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Department of Animal Sciences
and Agricultural Education
Choose one option and one specialization under that option.
Options: Production Management, Science.
Major requirements (62-66 units)
Animal Science Core (39 units)
- ASCI 1, 35, 71, 101 125, 135, 145, 155, 165, 186; BIOL 20 or 120
- Select 6 units from the following: ASCI
21, 31, 41,
- Livestock Business Management Specialization (27 units)
ASCI 11, 81, 156
Select 9 units from:
AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 71 or PLANT 99; AGBS 117, 120; CHEM 8, 150; CRSC 1, 102, 105; SW 1, 2, 100 or 100N
Select 6 units from:
ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171, 172
Select 5 units from:
ASCI 180, 181, 182, 190, 194, 196
- Dairy Science Management Specialization (27 units)
ASCI 61* (from ASCI core), 146, 156, 161, 162, 163, 164
Select 9 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 71 or PLANT 99; AGBS 117, 120; CHEM 8, 150; CRSC 1, 102, 105; SW 1, 2, 100 or 100N
Select 3 units from: ASCI 180, 181, 182, 190, 194, 196
- Equine Science Specialization (27 units)
ASCI 51* (from ASCI core), 151, 152, 153, 156
Select 9 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 117, 120; CRSC 1, 102, 105; SW 1, 2, 100 or 100N
Select 4 units from: ASCI 56, 57, 187
Select 4 units from: ASCI 180, 181, 182, 190, 194, 196
- Meat Technology Specialization (27 units)
ASCI 11, 162, 171, 172; FSC 125; CHEM 8
Select 3 units from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161
Select 5 units from: ASCI 180, 181, 182, 190, 194, 196
- Preprofessional Specialization (24 units)
ASCI 156; CHEM 8, 129A, 150; AGBS 71 or PLANT 99 or MATH 101
Select 6 units from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171, 172
Select 3 units from: AGBS 28 or BA 18; AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A; AGBS 117, 120; CRSC 1, 102, 105; SW 1, 2, 100 or 100N
Select 3 units from: ASCI 180, 190, 194
- Preveterinary Medicine Specialization (23-24 units)
ASCI 68; BIOL 1B, 1BL; CHEM 1B, CHEM 8, or CHEM 128A/B, 129A, 150; PHYS 2A
Additional requirements (1-3 units)
Each of the animal science options requires courses in the major that also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 9-12 units of the 51 unit General Education requirement, plus 1-3 excess units beyond the requirements in BREADTH Area B1 for the Production Management Option and Area B1 and B2 for the Science Option.
- Production Management Option
(1 unit above G.E. requirement of 51 units) BREADTH: CHEM 3A (Area B1); BIOL 10 or 12 (Area B2); AGBS 1 (Area D3); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
- Science Option (3 units above G.E. requirement of 51 units) BREADTH: CHEM 1A (Area B1); BIOL 1A (Area B2); ASCI 67 recommended (Area E1)
General Education requirements (51 units)
(including 12 upper-division units, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed)
Electives and remaining degree requirements (2-4 units)
Total minimum requirements (120 units)**
* Within the Animal Science Core, Equine Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 51 and Dairy Specialization majors are required to take ASCI 61.
** The total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the veterinary school entrance requirements, as additional courses may be required (see advising note 6.) This total presumes that the student has fulfilled the Upper-Division Writing Skill requirement by passing the Upper-Division Writing Skill examination for 0 units.
- Mandatory advising is required of all students in the degree program. See the administrative support coordinator for the name of your assigned adviser.
- New students should request an option advising check sheet from the department office.
- All students should make an appointment with their assigned faculty adviser prior to registration each semester.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the courses have been designated CR/NC grading only.
- The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university examination (UDWE) or by taking an approved upper-division writing skills course, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units are completed. One unit of credit in ENGL 100W may be earned for passing the exam if requested by the student; three to four units of credit will be earned by obtaining a letter grade of C or higher in an approved course.
