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Department of Animal Sciences
and Agricultural Education
- Animal Science Principles (ASCI)
- Production and Management (ASCI)
- Special Topics and Industry Relations (ASCI)
- Agricultural Education (AGED)
- Agriculture (AGRI) --- Graduate Courses
- Animal Science (ASCI) --- Graduate Courses
- Agriculture (AGRI) --- In-Service Courses
Note: Active immunization against tetanus (available through Student Health Services) is a prerequisite for registration in any laboratory course in agriculture and for any student employment within the University Agricultural Laboratory.
Note: Cost to the student of extended field trips varies each semester depending upon itinerary. The student should ask the course instructor.
ASCI 1. Introduction to Animal Science (3
Overview of the livestock and poultry industry; types and breeds, world distributions, foods and products from farm animals, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, and marketing. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)
ASCI 35. Feeds and Feeding (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Principles of nutrition; nutrients and their metabolism; comparison of qualitative nutrient requirements of non-ruminant and ruminant animals and formulating diets to meet these requirements. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 65. Introduction to Animal Health
The stockman's approach to animal health and disease control in domestic animals. Classification of animal diseases, their causes and appropriate treatments with emphasis on preventative medicine. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 67. Animals and Society (3 units)
Philosophical, ethical, and scientific investigation of the human/animal bond and the significance of animals in our society. Importance of animals in wellness, rehabilitation/convalescence, and stress management. Interdisciplinary investigation of controversies in animal research and human disease. G.E. Breadth E1.
ASCI 101. Environmental Management of Farm Animals (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Basic principles of environmental management as applied to domestic farm animals. Special emphasis given to animal behavior, animal welfare, and animal performance. The optimal animal environment will be studied in detail.
ASCI 125. Animal Genetics (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Genetic principles and application to livestock production; basic inheritance, qualitative genetics, variation in economic traits of livestock, quantitative inheritance, selection progress; current methods of genetic livestock improvement.
ASCI 135. Animal Nutrition (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 35, CHEM 3A. Principles of nutrition and metabolism; digestive physiology of farm animals.
ASCI 145. Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals (4 units)
Prerequisite: BIOL 10 or 12. General structures of farm animals and physiological functions of organs in the animal body. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 146. Physiology of Lactation (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 61, CHEM 3A. Fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of milk synthesis and secretion; milking machine systems and management; pathological and environmental factors affecting lactation.
ASCI 155. Animal Reproduction (3 units)
Principles of reproductive physiology, associated endocrine hormones, and their application to domestic animals.
ASCI 156. Artificial Insemination Embryo Transfer (1 unit)
Prerequisite: ASCI 155 (may be taken concurrently). Basic principles of artificial insemination and embryo transfer with emphasis on application to cattle. (3 lab hours)
ASCI 163. Dairy Cattle Nutrition (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 35. Principles of dairy cattle nutrition. Nutritional requirements of the dairy calf through the mature cow. Special emphasis on computerized diet formulation and feed inventory control.
ASCI 165. Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals (3 units)
Prerequisites: BIOL 20 or 120. Microbiological concepts related to bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases in domestic animals with emphasis on specific diseases of veterinary importance. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 11. Meat Animal Selection and Evaluation
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Basic factors involved in selection and evaluation of market animals; relationships of live market animal traits to carcass cutability and quality. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 21. Beef Cattle Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Overview of world and United States beef production. Evaluation of the structure of the beef industry (consumer, packer, retailer, feedlot, seedstock, commercial cow-calf, stocker). Discussion of genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and meat science as applied to beef cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) F even
ASCI 31. Swine Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Management principles and practices of purebred and commercial pork production. Nutrition, reproduction, environ mental management, health, marketing, selection, and records are studied. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)
ASCI 41. Sheep Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Management of purebred, commercial, and small farm flocks; principles and practices in breeding, feeding, care of ewes and lambs, and marketing of lamb and wool. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 51. Horse Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Breeds, selection, and care and feeding of light horses. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 56. Beginning Colt Training (2; max
total 4 units)
Horse training methods for young horses, primarily ground work, including leading, grooming, longeing, saddling, and bridling. Emphasis on safe protocols, horse psychology, and observable outcomes of training protocols. (Formerly ASCI 185T)
ASCI 57. Advanced Colt Training (2; max
total 4 units)
Advanced training methods for young horses, including ground work and basic under saddle training. Emphasis on safe protocols to create a methodical program increasing skill, ability, and confidence in both student and horse. (Formerly ASCI 185T)
ASCI 61. Dairy Cattle Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Principles and practices of milking, feeding, breeding, evaluating, housing, health, behavior, and management of dairy cattle. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 68. Pre-Vet Orientation (1 unit)
Detailed information for students preparing for veterinary school including course requirements, admission policies, application procedures, interview sessions, and career opportunities in vet medicine.
