Department of Animal Science
Department Chair: Bill Torngren
Department Secretary: Vione Migel (208) 496-3170
Department Faculty: Nick BaldwinJim LambMark OrchardKerry PowellBill Torngren


Livestock Center Manager: Jack Muir
Department of Animal Science
The Department of Animal Science has two programs that prepare students for work in the agricultural livestock industry, a two-year Associate degree in Beef Production Management (347) and a four-year Bachelor of Science degree (645).

For students interested in the Pre-Veterinary minor see the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Programs in both Beef Production Management and Animal Science offer students on-the-job training in a wide variety of settings. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better to qualify for an internship. The students are exposed to numerous concepts and techniques by participating ranch and industry managers.
Associate Degree in Beef Production Management. (347)
This option prepares students to apply practical, state-of-the-art management techniques as ranch managers. Skills in practical veterinary medicine, feedlot operation, nutrition, animal reproduction, farming and the business aspects of cattle ranching are stressed in the courses. This program extends over two academic years, plus one summer term. A four to eight-week internship is required.
Bachelors of Science with Major in Animal Science. (645)
This option is designed for students who plan to complete a four year university program in Animal Science. Students in this major will be exposed in greater depth to a variety of industry related courses and be prepared to go directly in to the work force or continue in graduate programs. Two four-to-eight week internships are required for this major, one at the end of the freshman year and another during the senior year.
The Department of Animal Science is housed at the Brigham Young University-Idaho Livestock Center located five miles west of Rexburg. Facilities include indoor and outdoor arenas, a feedlot, a horse barn, corrals, meat processing lab, teaching stations, and about a 250 acre farm.

Travel to and from this facility is the responsibility of the student.
Career Outlook
The employment opportunities for students graduating in Beef Production/Animal Science are promising. Graduates primarily find jobs as ranch managers, herdsmen, marketing specialists, financial advisors, ranch consultants, feedlot managers, or store managers.
Program Description

B.S.  in Animal Science (645)   
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
CHEM 105
ECON 111, 112
Take 1 Course    
ENG 311, 312, 316
Take 1 Course    
MATH 110, 112

Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    
COMM 101, 150
CS 100
IS 140
If you choose Biology 100 you must also take Biology 102. If you choose Biology 221 you must also take Biology 222.
Take 4 Credits    
BIO 100, 102, 208, 221, 222

Major Requirements
    No double-counting of major courses.
Take these Courses    
AS 100, 150, 165, 215, 215L, 220, 260, 298R, 315, 315L, 336, 355, 355L, 498, 499
Take 4 Credits    
AGBUS 102, 102L
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AS 140, 145, 240, 245, 247, 248, 265, 320, 330, 333, 340, 360, 420, 425, 430, 440, 490
Take 10 Credits    
AGBUS 102, 102L
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AS 265, 320, 330, 333, 340, 360, 420, 425, 430
BIO 210
CHEM 150

A.A.S.  in Beef Production Management (347)   

Basic Education Requirements

As you fill the Basic Education Requirements and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the Basic Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
Take this Course    
IS 140
Major Requirements
Take these Courses    
AGBUS 102, 102L, 347
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AGSYS 220, 240, 320
AS 100, 215, 215L, 220, 260, 298R, 315, 315L, 336, 355, 355L, 360
Take 1 Course    
AS 165, 320, 330, 333, 420, 425, 440

Minor in  Animal Science (140)   

Take all of these Courses    
AS 150, 220, 260, 315, 315L, 336, 355, 355L

Take 1 Course    
AS 340, 360

Take 4 Credits    
AS 140, 145, 165, 240, 245, 247, 265, 320, 330, 333, 340, 360, 420, 430, 440, 490
Course Descriptions

