Undergraduate Animal Science Courses

SONY DSCThe Department of Animal Science offers a number of online courses that feature the study of companion and farm animals as well as other disciplinary areas of animal science such as nutrition, physiology, genetics and biotechnology. These courses provide college-level academic credit which are recorded on an official transcript by North Carolina State University. Students can take these courses individually, as part of an online certificate or degree program, or in partial fulfillment of an on-campus degree program.

Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Nutrition

The Undergraduate Certificate in Animal Nutrition provides students the opportunity to gain recognition for learning the basics of animal nutrition at the undergraduate level. Students who successfully complete the required courses will learn about livestock, horse, and companion animal nutrition. The foundation provided by the Certificate program increases students’ eligibility for careers with an animal nutrition component, such as feed sales and manufacturing, animal management, pet store operations, and more.

The following courses can be taken as part of the Certificate program. For more information on eligibility, cost, or course requirements, please visit the Certificate program page.

  • Your choice (one) of the following options (3 credit hours):
    • ANS 105 – Introduction to Companion Animals
    • ANS 110 – Introduction to Equine Science
    • ANS 150 – Introduction to Animal Science
  • Your choice (one) of the following options (3 credit hours):
    • ANS 225 – Principles of Animal Nutrition
    • ANS 230 – Nutrition of Domestic Animals
  • Your choice (one) of the following options (3 credit hours):
  • ANS/NTR/PO 415 – Comparative Nutrition (3 credit hours)

Online Undergraduate Courses

Below is a list of courses offered online. To view up-to-date listings of courses being offered in the coming semesters, visit the Online and Distance Education course listings. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and may be cancelled due to low student enrollment. Not all courses listed in the NC State University Catalog can be offered online.

Visit NC State’s Undergraduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about the fee schedule for undergraduate courses.

 

 

ANS 105: Introduction to Companion Animal Science

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: Freshman or Sophomore standing
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: Introduction to animals that people keep as companions. Variation, behavior, anatomy, physiology, disease, and training of animals as diverse as fish, snakes, mice, rats, birds, cats, and dogs. Special relationships between humans and companion animals in a societal context.

 


 

ANS 110: Introduction to Equine Science

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: Freshman or Sophomore standing
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: History, management, and use of horses and their profound impact on society. Selection, care, and enjoyment of horses with emphasis on genetics, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, and health.Students enrolled in ANS 110 get free access to the Trot to Trophy app, a mobile educational game where users care, train, and provide for a virtual horse.


 

ANS 110: Introduction to Animal Science

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: Fundamental principles of animal management; contributions of animals and animal products to humanity; application of science to animal production; issues regarding animal production.

 


 

ANS 225: Principles of Animal Nutrition

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Semesters offered: Summer
    • Description: This online Principles of Animal Nutrition course is designed for non-Animal Science majors and off-campus students. It includes: feed classification, gastrointestinal tract anatomy of domestic mammals, nutrients and their functions, digestion and metabolism, feed regulations, and feeding/nutrition of cattle, small ruminants, horses, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, and rabbits. For on-campus students, ANS 225 counts toward the Animal Science minor but only counts as a Free Elective for Animal Science majors.

 


 

ANS 230: Nutrition of Domestic Animals

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: ANS 150 or BIO 183; ANS 205 is also recommended
    • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
    • Description: Introduction to nutrition, digestion, and absorption in domestic mammals. Major nutrient classes and their functions in the body, feed classification and chemical analysis, feed processing, and nutrient requirements.

 


 

ANS 231: Animal Nutrition Lab

    • Credit hours: 1
    • Corequisites: ANS 230
    • Semesters offered: Fall and Spring
    • Description: ANS 231 is a laboratory course that introduces students to the application of principles of nutrition and applied feeding of domestic mammals. Students must have either completed or concurrently be enrolled in ANS 230. This course is restricted to Animal Science Majors [SAS, IAS].

 


 

ANS/FS 324: Milk and Dairy Products

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: BIO 181 or 183, CH 101
    • Semesters offered: Fall
    • Description: Introduction to the manufacture of dairy products. Dairy processing procedures from the farm, through the dairy plant, and to the consumer are studied. The course consists of 15 learning modules, three exams, and a project.

 


 

ANS/NTR/PO 415: Comparative Nutrition

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: ANS 225 or ANS 230 or CH 220 or CH 223 or CH 227
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: Principles of nutrition, including the classification of nutrients and the nutrient requirements of and metabolism by different species for health, growth, maintenance and productive functions.

 


 

ANS/PO/FM 425: Feed Mill Management and Feed Formulation

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: ANS/NTR/PO 415 or ANS 230 or ANS 225
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: Feed mill management, feed ingredient purchasing, inventory, storage, and quality evaluation, computerized feed formulation, feeding programs for poultry and swine, feed mill design, equipment, maintenance, operation, safety, state and federal regulations pertaining to feed manufacture.

 


 

ANS 452: Comparative Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: ANS 415 or ANS 230 or ANS 225
    • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Description: Comparative approach to examining aspects of reproductive physiology in selected vertebrate species. Detailed examination of current reproductive biotechnologies and ethical issues associated with the application of reproductive biotechnologies. Credit will not be given for both ANS 452 and ANS [PHY] 552.

 


 

ANS 454: Lactation, Milk & Nutrition

    • Credit hours: 3
    • Prerequisites: ANS 230 or FS/NTR 400, BCH 451 or ZO 421
    • Semesters offered: Spring of alternate even years
    • Description: Nutritional properties of milk as a high-quality food with nutritional diversity. Principles of physiology, biochemistry and cell biology in the mammary gland. Procedures of milk production and milk collection for milk quality and nutrition. Human lactation vs. that of domestic animals. Impacts of biotechnology and food safety on dairy production. Credit will not be given for both ANS 454 and 554.

 

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