ASCI 71. Meat Science (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 (may be taken concurrently). Basic meats course covering topics from harvest to consumption. Discussion of meat quality versus quantity, general food safety, and meat preparation. Lab will demonstrate all aspects of modern meat industry practices including harvest, fabrication, and further processing. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 81. Introduction to Livestock, Meat, and Dairy Evaluation (3 units)
Introductory course in evaluating livestock, meat, and dairy cattle. Utilizes visual and performance data in establishing the economic value of animals representing the beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horse industries. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 91. Poultry Production (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1 or concurrently. Management principles and practices of commercial poultry production. Nutrition, reproduction, environmental management, health, and processing of broilers and layers. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 121. Advanced Beef Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 21. Prevailing and alternative management systems and techniques of beef production in the United States and California including economic analysis. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 131. Advanced Swine Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 31. A comprehensive study of the swine industry. Laboratory exercises designed to improve the management decision ability of students. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)
ASCI 151. Advanced Horse Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Advanced principles of horse management, reproduction, breeding systems, nutrition, facilities, business aspects, exercise physiology, training colts. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 152. Equine Nutrition (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 51. Principles of equine nutrition; digestive anatomy and physiology nutrient requirements; feed formulation, nutritional management, and diseases.
ASCI 153. Stable Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 51. An overview of horse farm and stable management theories and applications. The impact of management practices on the animal, on the environment, and on economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 161. Advanced Dairy Farm Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 61. A comprehensive study of daily industry management strategies and practices. Exercises involve recognition of problems and recommendation of solutions associated with managing commercial dairy operations. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)
ASCI 162. Dairy and Meat Systems Management
Prerequisite: ASCI 61 or 71. A comprehensive study of technological systems employed in commercial dairies and meat processing facilities. Exercises involve analysis of systems for application in various facilities and evaluation of dairy and meat plant sanitation systems, HACCP, and production/processing systems. Control of food specific pathogens and their impact on the animal, on food safety, on public health and on the environment. Economic viability is considered. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 164. Advanced Commercial Dairy Management
Evaluation (2; max total 4 units)
Detailed analysis of dairy management. Procedures and methodologies in assessing dairy management productivity and profitability. Actual dairy assessment is emphasized. (Formerly ASCI 185T)
ASCI 171. Advanced Meat Science (3 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or 71. Basic advanced meats course that covers comprehensive study of the conversion of muscle to meat and factors that affect meat quality. Topics include muscle structure and function and muscle anatomy. Laboratory exercises involve hands-on techniques of harvest, fabrication, and further processing of various products from the major species of production livestock. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 172. Meat Technology (3 units)
Comprehensive study of meat science topics. Emphasis placed on food safety systems including HACCP and current product development efforts in the meats industry. Laboratory exercises are designed to improve student application of HACCP principles and to strengthen understanding of the vast array of new and innovative products on the market. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
ASCI 83. Issues and Opportunities in Animal
Sciences (2; max total 4 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 1. Invited speakers provide insight on current industry issues. Comprehensive study of career opportunities available in animal science. Field experience is offered in specific areas. (Formerly ASCI 183)
ASCI 94. Agri Internship (1-6; max total
Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 2.0 and instructor approval. Emphasis on acquisition through experience of practical animal production skill integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. This course is for on-campus internships at animal science related units only. CR/NC grading only.
