AGSCI 1000 3 credits Introduction to Animal Science
The organization and structure of the nation's livestock and poultry industries; the variety and nature of animal food products; the biological uniqueness of farm animals; profitable management practices as they apply to commercial animal production.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 1200 2 credits Animal Science Management
The performance and management skills necessary to manage productive livestock enterprises. Students will learn techniques necessary in production agriculture.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: freshman or sophomore standing or consent of instructor
AGSCI 1240 3 credits The Plant-Soil Environment
This class introduces students to the basic principles of plant science as they relate to Crop and Soil Science, and Ornamental Horticulture. Topics include plant identification, classification and structure; the influence of genotypic, environmental and plant-soil interrelationships on vital plant developmental processes; and the impact of cultural practices, pests and diseases on the growth and development of important agronomic and horticultural species.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
AGSCI 1260 3 credits Crop Science
Basic principles of crop production which include classification and identification, morphology, anatomy, physiology, climatology, plant-soil interrelationships, cultural practices, harvesting, cropping systems, and management.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 2000 3 credits Meat and Animal Evaluation
The evaluation of beef, dairy-beef, sheep, and swine market animals for carcass merit; utilizing performance records in the evaluation and selection of breeding animals.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
AGSCI 2020 3 credits Introduction to Dairy Science
Selection, feeding, and care of dairy cattle.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 2030 3 credits Introduction to Food Science
The organization and structure of the nation's food industry. The nature and value of the major food groups, physical and chemical properties of various foods, processing technology, food safety, and quality assurance.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
AGSCI 2050 3 credits Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Problems in evaluating dairy cattle, emphasizing utility as well as show ring requirements. Students will familiarize themselves with alternative evaluation methods.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 2230 4 credits Soils
Origin, nature, and environment for plants; productivity as influenced by soil, cropping system, and management.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
AGSCI 2280 3 credits Woody Landscape Plants
The identification, propagatin, and use of woody ornamental plants important to Midwestern landscapes including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and ground covers.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 2600 3 credits Companion Animal Care and Management
Basic principles and practices of companion animals will be discussed. Application of knowledge and theories to actual case studies will be expected. A service learning project will be required of each student. Topics include defining companion animals, feeding and nutrition, reproductive biology, animal behavior and health.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs:sophomore standing to enroll in this class
AGSCI 3000 4 credits Animal Nutrition
Practical application of nutrition principles to livestock feeding; the characteristics of feeds; practice in formulating rations and studies of their relative economy in the management of herds and flocks.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1000 and either CHEMSTRY 1050 or CHEMSTRY 1140
AGSCI 3010 3 credits Dairy Product Analysis and Processing
The testing of milk and dairy products; elements of the manufacture of various dairy products in relation to quality milk production on the farm.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: CHEMSTRY 1050 or CHEMSTRY 1140
AGSCI 3020 3 credits Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
The anatomy and physiology of farm animals.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1000
AGSCI 3030 3 credits Genetics of Livestock Improvement
Qualitative and quantitative genetics and their application to the breeding and improvement of domestic animals.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: BIOLOGY 1150 or BIOLOGY 1350 or BIOLOGY 1650
AGSCI 3040 3 credits Principles of Meat Science
Structure and composition of skeletal and connective tissue; post mortem changes affecting meat quality and characteristics.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
P: AGSCI 1000, CHEMSTRY 1050 or CHEMSTRY 1140
AGSCI 3070 3 credits Biotechnology in Animal Science
Principles of current methodologies utilized in biotechnology and the specific application to areas of animal science will be presented.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 3120 3 credits Topics in Animal Health
Discusses farm animal diseases specific for this area along with diseases controlled by governmental regulations. Field trips both on farms and at the university farm will demonstrate post mortems, surgery, physical exams, and other problems of farm animals. Reproduction and mastitis in dairy cows will be covered in lectures and field trips.
