Agricultural Sciences III 216
1955 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8356
Fax: (808) 956-4883
*D. L. Vincent, PhD (Chair)-reproductive physiology and endocrinology
*B. A. Buckley, PhD-beef production and breeding
*J. R. Carpenter, PhD-ruminant nutrition, forage evaluation, dairy production
*R. J. Early, PhD-ruminant nutrition and biochemistry, growth physiology
*Y. S. Kim, PhD-meat science, muscle biology, animal growth
*B. R. LeaMaster, DVM, PhD-veterinary extension, herd health, microbiology, parasitology
*C. N. Lee, PhD-dairy production and reproduction management
*S. R. Malecha, PhD-aquaculture production and breeding
*C. W. Weems, PhD-molecular endocrinology and reproduction
*H. Zaleski, PhD-swine production and management, reproductive physiology
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
E. G. Grau, PhD-fish endocrinology
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
J. A. Brock, DVM,
Degrees Offered: BS in animal sciences, MS in animal sciences
The Academic Program
Animal science (ANSC) is the application of experimental investigation, technology, and other scientific principles for the advancement of efficient and environmentally friendly animal agriculture. The present program centers around swine, sheep, beef, and dairy cattle production and pond aquaculture production systems. Students receive training in both basic and agricultural sciences, as well as in animal sciences. Unlike most continental United States institutions, the emphasis of the present program is on tropical production systems with particular relevance to the Pacific Basin area. Animal scientists have careers in management and production, food processing and marketing, veterinary sciences, the pharmaceutical and feed industries, teaching, extension, and research. These positions require skills in disciplines such as management, nutrition, genetics, physiology, meat science, animal health, feed and forage utilization, engineering, business, marketing, and salesmanship. The animal sciences program offers the BS and MS degrees.
- Course work in the basic sciences, mathematics, economics, and animal sciences including the following:
- AREC 220 or ECON 131
- CHEM 161/161L, 162/162L, and
- ENBI 402/402L
- MATH 140 or above
- PHYS 151/151L
- One of BIOL 171, MICRO 130, SCI 124, or ZOOL 101
- Animal sciences required courses:
- ANSC 200, 201, 244, 301, 321, and 445
- Three of the following: ANSC 451, 453, 454/454L, 462, and 472
- One of the following production courses: ANSC 431, 432, 433, and 450
- Additional electives to make a total of 128 credit hours
Because of the diversity among fields of specialization within animal sciences, specific course requirements will vary considerably among students. On the recommendation of the student's major adviser, courses will be selected from those offered in animal sciences, as well as in agricultural and resource economics, biosystems engineering, agronomy and soil science, anatomy and reproductive biology, biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, environmental biochemistry, food science and human nutrition, genetics, horticulture, information and computer sciences, microbiology, oceanography, physiology, and zoology.
The MS in animal sciences is offered in the areas of genetics, nutrition, animal diseases, and physiology. Specialty areas consist of beef-cattle nutrition and genetics; dairy-cattle nutrition and physiology (especially the management of cattle in a hot climate); swine management; reproductive physiology and endocrinology of sheep, cattle, fish, and swine; muscle biology and meat science; health and disease; and freshwater shrimp breeding, nutrition, and pond management systems. Emphasis is on tropical animal science, aquaculture pond production systems, yield trials, and animal management. Candidates wishing to specialize in nutrition, animal diseases, reproduction, or physiology should be strong in chemistry and biochemistry with a good background in mathematics. Candidates wishing to specialize in animal breeding should be particularly strong in mathematics, including statistics, with a good biological background.
To be considered for admission to the animal sciences program, an applicant must (1) hold a bachelor's degree with a major in animal science (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited institution of higher learning, (2) provide evidence of superior scholarship in previous academic work, (3) arrange for three letters of recommendation, (4) submit GRE general and subject (biology) scores, and (5) obtain admission clearance by the Graduate Division. An applicant with a bachelor's degree in a major other than animal or veterinary sciences who otherwise qualifies for admission will be required to take ANSC 200 or 201, one production course, and such other undergraduate courses deemed necessary by the department as essential background to the applicant's studies. The ANSC 200 or 201 requirement may be satisfied through meeting the teaching experience requirement.
Two programs leading to the MS degree are available to graduate students in animal sciences. Students may elect to pursue either a thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B) program. Requirements are as follows:
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including
- At least 12 credits of course work numbered 600 and above, including 2 credits of ANSC 641 (seminar) and excluding 699 and thesis 700
- A maximum of 3 credits of directed research
- 9 credits of thesis research in ANSC 700 with at least 1 credit taken in the final semester
- Remaining credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above
A student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, including
- At least 18 credits in course work numbered 600 and above, including ANSC 641 (seminar) and excluding 699
- 4 credits of directed research
- Remaining credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above
Candidates must be enrolled during the term in which the degree is awarded; regular course work or ANSC 500 Master's Plan B Studies may be used to meet this requirement. ANSC 500 is offered as a 1 credit course with a mandatory grading of S/NG but does
not count toward meeting degree requirements.
Both Plans A and B
- Students are required to attend weekly seminars and to present an animal sciences seminar each semester. Attendance is mandatory unless legitimate reason is given for being absent. A maximum of 2 credits is allowed for graduate seminar
- The following courses are recommended as a core for most graduate students in animal sciences: ANSC 642, 643, 644, and a graduate-level statistics course.
In both plans (on the recommendation of the student's graduate committee), the graduate credit hours will be selected from the graduate courses offered in animal sciences, as well as in the fields of agricultural biochemistry, agricultural economics, biosystems engineering, agronomy and soil science, anatomy and reproductive biology, biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, food and nutritional science, food science and technology, genetics, horticulture, information and computer sciences, microbiology, physiology, public health, and zoology. Because of the diversity of specializations within animal sciences, specific course requirements will vary considerably among students.
A general examination is required.