ASCI 180. Undergraduate Research (1-4;
max total 4 units)
Open to juniors and seniors. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in animal science. Approved for RP grading.
ASCI 181. Advanced Livestock, Meat, and Dairy Evaluation (3; max total 6 units)
Prerequisite: ASCI 11 or 81 or permission of instructor. Detailed analysis of animal form related to functional efficiency, economic value, and sound livestock production management. Written and oral defense of judgments (dairy, horse, livestock, meats). (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)
ASCI 182. Livestock Marketing and Show Management (1-2; max total 4 units)
Development of skills in the organization, administration, and operation of livestock activities at a district fair level. Emphasis on practical application of skills. (2 lab hours per unit)
ASCI 185T. Topics in Animal Science (1-4; max total 4 per discipline if no topic repeated)
Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, livestock management. Topics may require labs.
ASCI 186. Animal Science Seminar (1)
Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Latest developments in research; assigned papers in animal science to be presented in both oral and written form.
ASCI 187. Equestrian (2 units)
Women only. (See ATHL 181.)
ASCI 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6 units)
See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
ASCI 194. Agricultural Internship (1-8; max total 8 units)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and approval of internship committee. This course to be used by students doing off-campus, industry-related internships only. Emphasis on development of decision-making ability through industrial experience integrated with basic principles acquired in the classroom. CR/NC grading only.
ASCI 196. Enterprise Management (1-3; max total 6 units)
Prerequisites: ASCI 21 or 31 or 41 or 51 or 61 or 91; MEAG 3 or 5; or permission of instructor; concurrent participation in project program required. Theory and field application of management principles in beef, sheep, swine, horses, dairy cattle or poultry. Other appropriate animal science enterprises. Approved for RP grading.
AGED 50. Orientation to Agricultural Education
An overview of agricultural education in California, including the principle components of agricultural education, developing academic and career plans, and observation in a secondary agricultural classroom. Two-hour lecture and three-hour school site observation laboratory. CR/NC grading only.
AGED 66. Agricultural Communications (3
Agricultural news and information gathering and dissemination to food producers and consumers through print/broadcast media and computer networks; mass communications writing, editing, and simulated electronic presentations. (Formerly AGBS 166)
AGED 80. Undergraduate Research (1-4; max
total 4 units)
Open to freshmen and sophomores with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.
AGED 115. FFA Activities (2; max total 4 units)
Organization and administration of various FFA activities. Parliamentary procedure and meeting organization; committee work and structure. (Formerly AGED 160T section)
AGED 120. Leadership and Communication
(2; max total 4 units)
Develops student leadership and communication skills. Through class instruction and field experience, students will learn team building, speaking ability, self-confidence, and communication skills. Students will develop their own recruitment and teaching information and integrate this material into presentation software.
AGED 120S. Leadership and Communication
(2; max total 4 units)
Develops student leadership skills, self-confidence, and oral and written communication skills. Students experience the benefits of volunteerism through participation in various service-learning activities within their community, industries, and the university. Approved for RP grading.
AGED 135. Introduction to Agricultural Education (3 units)
Survey of agricultural education in California, including qualifications for teaching agriculture, structure and content of vocational agriculture programs. Supervision of vocational youth organizations.
AGED 150. Agricultural Resources and Computer Applications (3 units)
Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor; 12 upper-division units in the major. Development and application of techniques for obtaining and using resource materials including government documents, university and experiment station reports. Development of computer skills utilized in agricultural education. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)
AGED 160T. Topics in Agriculture (1-4; max total 6 units per discipline if no topic repeated)
Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor. Agricultural education. Topics may require lab hours.
