Graduate Animal Science Courses

shutterstock_79439425The online graduate courses offered by the Department of Animal Science are designed for individuals wishing to pursue an understanding of the disciplines of animal science at the graduate level. The courses are open to students who are admitted to NC State University as non-degree seeking (NDS) students, or to degree students who have fulfilled the course prerequisites. These courses provide college-level academic credit which are recorded on an official transcript by North Carolina State University.

Distance Education Master of Animal Science (DEMAS)

Areas of study featured in this non-thesis, 36 credit hour program include nutrition, physiology, genetics, biotechnology and animal management. All of the required courses and many of the electives are available online, allowing students to earn their degrees at their own pace and on their own schedule. Students can emphasize specific disciplinary areas of interest such as nutrition, genetics, and physiology, or concentrate their study on a particular farm species. To learn more about the course requirements for this program, visit the Master of Animal Science Program page.

Online Graduate Course

Below is a list of Animal Science courses offered online. To jump to a course description, click the course in the list below. To view up-to-date listings of courses being offered in the coming semesters, visit the Online and Distance Education course listings or view the DEMAS Graduate Course Schedule. 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 Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about the fee schedule for graduate courses.


ANS 530: Advanced Applied Reproductive Physiology

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 220
  • Description: Current reproductive management techniques for each of the major mammalian livestock species. Enable students to develop reproductive decision making skills. Must hold graduate status.
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ANS 540: Animal Genetic Improvement

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 215 or GN 411 AND ST 311 or ST/BUS 350; OR permission of instructor
  • Description: Modern evaluation and selection procedures for domestic animals; selection goals, estimation of breeding values and performance testing related to their impact on genetic changes. Multiple species including horses, dogs, cats, beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry will be discussed. Students cannot get credit for both ANS 440 and ANS 540.
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ANS 550: Applied Ruminant Nutrition

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 230 or ANS/NTR/PO 415
  • Description: Applied concepts in ruminant nutrition for the practicing agricultural professional. Protein, energy, vitamin and mineral nutrition in relation to the nutritional needs and practical feeding of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, and goats. New developments in feeding systems, feed additives and the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders. Emphasis on solving problems in case studies. Permission given to undergraduates.
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ANS 552: Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 220
  • 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.
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ANS 561: Equine Nutrition

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 230 or ANS 225 or ANS/NTR/PO 415 or PO/NTR 515
  • Description: This course explores concepts in equine nutrition including digestive physiology of horses, nutrient requirements for different classes of horses and feed management. Ration evaluation and balancing, as well as problem solving will be a core component to this course.
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ANS/BCH 571: Regulation of Metabolism

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: BCH 451; GN 311; a course in physiology; cell biology
  • Description: Study of hormonal, enzymatic and molecular-genetic regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; emphasis on mammalian species.
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ANS 575: Current Topics in Genomics and Proteomics

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 215 or GN 411
  • Description: The objective of this course is to provide students with an integrated exposure to the major current concepts in genomics and proteomics. Genomic and proteomic methods will be covered at a level that will allow students to read and comprehend articles dealing with animal genome research.
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ANS 590: Applied Non-Ruminant Nutrition

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 230 or ANS/NTR/PO 415
  • Description: Topics related to the basis for and determination of nutrient requirements in non-ruminant species, including an introduction to the current research literature in non-ruminant nutrition.
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ANS 590: Advanced Canine and Feline Nutrition


ANS 590: Advanced Meat Science

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  • Description: Theories and methods used in meat science in determination of tissue growth; compositional techniques; muscle protein and lipid organization, structure, and function; biochemical conversion of muscle to meat, and its impact on meat quality and palatability in meat animals.

ANS 590: Animal Growth and Development

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 440
  • Description: Introduction to the basic concepts of growth with emphasis on domestic mammals. Growth of the major classes of animal tissues and regulation by endogenous and exogenous factors. Relationship to efficiency of animal production.

ANS 590: Advanced Beef Production

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 402
  • Description:  The course combines principles of farm and ranch land acquisition and management, along with: breeding, nutrition, reproduction, health and disease prevention, life cycle management of the calf crop, as well as marketing alternatives for the producer.  Retained ownership of the calf crop past weaning through the stocker and/or feedlot phase will be discussed and evaluated financially.  New and emerging technologies will also be discussed.
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ANS 590: Evaluation and Use of Breeds of Livestock

  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 215
  • Description: Evaluation of breeds of cattle, sheep and swine with emphasis on breed comparison research and breed history.  Examination of appropriate use of existing breed resources and development of new breeds.

ANS 601: Animal Science Seminar

  • Credit hours: 1
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  • Description: This course is designed to assist graduate students with the preparation of professional information that may be used when seeking opportunities upon completion of graduate school.  Course topics will include preparation of personal statements, resumes or curriculum vitae, investigation of the types of careers available to Animal Science graduates, and preparation of multimedia presentations that may be used in formal interviews.
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