- Total number of units will exceed 120 if a student chooses to meet all of the Veterinary Medicine entrance requirements. Preveterinary medicine students should consult their faculty adviser regarding entrance requirements and admissions procedures to veterinary school. Additional courses such as PHYS 2B, calculus, and statistics may be required.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Agricultural Education Major
Options: Agricultural Communications, Teacher Preparation
Major requirements (54-60 units)
Select Teacher Preparation or Agricultural Communications
---Teacher Preparation Core (39 units)
Agricultural Economics (6 units)
AGBS 31, 120
---Animal Science (9 units)
ASCI 1, 11; select one of the following: ASCI 21, 31, 41, 61, 91
---Natural Resources and Forestry (3 units)
---Ornamental Horticulture (3 units)
---Plant Science (12 units)
CRSC 1; OH 1; SW 100 or SW 100N; HORT 110
---Mechanized Agriculture (9 units)
MEAG 1, 50, 114
Teacher Preparation Career Specialty (15 units)
Select one: Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Mechanized Agriculture, or Plant Science (see Teacher Preparation Option check sheet available in the department office.)
Agricultural Communications Core (45 units)
---Agricultural Economics (3 units)
Select 3 units from: AGBS 28, 31, 117, 120, 150
----Agricultural Education (6 units)
AGED 66, 166
---Soil and Water (3 units)
Select 3 units from: SW 2, 100, 100N
Agricultural Communications Career Specialty (15 units)
Select one: Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Medial, Electronic Media Production, Photo Journalism, Print Journalism, Public Relations (see Agricultural Communications Option check sheet available in the department office.)
Additional requirements (1-10 units)
Agricultural education majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements. These courses amount to 12 units of the 51 unit G.E. requirement, plus 1 excess unit beyond the 3 unit requirement in BREADTH Area B1.
Area B1: CHEM 3A
Area B2: BIOL 10, 11, or 12
Area D3: AGBS 1
Area E1: ASCI 67
General Education requirements (51 units)
(including 12 upper-division units, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed)
Electives and remaining degree requirements (5-8 units)
Upper-division writing requirement by exam or writing course (see advising note 5 following animal science major)
Courses supplementary to the major are strongly recommended.
Total minimum requirements (120 units)
- See advising notes 1-6 following animal sciences major.
- Teacher preparation majors seeking the Agriculture Specialist Credential must also take AGED 187 and AGED 189.
- Contact the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for admission and program requirements for the Single Subject Credential.
- Agriculture courses titled Tours or Lectures may be used to satisfy upper-division unit requirements but may not be counted to satisfy agricultural education core or specialized field requirements in the major.
- Candidates for the Agriculture Specialist Credential must possess 3,000 hours or two years of occupational experience in agriculture. (For details, consult the agricultural education credentialing coordinator.)
- Agricultural communications students must pass the Department Qualification Examination (DQE). The DQE is a screening examination administered by the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. It must be passed before permission is given for enrollment in MCJ 10 and other writing and editing courses. Contact the Mass Communications and Journalism Department for DQE information, requirements, and testing dates.
Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program
Completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education
meets the requirements of the Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program.
The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach general agriculture
in grades 7-12. Students with a B.S. in another agricultural major may obtain
a Single Subject Credential by completing the remaining coursework required
for the B.S. in Agricultural Education.
Credential candidates must pass examinations in reading, writing, and mathematics in addition to other numerous state of California and California State University, Fresno requirements. Consult the agricultural education major adviser and the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for details.
The Agricultural Specialist Credential, which authorizes holders to teach
secondary school vocational agriculture, is offered jointly by the School
of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and the Kremen School of Education
and Human Development. It requires completion of the Single Subject Waiver
Program (see above), professional education courses (see Education
Single Subject Credential Program Requirements, Professional
Preparation), and an approved fifth-year program of 30 postgraduate
units including AGED 135, 150, 187,
155B; CI 161; and AGRI 280, 281.
Animal Sciences Minor
This program is designed for students in other majors who desire instruction in the various disciplines of animal science. Students may design a minor with an animal science adviser to best satisfy their interests.
Students must consult with a faculty adviser in the Animal Sciences Department to plan the minor. The adviser and department chair must approve the minor program before it can be certified by the college dean. It is then filed with the Evaluations Office and recorded on the transcript.
A Minor in Animal Sciences consists of a minimum of 21 units, 9 units of which must be upper division. The minor program of study must be designed from the following courses:
Select from: ASCI 1, 21, 31,
41, 51, 61,
71 (3-6 units)
Select from: ASCI 11, 35, 65 (3-6 units)
Select from: ASCI 101, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165 (9-10 units)
Select from: ASCI 121, 131, 151, 161, 171 (3 units)
Total (21-22 units)
Note: The Animal Sciences Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
- Complete an Animal Sciences Minor advising sheet with a faculty adviser for selection of courses.
- Courses in a major cannot be applied toward a minor unless designated as additional requirements.
