animal Science (2) A comprehensive overview of the application of biology in the care and use of animals that live in close association with humans including food animals, companion animals, lab animals, zoo animals, etc. The role of science in modern food production using animals will be emphasized. Offered in fall semester only.

ANSC 103 Principles of Animal Science Laboratory (1) Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ANSC101. Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Pol-Environment & Agriculture; Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine; Agricultural Science and Technology) ; or must be in a major within AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; or permission of department required for students in other College of AGNR programs. Laboratory focusing on the application of biology in the care and use of animals that live in close association with humans including food animals, companion animals, lab animals, zoo animals, etc. Labs will include live animals. Offered in fall semester only.

ANSC 110 Pasture Management and Hay Production (2) Credit only granted for: ANSC110 or INAG116. Identification of forage species suitable for grazing and hay production for horses and other livestock. Crop production including: fertilization and nutrient management, irrigation and drought management, grazing management, weed identification and control, facility layout and design.

ANSC 211 Anatomy of Domestic Animals (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101, ANSC103, and BSCI105. Restriction: Must be in Environmental Sci&Pol-Wildlife Resources & Cons program. Covering the anatomy of major species of domestic animals. The lecture portion utilizes a systemic approach to provide a general knowledge of both gross and microscopic mammalian structure. Comparative differences between the major domestic species are covered in these lectures. A regional approach is taken to study the gross anatomy of major domestic species in the laboratory portion. Offered fall semester only.

ANSC 212 Applied Animal Physiology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC211; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. The physiology of domesticated animals with emphasis on functions related to homeostasis, and the physiological adaptation to environmental influences.

ANSC 214 Applied Animal Physiology Laboratory (1) Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ANSC212. Application of physiological laboratory techniques to domestic and lab animals.

ANSC 220 Livestock Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Management of meat animals including beef, sheep, and swine. This course will emphasize obtaining optimal efficiency of production through the integration of leading edge breeding, feeding, management, and marketing practices.

ANSC 225 Love Me, Hate Me, Use Me, Save Me: Our Conflicting Views of Animals (3) Examine the evolution of human-animal relationships and consider some of the major social an scientific debates that have arisen in the last century as a result of our rapidly changing and diverse views about animals.

ANSC 227 Eating with Eyes Wide Open (3) Students will investigate the tension that is created by trade-offs that, knowingly or not, are made by consumers relative to agricultural production methods and dietary choices. Course will inform students about their food supply so they can make informed decisions and practice intentional or informed eating.

ANSC 232 Horse Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Credit only granted for: ANSC232 or ANSC332. Formerly: ANSC332. An introductory course on the care, management, and use of horses. Major topics include the industry, breeds, conformation, feeding, health, reproduction, facilities and business.

ANSC 233 Equine Behavior (2) Prerequisite: ANSC101, ANSC103, and ANSC232. Credit only granted for: ANSC489B or ANSC233. Formerly: ANSC489B. Both normal and anomalous behavior of horses will be covered. Emphasis will be given to techniques based on knowledge of behavior that are known to be safe and effective in handling horses.

ANSC 235 Applied Small Ruminant Parturition (2) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ANSC101 and ANSC103; and permission of AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department. Popularly known as "Lamb Watch", the course provides an immersion environment for learning and understanding pre- and post-natal care of ewes and lambs through direct, hands-on involvement in the birthing process and care of the neonate through weaning. Covered topics include zoonoses, basic reproductive physiology of the sheep, normal and abnormal delivery, management of lambs, qualitative assessment, breeding principles, etc.

ANSC 236 Equine Business Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC232. Recommended: AREC250. Credit only granted for: ANSC236 or INAG232. The study and practice of applying decision-making skills and tools needed for operating a profitable equine boarding or training stable business.

ANSC 237 Equine Reproduction (3) Prerequisite: ANSC232. Credit only granted for: ANSC237 or INAG233. Additional information: Course participation will include nightly checks of mares in the two weeks prior to parturition, and out-of-class time imprinting and working with newborn foals. Students learn the fundamental skills necessary to manage equine reproductive services including anatomy/physiology of genital tracts, estrus detection, manipulation of the estrous cycle, survey of reproductive techniques, infertility, mare, foal and stallion management. Students will be required to attend a foaling and check mares outside of regularly scheduled class time.

ANSC 242 Dairy Cattle Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Formerly: ANSC240 and ANSC241. All aspects of dairy production, including nutrition, reproduction, mastitis control, milking management, farmstead facilities, financial management and forage production.

