About the Animal Science Doctoral Program
The doctoral program in animal science requires 60 hours of graduate coursework and 12 dissertation hours, totaling 72 hours. Students may transfer in 30 hours of coursework from a M.S. degree (excluding thesis and seminar hours) if approved by the student’s advisory committee. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science may specialize in one of several areas of interest such as animal breeding and genetics, livestock or companion animal nutrition, reproductive or environmental physiology, animal health and epidemiology, animal behavior and welfare, growth and development, companion animal science, equine science, meat science, or food science. No foreign language requirement exists, but such a requirement may be instituted at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee.
The department has a collaborative agreement with the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management in the College of Arts and Sciences that will lead to a Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in exercise physiology. The program is designed for students with specific interests in human physiology and exercise. The curriculum includes coursework in physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences, cell function and regulation, and statistics. A preliminary examination administered by joint faculty from exercise physiology and animal science is required before the dissertation proposal.
Interested persons should contact the department graduate coordinator. Additional general degree requirements may be found in other sections of the catalog.
Students who receive stipends have special responsibilities in research and teaching. These awards include waiver of nonresident tuition.