Department of Animal Science
Department Chair: Ted Gashler
Department Secretary: Vione Migel (208) 496-3170
Department Faculty: Nick BaldwinTed GashlerJim LambMark OrchardKerry Powell

 

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

(Students may also prepare for veterinary school by completing admission pre-requisites.)
 
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. One internship is required.
 
Associate Degree in Beef Production Management. (347)
This two year specialized degree prepares students to apply practical management techniques as ranch managers. Skills in practical veterinary medicine, nutrition, animal reproduction, meat science, farming and the business aspects of cattle ranching are stressed in the courses. This program extends over two academic years, plus one summer term. One internship is required.
 
Internship
Programs in both Animal Science and Beef Production Management provide students on-the-job training in a wide variety of settings through required internships. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better to qualify for an internship. The students are exposed to numerous concepts, techniques and management methods by participating industry operations.
 
Facilities
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, feedlot, horse barn, corrals, meat processing lab, animal laboratory and irrigated fields.

Travel to and from this facility is the responsibility of the student.
 
Career Outlook
The employment opportunities for students graduating in Animal Science are promising. Graduates primarily find jobs as ranch managers, marketing specialists, financial advisors, ranch consultants, feedlot managers, food processors, animal health company representatives, agriculture educators, horse industry workers or government agency workers.
 
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
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
ENG 311, 312, 316
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
MATH 110, 112

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    
COMM 102, 150
CS 100
IS 140
 
AND
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    
AGRON 270
BIO 100, 102, 208, 221, 222

 
Major Requirements
    No double-counting of major courses.
When you sign up for AS 215 and AS 315 you must also sign up for AS 215L and AS 315 L.
Take these Courses    
AGBUS 450
AS 100, 150, 165, 215, 220, 225, 315, 336, 498, 499
 
AND
If you choose AgBus 102 you must sign up for AgBus 102L.
Take 4 Credits    
AGBUS 102
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AGSYS 320
AS 140, 145, 240, 245, 247, 255, 265, 320, 330, 333, 340, 360, 420, 425, 430, 440, 490
 
AND
If you choose AgBus 102 you must sign up for AgBus 102L If you choose AS 355 you must sign up for AS 355L.
Take 10 Credits    
AGBUS 102
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AGSYS 320
AS 255, 265, 320, 325, 330, 333, 340, 355, 360, 420, 425, 430, 435
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
   
When you sign up for AgBus 102 you must sign up for AgBus 102L. When you sign up for AS 215 you must sign up for AS 215L. When you sign up for AS 315 you must sign up for AS 315L.
Take these Courses    
AGBUS 102, 347
AGRON 220, 220L, 330
AGSYS 220, 240, 320
AS 100, 165, 215, 220, 225, 315, 336, 360, 498
 
AND
If you choose AS 355 you must sign up for AS 355L.
Take 4 Credits    
AS 255, 320, 325, 330, 333, 355, 420, 425, 440



Minor in  Animal Science (140)   

When you sign up for AS 315 you must also sign up for AS 315L
Take all of these Courses    
AS 150, 165, 220, 225, 315, 336

AND
If you choose AS 355 you must also sign up for AS 355L.
Take 6 Credits    
AS 140, 145, 215, 240, 245, 247, 255, 265, 320, 325, 330, 333, 340, 355, 360, 420, 430, 440, 490
 
Course Descriptions

AS 100 Animal Science Orientation (0.5:1:0)
An orientation to university life, techniques used by successful students, explanation of animal science department offerings and expectations, as well as career exploration in the evolving world of animal science.
(Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
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.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 165 Live Animal & Carcass Evaluation (2:1:2)
Judging, grading, and methods of selection of market animals and carcasses. This course will provide students with guidelines for evaluation and selection procedures as applied to breeding, feeder and market swine, beef cattle and sheep. Will also provide principles for livestock and meat judging.
(Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 215L Anatomy & Physiology (0:0:2)
Laboratory experience covering microscopic cellular anatomy, cadaver dissection and live animal palpation. Two hours per week studying the systems of the animal body being covered in the lecture portion of the class.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 220 Feeds & Nutrition (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Math 110 & Chem 105
The study of the principles of animal nutrition and the application of those principles as applied to digestion, metabolism and absorption.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 225 Range Ecology I (3:3:0)
Fee:  $20.00
Introductory study of both large and small living organisms and their impact on ecological processes. The course is designed to teach students basic understanding of the four processes making up an ecosystem including; water cycling, mineral cycling, energy flow and biotic state. Students will investigate the unique relationship of large and small living organism impact on these processes in creating a healthy, sustainable ecosystem. Undergraduate will discover the different tools used to enhance these processes.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 240 Intermediate Equitation (1:0:2)
Fee:  $60.00
Prerequisite: AS 140
Instructor level skills in horsemanship. Horsemanship skills in trail riding, western riding, barrel racing, pole bending, team penning and team roping.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
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.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 247 Timed Events (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $40.00
Emphasis on team roping, calf roping and breakaway roping. Some other timed events taught. Students must provide a horse.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 248 Draft Horses - for Work and Pleasure (2:1:2)
Fee:  $40.00
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. The course will prepare students for future employment and personal enjoyment. The students will learn about draft animals, harnesses, hitching horse-drawn vehicles and the principles of driving techniques.
(Winter)
 