- All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade. CR/NC grading is not acceptable.
- A minor may be earned only at the time a student earns the first baccalaureate degree.
The Master of Science in Animal Science will be available in fall 2003 pending approval by the Chancellor's Office. Please contact the department office for additional information.
Master of Science Degree Program
The Master of Science in Animal Science is a 30-unit degree program designated to extend professional competencies in animal science to professionals in the industry and to provide the first graduate degree for students anticipating advanced graduate work in the animal sciences. The curriculum is flexible to accommodate a wide variety of areas of interest in animal science. Coursework in animal science includes ruminant and non-ruminant nutrition, environment, reproduction, meats, and health. Appropriate coursework in agricultural education, chemistry, biology, food science, business, or in other areas may also be taken with approval to meet the needs of individual student programs. A thesis or a comprehensive exam can be taken. Full-time graduate students may earn the degree within two years when working closely with an adviser. To accommodate part-time students, graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.
Admission requirements. The Master of Science in Animal Science assumes preparation equivalent to a bachelor of science in animal science or agricultural education from an accredited institution. The preparatory baccalaureate degree must include the following courses or their equivalents:
a. A SCI 35 and three of the
following five courses: A SCI 125,
b. BIOL 1A or 12
c. CHEM 1A or 3A; CHEM 8, 129A, 150
d. undergraduate level statistics course; and
e. two animal science production courses.
The above courses or equivalents must be completed prior to enrollment in courses that will be applied to the master's program.
Admission to unclassified postbaccalaureate standing by the university does not imply acceptance in the Master of Science in Animal Science program.
Applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550.
Admission materials. To be considered for admission to the graduate program, the candidate must submit the following materials: evidence of a baccalaureate degree in animal science or agricultural education, or in a related field with appropriate preparatory coursework from an accredited institution; official transcripts of all college work, scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE); university application for graduate/postbaccalaureate admission to the Graduate Admissions Office; three letters of reference from employers or faculty at the university attended most recently; and a statement of 500 words or less indicating reasons for pursuing a master's degree.
Program admission criteria. Candidates for admission will be evaluated using the following criteria: undergraduate coursework, grade point average of 3.0 or better on the last 60 semester units, recommended GRE scores (480V/580Q are equivalent to the 50th percentile), 500-word statement of professional goals, and three letters of recommendation. Students lacking in any area with compensating strengths in other areas are encouraged to apply.
Classified standing will be granted to students who meet all of the program admission criteria. Conditional classified standing may be granted to applicants with a 2.75-2.99 GPA (last 60 semester units) and/or those required to complete prerequisite coursework. Prerequisite coursework is not included in the 30-unit master's program. Students must request classified standing in the program by the semester in which a maximum of 10 units to be used toward the degree are completed.
The student, under the direction of a graduate adviser, prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the following framework:
Electives (14 units)
100-200 level courses with prior approval of adviser and thesis committee. Courses may be chosen from the following:
ASCI 240T, 241, 246, 247, 248, 290
AGRI 280, 281
CHEM 150, 153, 156
Courses in agriculture, business, food science, biology, or other
Culminating experience (0-4 units)
Thesis (4 units) or Comprehensive Exam (0 units)
Total minimum requirements (30 units)
Graduate Advising Notes
- Several of the 200-level and approved elective courses have prerequisites other than courses listed as admission requirements.
- Students must request specific information concerning the program from the department office.
- Upon admission, students should see the graduate coordinator for assistance in program planning, selection of graduate adviser, and selection of a thesis committee.
- To progress through the graduate program, the student must do the following: (a.) Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (b.) Complete all prerequisite coursework (c.) Attain classified standing (d.) Meet university graduate writing requirement by passing the writing component of AGRI 220 (contact the department office or the graduate coordinator for more information) (e.) File for advancement to candidacy (f.) Complete the program requirements (g.) File a master's thesis committee assignment form (h.) Formally present and defend the thesis research results or pass a comprehensive examination
- Advancement to candidacy requires the completion of 9 program units in residence (minimum GPA of 3.0), meeting the university graduate writing skills requirement, departmental requirements, and filing a petition of advancement to candidacy no later than one semester prior to enrollment in thesis and by the deadline.
- Thesis students may apply a maximum of 2 units of independent study to the master's program.
- A maximum of 9 units of 100-level courses may be used to meet degree requirements.
- See Division of Graduate Studies in this catalog for university requirements.