AGED 166. Agricultural Publication Production
Application of various skills, including writing, editing and layout, in producing agricultural publications, with an emphasis on computer software applications for publishing.
AGED 180. Undergraduate Research (1-4;
max total 4 units)
Open to juniors or seniors with permission of instructor. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in agricultural education. Approved for RP grading.
AGED 187. Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Agricultural Education (3 units)
Prerequisite: senior standing. A study of the California and federal plans for vocational education as they pertain to agricultural education.
AGED 189. Education in Agricultural Mechanics (3 units)
Prerequisites: MEAG 1; junior standing. Strategies for organizing, teaching, and administering educational programs in agricultural mechanics for youth and adults.
AGED 190. Independent Study (1-3 units; max see reference)
See Academic Placement Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
The following courses are open to students who have been accepted into
the graduate program. Students who are not in graduate standing should contact
the department graduate coordinator prior to enrolling.
AGRI 200. Biometrics in Agriculture (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLANT 99, AGBS 71, or MATH 101, or permission of instructor. Advanced concepts in the design of agricultural experiments. Emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate designs to meet the objectives of well-planned experiments. Relative merits of various designs and topics in analysis, interpretation, and regression are covered.
AGRI 201. Agricultural Laboratory Techniques (3 units)
Prerequisite: One of the following courses: BIOL 161; CHEM 105, 129A, 151; ENOL 115 or FSC 115. Agricultural problem solving through the application of advances in laboratory technology, crop management, foods, nutrition, soil and water quality. Theory and practice operation of scientific instruments and techniques are taught. Student-defined project and report required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)
AGRI 220. Research Methodology and Communications (3 units)
Critical literature review, quantitative and qualitative research design, scientific writing, questionnaire design and use, and presentation of research results. Ethical research issues examined. Approved for RP grading.
AGRI 280. Seminar in Agricultural Education (1-3 units; max see below)
Maximum total credit 9 units in any given area or any combination of the three areas. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; admission to teacher preparation program; bachelor's degree in agriculture. Advanced problems in agriculture; research and experimentation in a selected area: animal science, plant science, or agricultural mechanics. Approved for RP grading.
AGRI 281. Problems in Agricultural Education (1-3; max total 3 units)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Individual supervised research in agricultural education; appropriate reports and evaluation required. Individual conferences.
ASCI 229. Seminar (1; required total 3
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students investigate and present current research problems. Observation and evaluation of additional assigned seminars. Oral and written reports required.
ASCI 240T. Topics in Animal Science (3;
max total 12 units)
Prerequisite: upper-division animal science appropriate to study topic; permission of instructor. Investigation of topic in animal science; anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, genetics, or economics. Topics may require lab hours.
ASCI 241. Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology
Prerequisite: ASCI 155. Physiology which deals with neural and hormonal integration and control of the animal body, including scientific aspects of the processes of reproduction and application of current knowledge in improving reproductive efficiency.
ASCI 247. Concepts in Non-Ruminant Nutrition
Prerequisite: ASCI 135 or equivalent, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Digestion, absorption, nutrient utilization, and interrelationships in poultry, swine, and other non-ruminants.
ASCI 248. Meat Science and Muscle Biology
Prerequisite: ASCI 171, graduate standing or consent of instructor. Evaluation of muscle as meat; biological characteristics, growth and development of skeletal muscle, glycogen metabolism, and factors affecting quality of meat.
ASCI 290. Independent Study (1-3; max
total 6 units)
See Academic Placement - Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.
ASCI 299. Thesis (2-4; max total 4 units)*
Prerequisite: See Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the master's degree. Approved for RP grading.
* For 299C courses, see Graduate Studies.
(See Catalog Numbering System.)
AGRI 300. Topics in Agriculture (1-3; max total 6 units)
Topics may require lab hours. In-service professional training in selected areas of agriculture.