ANSC 244 Dairy Cattle Type Appraisal (1) Prerequisite: Permission of AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department. Laboratory. Analysis of dairy cattle type with emphasis on the comparative judging of dairy cattle.

ANSC 250 Companion Animal Care and Management (3) Prerequisite: BSCI105. Credit only granted for: ANSC250 and ANSC305. Formerly: ANSC305. Care and management of the companion small animals. Species covered include the cat, dog, rodents, lagomorphs, reptiles, amphibians, birds and others as class interest and schedule dictate. Basic description, evolutionary development, breeding, nutritional and environmental requirements, and public health aspects will be presented for each species.

ANSC 252 Introduction to the Diseases of Wildlife (3) Prerequisite: BSCI105; or permission of AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. The principal diseases of North American wildlife will be briefly considered. For each disease, specific attention will be given to the following: signs evidenced by the affected animal or bird, causative agent, means of transmission and effects of the disease on the population of the species involved.

ANSC 255 Introduction to Aquaculture (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; or must have completed an introductory biology course. Introduces the art and science of rearing aquatic animals and the essential principles of aquaculture. Students receive hands-on training in the methods required for successful husbandry and management of aquatic animals in their water environment.

ANSC 260 Laboratory Animal Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Credit only granted for: ANSC260 or ANSC413. Formerly: ANSC413. A comprehensive course in care and management of laboratory animals. Topics covered include regulations governing the use of animals in research, laboratory animal facility design and management, animal research models, animal health management and husbandry, responsibilities of lab animal workers and career opportunities in the field. Hands-on labs focus on lab animal handling, husbandry and common techniques. Field trips are required, and you must attend a minimum number of field trips which will be held during lab time.

ANSC 262 Commercial Poultry Management (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Theory and science of rearing poultry and marketing poultry meat and eggs in the commercial sector. Includes current issues, organization of the industry, as well as fundamental biology of the domestic chicken. Students will help raise a flock of broiler chickens. Field trips to commercial poultry operations are required.

ANSC 275 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Science and Practice (3) Prerequisite: BSCI105. The fundamentals of clinical veterinary medical practice and the research that supports it. Topics presented will include the histology, gross anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, digestive, renal and neurological systems as they relate to the description of specific disease states taught in this course. Additionally, examples of diseases caused by pathologic disturbances to these systems will be discussed, as well as the basic principles of preventative health care, diagnostic testing and pharmacologic intervention. Significant attention will be given to research in veterinary science and the practice of evidence-based medicine. This course is intended for any student interested in veterinary medicine, animal physiology, or medical science.

ANSC 314 Comparative Animal Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; and (CHEM231 or CHEM104). The fundamental role and implications of dietary preference, gastrointestinal physiology and nutrients in animal nutrition. Biochemical roles of nutrients in metabolism, digestion, absorption and assimilation as it relates to various life processes.

ANSC 315 Applied Animal Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: ANSC314. Elements of nutrition, source characteristics and adaptability of various feedstuffs to several classes of livestock. A study of the composition of feeds, nutrient requirements and computerized formulation of economic diets and rations for livestock.

ANSC 327 Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetics (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101, CHEM131, ANSC103, and BSCI105. Classical, molecular, and population genetics with specific emphasis on animal systems will be covered. Also, disseminate information on molecular approaches for manipulating genetics at the whole animal level (transgenic and cloning). Other model organisms will be discussed to provide a conceptual framework.

ANSC 330 Equine Science (3) Prerequisite: ANSC232; or permission of instructor. Recommended: ANSC212 and ANSC211. Credit only granted for: ANSC230 or ANSC330. Formerly: ANSC230. Scientific principles of horse behavior, anatomy, physiology, locomotion, nutrition, reproduction, growth, health and disease as applied to horses are emphasized.

ANSC 340 Health Management of Animal Populations (3) Prerequisite: BSCI223; and (ANSC220, ANSC232, ANSC242, ANSC250, ANSC255, ANSC260, or ANSC262). Recommended: ANSC212. Credit only granted for: ANSC340 or ANSC412. Formerly: ANSC412. A study of common and emerging animal diseases and their prevention and control. The main focus will be on livestock and poultry diseases. However, zoonotic, wildlife, and laboratory animal diseases will also be discussed along with risk assessment, bioterrorism counter-measures, and animal welfare, especially as these topics interface or impact animals used in food production.

ANSC 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

ANSC 388 Honors Thesis Research (3-6) Restriction: Must be in the AGNR Honors program. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Undergraduate honors thesis research conducted under the direction of an AGNR faculty member in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the College of AGNR Honors Program. The thesis will be defended to a faculty committee.