AS 255 Meat Preparation and Cooking (2:1:2)
Fee:  $20.00
Basic preparation and cooking skills of meat including beef, lamb, pork and poultry. The course is designed to teach students proper meat preparation techniques including safe handling of raw meats, cooking techniques with both gas and charcoal barbeque, roasting, moist cooking and frying. Students will gain experience in seasoning and preservation techniques including different smoking methods; jerky, salami, bacons and hams. Skills taught; meat safety and sanitation, proper knife handling and sharpening, basic meat processing and meat identification.
(Fall)
 
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.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 265 Livestock Fitting and Showing (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: AS 150, AS 165
Designed to provide students with the necessary skills to fit and show cattle. Emphasis will be placed on fitting techniques for beef and dairy cattle.
(Fall)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
AS 315 Animal Health (4:3:0)
Prerequisite: AS 215
Introduction and categorization of livestock diseases and basic principles of disease prevention programs.
(Fall, Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 320 Feedlot Management (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: AS 220
Designed for students interested in pursuing a career in beef feedlot management or other related agribusiness areas.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 325 Range Ecology II Grazing Management (3:1:1)
Fee:  $20.00
The study of pasture design and grazing management schemes. The course is desigend to teach students how to design pasture grazing systems including open range, irrigated pasture. How to find and develop leasing options, grazing permits, economics of multi-species grazing, electric fencing, water systems, application of tools discussed in Range Ecology I including fire, rest, animal impact, grazing, living organisms and testing.
(Winter)
 
AS 330 Artificial Insemination (2:1:2)
Fee:  $20.00
Prerequisite: 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.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 340 Horse Production (3:3:2)
Production practices in the selection, care and evaluation of horses. Designed to provide students with better understanding of the modern equine industry. Students will learn principles of horse health, breeds of horses, their characteristics, and their uses, as well as equine behavior, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and reproduction.
(Winter, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter)
 
AS 355L Meats Lab (0:0:3)
Lab for AS 355.
(Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Summer)
 
AS 420 Applied Nutrition (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: AS 220
Practical application of livestock feeding practices, including feed analysis, management, and ration formulation. Exposure to current technologies and emerging livestock feeding concepts.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 425 Grazing Nutrition (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: AS 220
A study of the principles of plant and animal interactions as applied to the grazing environment.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 430 Advanced Reproduction (4:3:3)
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. Cattle are the focus species.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 435 Equine Nutrition (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: AS 220
Detailed study of the various factors influencing equine nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, reproduction, lactation and work. Feeding practices, determination of appropriate feedstuffs and economical feeding principles will be applied.
(Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
AS 455 Rangeland Inventory and Analysis and Lab (4:2:3)
Fee:  $20.00
Prerequisite: AS 225
Rangeland ecology and vegetation measurements including condition, trend, utilization, suitability and production.
(Fall)
 
AS 466 Rangeland Vegetation Manipulation and Improvement (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: AS 225
Rangeland habitat improvement by plant community manipulation including; prescribed fire, biological control, herbicide treatments, mechanical treatments and manipulation by herbivory.
(Winter)
 
AS 490 Individual Studies (1-3:0:0)
Independent study, special assignment and/or advanced inquiry in an area of special interest; approved after consultation with instructor in charge. (Upon request)
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
AS 498 Internship (2-6:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
A capstone experience where students have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in animal science related industry.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
AS 499 Senior Seminar (0.5:1:0)
A course designed to enhance student communication and presentation skills prior to entering the work force
(Fall, Winter, Summer)