AS 140 Basic Equitation (1:0:2)
Fee:  $60.00
Western riding skills emphasizing establishment of a balanced seat and proper use of aids. Instruction in handling, grooming, saddling, and control of the horse.
AS 145 Trailriding (1:0:2)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: AS 140 or an equivalent amount of riding experience/consent of instructor
This course is designed to help those who have had some experience riding horses expand on those experiences by learning first hand appropriate trail etiquette, proper trailer techniques, appropriate tack, and how to enjoy many of the beautiful sights and sounds of Southeastern Idaho from the back of your favorite horse.
AS 150 Intro to Livestock Production (3:3:0)
Overview of various livestock enterprises, including beef, dairy, sheep, swine and horse industries. Basic principles used in the various industries are presented. Emphasis given to current and future trends in animal science.
AS 165 Live Animal & Carcass Evaluation (2:1:2)
Judging, grading, and methods of selection of market animals and carcasses.
AS 215 Anatomy & Physiology (4:3:0)
A systems approach to the study of animal anatomy and physiology. Includes structure and function of the cell, skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, and reproductive systems. Practical applications of anatomy and physiology and their relation to diseases and disorders.
AS 215L Anatomy & Physiology (0:0:2)
Laboratory experience covering microscopic cellular anatomy, cadaver dissection and live animal palpation.
AS 220 Feeds & Nutrition (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Math 110 & Chem 105
Study of the principles of animal nutrition and the application of those principles.
AS 240 Intermediate Equitation (1:0:2)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: Basic Equitation
Instructor level skills in horsemanship. Horsemanship skills in trail riding, western riding, barrel racing, pole bending, team penning, and team roping.
AS 245 Packing & Outfitting (2:2:1)
Techniques of horse and mule packing in wilderness areas, including equipment and stock management, route planning, camp set up, cooking and first aid.
AS 247 Timed Events (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $40.00
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Emphasis on team roping, calf roping and breakaway roping. Some other timed events taught. Students must provide a horse.
AS 248 Draft Horses - for Work and Pleasure (2:1:2)
This course is to prepare students to safely hitch and drive a variety of horse drawn vehicles with draft animals for work or recreational purposes.
AS 260 Grazing Management (3:2:2)
Fee:  $20.00
Principles and practices of forage management. The study of animal impact on ecological processes. Plant identification and grazing management strategies that include management intensive grazing, monitoring, rangeland systems.
AS 265 Livestock Fitting and Showing (2:1:2)
Prerequisite: AS 150, AS 165
Designed to provide students with the necessary skills to fit and show cattle. Emphasis will be placed on the clipping of feeder and dairy calves.
AS 298 Occupational Internship (2-4:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
This internship is intended to be a discovery and exploratory level program with direct practical experience on a ranch, farm, dairy, feedlot or ag business. Under the direction of the project manager and Animal Science faculty each student will spend four to eight weeks at an assigned intern station.
AS 315 Applied Animal Health (3:2:0)
Fee:  $10.00
Prerequisite: Suggest AS 215
Provide basic information on animal health and disease prevention.
AS 315L Applied Animal Health Lab (0:0:2)
Hands-on procedures of animal handling and health practices, primarily using cattle. Techniques such as restraint, injections, calving assistance, dehorning, vaccination, etc.
AS 320 Feedlot Management (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: AS 220, Math 110, Chem 105
Covers current cattle feeding issues including feeds, efficiency, breakevens, cattle projections and available software.
AS 330 Artificial Insemination (2:1:2)
Prerequisite: None but recommend AS 215 and/or AS 336
Development of manual skills required for cattle insemination using frozen semen. Subject matter includes principles related to selection criteria for sires, semen storage, estrus detection and synchronization. Class time is combined with practice time using live cattle.
AS 333 Livestock Genetics (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: AS 150
Study of animal breeding principles involved in improving livestock through genetic selection methods. Exploration of genetic theories and mating systems currently used in animal agriculture.
AS 336 Animal Reproduction (3:3:2)
Study of reproduction in cattle, sheep, horses and pigs. Applied laboratory emphasis on cattle. Instruction in basic reproductive anatomy, and the processes involved in prenatal development, puberty, conception and parturition. Application of reproductive principles as used in estrus synchronization, insemination, ultrasonography and embryo transfer.
AS 340 Horse Production (3:3:2)
Production practices in the selection, care and evaluation of horses.
AS 355 Meats/Live Evaluation (3:2:0)
Fee:  $15.00
Live evaluations through processing of beef, hog and lamb carcasses. Slaughter, cutting, curing, smoking and cooking of meat.
AS 355L Meats Lab (0:0:3)
Lab for AS 355.
AS 360 Beef Production (3:3:0)
Study whole systems of Beef Cow Management. The study of resource management, cattle grazing impacts, economics in ranching, managing feed cost, body condition and cow marketing options.
AS 420 Applied Nutrition (3:2:2)
Prerequisite: AS 220 & Chem 101 or 105
Practical application of livestock feeding practices, including feed analysis, management, and ration formulation. Exposure to current technologies and emerging livestock feeding concepts.
AS 425 Grazing Livestock Nutrition and Management (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: AS 420
Principles of livestock nutrition and production applied to the grazing environment and the relationship of livestock and range management for optimal production of both range and livestock.
AS 430 Advanced Reproduction (4:2:4)
Prerequisite: AS 336, and recommend AS 330
Development of skills involved in livestock reproduction technologies such as estrus synchronization, pregnancy detection, ultrasonography and embryo transfer.
AS 440 Horse Training (2:0:2)
Fee:  $40.00
Techniques of training a young horse. School horses are trained by students and sold at a sale in the Spring. Enrollment in Fall and Winter semesters required.
AS 490 Individual Studies (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Independent study, special assignment and/or advanced inquiry in an area of special interest; approved after consultation with instructor in charge. (Upon request)
AS 498 Internship (2-4:0:0)
Prerequisite: AS 298, consent of instructor
This internship program is designed to be a capstone experience where students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual Animal Science setting under the direction of an industry manager and Animal Science faculty. Each student will spend four to eight weeks at an assigned intern station.
AS 499 Senior Seminar (1:1:0)
Designed as a capstone experience for seniors in Animal Science: students will present information on selected topics and propose solutions to current problems. Problem solving skills should include integration of information across disciplines. Guest lectures from industry leaders will be presented.