M.S. - Animal Science;, Ph.D. - Animal Physiology
M.S. Animal Sciences
In two years you will learn to collect and analyze data that contributes to innovations in animal science. Specialize in animal nutrition, reproductive physiology, meats, animal breeding, and muscle biology and growth. Learn research protocols. Conduct literature reviews, design and carry out experiments, and interpret and validate data.
Before entering the program, determine the professor whose research interests match your own. Secure a position as an assistant in his or her lab. This professor will serve on your graduate committee and guide your independent research.
For your thesis, you'll develop a research methodology, carry out scientific data collection, and analyze and present your results. You'll also publish your findings in an academic periodical.
Ph.D. Animal Physiology
Sharpen your expertise in the laboratory. Design and carry out experiments, interpret and validate data, and present and publish your findings. Select a specialization in animal growth, nutrition or reproduction.
Before entering the four-year program, you'll choose a major professor to serve on your graduate committee and to guide your independent research. Independent research projects include:
•Dissertation: Write a proposal for a study that will seek to provide an answer to a significant question. Carry out scientific data collection and carefully document your results. Achieve independence in your research. Publish two or more articles of your experiments and findings in an academic periodical.
•Defense: Present your findings in a lecture to your professors and peers. Demonstrate your expertise in a question and answer session.
You'll have opportunities to work with professors who actively conduct research that contributes to knowledge of animal science nationally and internationally. Our professors analyze important topics such as cloning, breeding, pregnancy, lactation, and the health of animals and the environment.
Often some research/teaching assistanships are available.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 30 for MS; 78 for Ph
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 359 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 7162 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 12788 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Distant Town
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999