Master of Science Degree Program Requirements

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. ASCI 35 and three of the following five courses: ASCI 125, 135, 145, 155, 165;
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.

Program Requirements

The student, under the direction of a graduate adviser, prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the following framework:

Core (12 units) AGRI 200 (or BIOL 274), 201, 220; ASCI 229 (1+1+1)

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

1.Several of the 200-level and approved elective courses have prerequisites other than courses listed as admission requirements.

2.Students must request specific information concerning the program from the department office.

3.Upon admission, students should see the graduate coordinator for assistance in program planning, selection of graduate adviser, and selection of a thesis committee.

4.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.

5.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.

6.Thesis students may apply a maximum of 2 units of independent study to the master's program.

7.A maximum of 9 units of 100-level courses may be used to meet degree requirements.

8.See Division of Graduate Studies in this catalog for university requirements.