The Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

This academic program was approved effective Fall 2009. Note: The highlighted is different from what appears in the printed catalog. What is displayed is current and correct.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information at http://em.csuchico.edu/aap/ProgramSearch.

Please see the General Education, Diversity, and U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirements under the BS in Agriculture.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 83 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Lower-Division Requirements: 33units units

2 courses required:

AGRI 180 The University Experience 1.0 FS
MATH 105 Statistics 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.

1 course selected from:

CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Applied Sciences 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.
CHEM 111 General Chemistry 4.0 FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

1 course selected from:

CHEM 108 Organic Chemistry for Applied Sciences 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent.
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111 with a grade of C- or higher.

2 courses required:

ANSC 101 Introduction to Animal Science 3.0 FS *
ANSC 230 Animal Feeds and Nutrition 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ABUS 101 Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics 3.0 FS *
ABUS 261 Farm Accounting 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

AGET 120 Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics 3.0 FA
AGET 150 Agricultural Machine Systems 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

PSSC 101 Introduction to Plant Science 3.0 FS *
PSSC 250 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

6 units selected from:

Any combination of lower division courses in Agriculture (AGRI), Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET), Animal Science (ANSC), Plant Science (PSSC), Agricultural Business (ABUS), Biology (BIOL), and Chemistry (CHEM). All courses must be approved by your advisor.

Upper-Division Requirements: 50 units

9 courses required:

AGRI 305 Agricultural Genetics and Biotechnology 4.0 SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.
AGRI 331 Agricultural Ecology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250.
AGRI 482 Agricultural Issues 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
AGRI 490 Agricultural Experimental Research 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: AGRI 331.
ANSC 301 Intermediate Animal Systems 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101
ANSC 330 Animal Nutrition 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101, ANSC 230.
ANSC 340 Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC 360 Animal Health and Disease 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC 440 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101,CHEM 107. CHEM 108 is recommended.

2 courses selected from:

ANSC 350 Meat and the Consumer 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC 471 Beef Production and Management 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
ANSC 474 Dairy Production and Management 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

15 units selected from:

Any combination of upper division courses in Agriculture (AGRI), Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET), Animal Science (ANSC), Plant Science (PSSC), Agricultural Business (ABUS), Biology (BIOL), and Chemistry (CHEM). All courses must be approved by your advisor. A minimum of three UD ABUS units are recommended.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Students may double count only one approved upper-division General Education theme coure with a required option elective.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

A sample program for students who wish to complete their major in four years is available in the Office of the College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, CA 95929.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.