ANSC 398 Seminar - Research (1) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Repeatable to 2 credits if content differs. Presentation and discussion of current literature and research work in animal science.

ANSC 399 Special Problems in Animal Science (1-2) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103. Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; and junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Work assignments are designed to be proportional to the amount of credit. Students are expected to develop an abstract, fact sheet, manuscript, oral presentation, poster, webpage, journal-log, or other scholarly product associated with their study and/or project.

ANSC 420 Critical Thinking in Animal Science (3) Prerequisite: ANSC314. Recommended: AREC306 and AREC250. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Employ methods to systematically solve selected problems that typically arise on farms or allied businesses related to animal enterprises.

ANSC 435 Experimental Embryology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC212. Recommended: Completion of one course in reproductive physiology is recommended. Credit only granted for: ANSC435 or ANSC489M. Formerly: ANSC489M. Experimental approaches to mammalian embryology with emphasis on domestic livestock systems as applied to research and production systems. Lab will include hands-on experiments and demos of in vitro embryo production, embryo splitting, cell injection and nuclear transfer.

ANSC 437 Animal Biotechnology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC327; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Key concepts and current issues in animal biotechnology are covered. Current techniques and applications systems as well as social, ethical, and regulatory issues associated with biotechnology will be discussed.

ANSC 443 Physiology of Lactation (3) Prerequisite: CHEM231, ANSC212, and CHEM232. Recommended: BCHM463. A comprehensive survey of lactation in laboratory and domestic animals. Other species are discussed where possible. Emphasis will be placed on physiological aspects of milk synthesis and secretion and on the cellular and molecular biology of mammary gland development.

ANSC 444 Domestic Animal Endocrinology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC212; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Must not have completed ANSC644. Credit only granted for: ANSC489I, ANSC444, or ANSC644. Formerly: ANSC489I. Current developments in endocrinology as it relates to animals used in the production of food and other products important to the well being of humans will be covered.

ANSC 446 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction (3) Prerequisite: ANSC212 or BSCI440. Anatomy and physiology of reproductive processes in domesticated and wild mammals.

ANSC 447 Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory (1) Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ANSC446. Gross and micro-anatomy, artificial insemination, estrous cycle synchronization and invitro-fertilization procedures and analytical techniques useful in animal management and reproduction.

ANSC 450 Animal Breeding Plans (3) Prerequisite: BIOM301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Design of animal breeding programs for the genetic improvement of livestock and companion animal species. Principles of population and quantitative genetics. Genetic evaluations of animals, selection strategies and crossbreeding systems. Incorporation of advanced statistics and biotechnology into animal breeding plans.

ANSC 452 Avian Physiology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC212. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. The digestive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, immune, skeletal muscle, endocrine and nervous systems of avian species will be examined.

ANSC 453 Animal Welfare and Bioethics (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; or BSCI106; or permission of instructor. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Ethical concerns related to the use of animals in modern society. Historical and philosophical overview of animal welfare and bioethics. Applied ethical discussions on human/animal interrelationships, physical and genetic manipulation, and other current issues associated with the treatment of animals used in food production, research, zoos, and as pets.

ANSC 455 Applied Animal Behavior (3) Prerequisite: ANSC101 and ANSC103; or BSCI106. Principles of animal behavior applied to production systems in animal agriculture.

ANSC 460 Comparative Vertebrate Immunology (3) Prerequisite: ANSC212, BSCI201, or BSCI440. Credit only granted for: ANSC460 or ANSC489I. Formerly: ANSC489I. Basic concepts in immunology, and comparing immunity in different vertebrates, including organization of immune systems, innate and adaptive immune responses. Special attention will be paid to how cell-mediated and humoral immune responses are induced in natural infections, and what are the effector mechanisms in both of these processes. Immune response in representative disease models such as infections with viruses and bacteria, cancer, and autoimmune disease will be discussed. Lectures concerning cutting-edge research will also be given.

ANSC 489 Current Topics in Animal Science (1-3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Examination of current developments in the animal sciences.

ANSC 497 Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory (3) Prerequisite: ANSC327; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Recommended: ANSC437 and ANSC435. An advanced course offering hands-on experience in performing recombinant DNA experiments. Current molecular biology techniques used for cloning genes, analyzing the gene products, and modifying the genes of animals will be performed. Techniques include isolation of DNA, use of restriction enzymes; cloning procedures, PCR analysis, and Southern hybridizations. Lecture material focuses on interpretation of results generated in the laboratory.

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