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.)
 
Bachelor 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 to a variety of industry related courses such as anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, animal health, meat science, grazing, agribusiness 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 in 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

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

In the Biological Science requirement you must take 4 credits. If Bio 100 is chosen you must also take Bio 102. If Bio 221 is chosen you must also take Bio 222.

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 312, 312C, 316, 316C  

II. Mathematics
  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 110, 110H, 112  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       IS 140  

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 270
       BIO 100, 102, 208, 221, 222  

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 105, 105H  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       ECON 111, 111H  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H, 201

    Major Requirements
    No double-counting of major courses.

       Take these Courses
       AGBUS 450
       AS 100, 150, 215, 215L, 220, 225, 315, 315L, 333, 336, 355, 356, 425, 498, 499

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       AS 340, 350, 360

    AND
       Take 2 Credits
       AS 140, 145, 240, 245, 248, 320, 325, 330, 340, 350, 360, 430, 490


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

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take 1 Course   
    REL 121, 121H
     
           OR
              Take 1 Course   
              REL 122, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    Take 3 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 211, 211H, 215, 234, 235, 261, 264, 301, 301H, 302, 302H, 324, 324H, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    BE Requirements

    I. Communication
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H  


    II. Computation
       Take 1 Course
       ACCTG 180
       AGBUS 180
       MATH 101, 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 112, 221


    III. Human Relations
       Take 1 Course
       AGBUS 238
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ANTH 101, 101H
       B 370
       CHILD 210, 210H
       GEOG 120
       HIST 120, 121, 201, 202
       HON 201
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H, 323, 357


    IV. Related Skills
       Take 1 Course
       IS 140  

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses
       AGBUS 180, 347
       AGRON 220, 220L, 330
       AGSYS 220, 240, 320
       AS 100, 215, 215L, 220, 225, 315, 315L, 336, 355, 356, 360, 498

    AND
       Take 2 Credits
       AS 255, 320, 325, 330, 333, 350, 425




    Minor in  Animal Science (140)   

    Take these Courses   
    AS 150, 220, 225, 315, 315L, 336, 355, 356

    AND
    Take 4 Credits   
    AS 140, 145, 215, 215L, 240, 245, 248, 320, 325, 330, 333, 340, 350, 360, 430, 490
     
    Course Descriptions

    AS 100 Animal Science Orientation (1:1:0)
    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:  $100.00
    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:  $100.00
    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, alternate Summer and Winter)
     
    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 (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $20.00
    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 (1:0:2)
    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 as applied to nutrient digestion and metabolism, feedstuff characteristics, and principles for formulating nutritionally balanced diets.
    (Fall, Summer)
     
    AS 225 Range Ecology I (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $10.00
    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:  $100.00
    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)
    Fee:  $100.00
    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:  $100.00
    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 (2:2:4)
    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 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 315 Animal Health (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: AS 215
    Introduction and categorization of livestock diseases and basic principles of disease prevention programs.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    AS 315L Applied Animal Health Lab (1:0:2)
    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 or Winter)
     
    AS 330 Artificial Insemination (2:1:2)
    Fee:  $20.00
    Prerequisite: Recommend AS 215 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.
    (Alternate Fall, Winter and 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.
    (Alternate Fall and 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.
    (Winter, Alternate Fall)
     
    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 350 Small Animal Production (3:3:2)
    Fee:  $20.00
    This course provides a hands-on, in-depth study of how to make money with sheep, goats, swine, chickens, rabbits and other small farm and ranch animals. The goal of this course is for the students to learn how to generate a profit with small farm and exotic animals. This is not a hobby animal class, but one designed to learn how to transform your investment of dollars and time into profitable and rewarding enterprises. We will study sheep, goats, swine, chickens, rabbits and other small farm and ranch animals with a profit motive in everything presented and learned.
    (Fall or Winter)
     
    AS 355 Meats/Live Evaluation (3:3:0)
    Fee:  $15.00
    Live evaluations through processing of beef, hog and lamb carcasses. Slaughter, cutting, curing, smoking and cooking of meat.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    AS 356 Meat Practicum (2:0:4)
    Prerequisite: Taken after or in conjunction with AS 355
    The study of meat science including harvesting, processing, identifying specific cuts, and retailing of beef, lamb and pork. Live and harvested evaluation of beef, hogs and lambs. Course includes meat identification, economic structure of meat industry, supply and demand models, human nutrition, US & Global consumption, production and marketing.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    AS 425 Ruminant Nutrtion (3:3:2)
    Fee:  $10.00
    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)
    Fee:  $20.00
    Development of skills involved in livestock reproduction technologies such as estrus synchronization, pregnancy detection, ultrasonography and embryo transfer. Cattle are the focus species.
    (Alternate Fall and 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 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.
    Work experience in agricultural job setting. Students work under employer supervision, submitting weekly reports as well as a final report. Many of the internships are student-located and may provide financial compensation.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    AS 499 Senior Seminar (1:1:0)
    A course designed to enhance student communication and presentation skills prior to entering the work force.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)