Animal Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2013-2014 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in animal science. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 74.5 Credit Hours.

Required Core Courses

Core 59.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1000 Microcomputer Applications
An introductory course covering the Windows environment, file management, word processing software, the Internet and their application to actual agricultural business situations. Students learn how to use common word processing software tools, computer file management, and the world wide web.
AGRI 1010 Animal Science
Introduction to the livestock industry and its role in food production, breeds and selection, reproduction and breeding systems, inheritance and genetics, shelter and facility requirements, nutrition, parasites and insects, diseases, and other aspects of meat, milk, wool, and poultry production.
AGRI 1020 Introduction to Farm Management Records
Basic course in farm accounts, inventories, production records, machinery costs, and financial records. Includes depreciation, feed check, monthly inventory, and household expense.
AGRI 1030 Introduction to Soil Science
The development, physics, chemistry, biology, and classification of soils with emphasis on the role of soils in the growth of plants.
AGRI 1040 Introduction to Soil Science Lab
Lab for AGRI 1030, including soil samples, texture, soil surveys, nutrient deficiency, lime recommendations, cation exchange capacity, texture triangle, and acre furrow slice.
AGRI 1120 Food-Agriculture-Natural Resources Systems
Exploration of careers in the agribusiness industry. Covers the various products available for agricultural use and the companies manufacturing these products. Includes numerous field trips to agricultural industries and visits with manufacturers' representatives as outside resources.
AGRI 1131 Plant Science
Study and evaluation of cultural practices, varieties, plant growth and development, planting rates, pests, and diseases, fertility and weather influences throughout the growing season.
AGRI 1132 Plant Science Lab
Plant growth and development of Monocot and Dicot plants; basic plant anatomy and growth stages; methods of plant reproduction and seed production; basic plant genetics and plant physiology; identification of uses of crops grown in the Midwest.
AGRI 1230 Feeds and Feeding
Balancing livestock feed rations and determining the correct rations for all types of livestock using nutrient needs, digestive systems, and feed nutrient compositions. Includes use of programmable calculators to analyze livestock rations.
AGRI 1290 International Agriculture and Agribusiness
An overview of agriculture worldwide and its impact on production agriculture in the United States. An examination of production agriculture and agribusiness from a global perspective.
AGRI 1310 Agribusiness Management
This course will provide and introduction to agribusiness and food products marketing in the U.S. This course includes a background on the workings of the U.S. food marketing system and how this system affects farm producers, consumers, and middlemen such as processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food services. Students will gain an understanding of how food products move through a food marketing channel to the final point of consumption and how consumer demand, marketing, and information technology as well as political forces have shaped the agricultural food marketing industry over time.
AGRI 1320 Animal Reproduction Physiology
Study of the management of animal reproduction, breeding, genetics, natural conception, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer.
AGRI 1340 Animal Science Lab
Experience working with all types of livestock at the college farm. Includes branding, castration, vaccination, foot care, and semen collection.
AGRI 1400 Farm and Environmental Safety
Study of agriculture safety including farm and ranch safety, chemical safety, OSHA and Hazardous Occupation Laws, and safe materials handling.
AGRI 2210 Animal Health
Fundamentals of animal and herd health, including beef and dairy cattle, swine sanitation, and animal drugs.
AGRI 2260 Beef Feedlot Production Management
A study of the beef cattle industry including the consumer, retailer, packer, and feeder.
AGRI 2290 Agricultural Commodities Marketing
Marketing plans and charting to develop more detailed knowledge of agricultural marketing.
AGRI 2400 Forage, Pasture and Grassland Production
Economical management and cultural practices used in hay, haylage, silage, pasture and range production. Theories and practices relating to variety selection, seeding rates, fertilization, establishment, weed control and harvesting of forages.
AGRI 2410 Forage, Pasture and Grassland Production Lab
Lab for AGRI 2400, including a hands-on approach to grass and legume morphology. Identification of forage seeds and plants. Adaption, use and special management practices for various forage species.
AGRI 2810 Horsemanship and Horse Care
Basic knowledge of horses and skills necessary to horse training.
AGRI 2820 Equine Production Management
Review and application of horse nutrition, horsemanship, and management.
AGRI 2830 Advanced Animal Nutrition
The study of nutrition of farm animals including selection of feedstuffs, feed preparation and processing, and ration formulation. Nutritional management of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, and poultry will also be covered.
AGRI 2840 Cow Calf Production Management
A study of beef cattle identification, management procedures for Beef AI, and forage management systems. Resource requirements for a cow herd are studied along with beef cow herd management calendars. Grazing management strategies are also dealt with. Basic consideration for cow nutrition are considered.

Required Core Option Courses

Agriculture I 4.5-8 Credit Hours

select a minimum of 4.5 credits from the following
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1300 Cooperative Internship I
Work-study program for in-depth instruction on the job. The college gives both related and vocational instruction before and-or during this period, including seminars directly related to the work experience. These experiences are planned and supervised by the college and employers so that each contributes to the student’s education and employability.
AGRI 2040 Livestock Production I
Study of farrowing house management, cow and calf management, sheep management, exotic animal management, beef feed lab management, marketing livestock systems and job opportunities in livestock management.
AGRI 2050 Livestock Production I Lab
Treatment for pink eye and foot rot, artificial insemination, bull and boar management, castration, pasture management, breeding herd of gilts, and lamb shearing.

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1420 Interpersonal Skills
Designed to help students understand positive interpersonal relationships and their contribution to the process of potentiality development.

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1050 Career Composition
Development of both oral and written communicative skills essential to career areas. Includes business letters, job applications, and analyzing and writing of technical reports.

Mathematics 3 Credit Hours

must meet math requirement for program of study
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1040 Applied Mathematics I
Begins to develop pre-algebra skills for success in occupations that will later require algebra skills, such as agriculture and fire science. The topics include numeration, measurement, ratio and proportion, percent, signed numbers, and an introduction to algebra.

Science or Technology 3 Credit Hours

select from list or any other Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 2000 Integrated Spreadsheet Applications
A course that includes introductory through advanced spreadsheet applications, advanced word processing tools, and integrated software applications for agricultural business situations.

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
AGRI 1410 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Introductory course to help students develop a basic understanding and appreciation for the role of economics in agriculture at the farm, national, and international levels. Students will learn to apply various economic principles and concepts relating to production agriculture, business management, consumer behavior, market price analysis and equilibrium, and policy information.

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