Components: Lecture
AGSCI 3200 3 credits Pest Identification and Management
The basic principles of weed, insect, and disease pest identification and integrated pest management (IPM) in agricultural and urban environments involving biological, cultural, and chemical control of pests as it relates to production decisions, environmental impacts, and management of pest resistance.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3220 4 credits Plant Development and Biotechnology
Students will use the methods of science as employed through plant cell culture and biotechnology to explore the development of plant tissues and organs in vitro. Topics include plant anatomy and growth regulators, development of axillary and adventitious shoots, direct and indirect somatic embryogenesis, the use of biotechnology for plant improvement, and biometric statistical analysis and data interpretation. Students will be expected to review and critique published scientific articles, conduct statistical analysis of data and write interpretive papers based on results gained from experiments conducted in the laboratory. This is an intensive writing course.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
GE: Natural Science
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3230 3 credits Turfgrass Management
The basic principles and practices involved in the establishment and maintenance of turfgrass species.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3240 2 credits Herbaceous Plants
Identification, use, management and propagation of herbaceous annual, biennial and perennial plant species important in Midwest landscapes will be discussed.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3260 3 credits Seed and Grain Crops
Principles and practices used in the production and evaluation of seed for sale and commercial market grain crops.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240
AGSCI 3270 3 credits Landscape Design
An exploration of the basic principles and practices of landscape design including the art of landscapes, comprehensive site analysis and base map preparation, design principles, understanding and respect for the plant materials in landscapes, graphic skills and preparation of landscape drawings.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2280 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3280 3 credits Landscape Construction
The principles and practices for construction and installation of various landscape features in the urban environment will be introduced. Topics will focus on the identification and application of materials for landscape construction in the urban environment. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate safety practices, construction of structures associated with landscape projects, and pricing and bidding techniques. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor.
AGSCI 3300 3 credits Fruit and Vegetable Production
The basic principles and practices involved in the production and marketing of temperate zone vegetables, tree fruits, and small fruits.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3310 1 credit Soils, Crops and Ornamental Horticulture Seminar
Review of current literature.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3320 3 credits Landscape Management
The theories and practices that support horticultural principles as applied to the management of plants and landscapes in the Midwest will be discussed. Topics include landscape design and grounds management, pruning, irrigation and nutrient management, integrated pest management as well as marketing landscape services, and estimating and preparing job bids. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2280 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3330 3 credits Soil Morphology and Classification
Morphology and classification of soils, interpreting and using soil survey information, describing and mapping soil properties.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2230
AGSCI 3340 3 credits Nutrient Management in Agriculture
Agriculture as it affects and is affected by the quality of our environment.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or AGSCI 2230 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3350 3 credits Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
In-depth exploration of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils in relation to productivity and management. Discussion of the use, composition, and production of soil amendments including lime, fertilizers, and manure. Laboratory techniques for soil testing and interpretations of soil test results.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
P: AGSCI 2230 and CHEMSTRY 1050 or CHEMSTRY 1140 or CHEMSTRY 1450
AGSCI 3360 3 credits Greenhouse Operation and Management
The basic principles and practices involved in the production and marketing of commercial greenhouse flower crops, foliage plants, and bedding plants.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3370 1 - 3 credits Undergraduate Research in Ornamental Horticulture
Students conduct research projects with faculty in Ornamental Horticulture or Plant Biotechnology.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor.
AGSCI 3380 1 - 3 credits Special Problems in Soil Science
Individual study in specialized areas of soils.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2230
AGSCI 3390 1 - 3 credits Special Problems in Crop Science
Crop experimentation or research interpretation in breeding, physiology, crop production, or crop chemicals.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3400 1 - 3 credits Special Topics in Ornamental Horticulture
Discussion of contemporary topics relevant to the field of Ornamental Horticulture.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 3600 3 credits Ration Formulation/Evaluation
Basics of ration formulation and evaluation. Formulation using different methods with major emphasis on computer programs. Evaluation using case studies of herds with nutritional problems.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSC 3000
AGSCI 4030 4 credits Beef Management
Management principles of beef production including selection, feeding, marketing, reproduction, and promotion.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 3000 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4040 4 credits Swine Management
The management principles and practices of the pork industry which include selection, feeding, breeding, reproduction, housing, disease control, and handling are discussed and demonstrated. The student is introduced to the organizational structure, economic realities and production trends current in the industry.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 3000 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4070 4 credits Dairy Cattle Management
Principles and problems involved in dairy cattle management. Emphasis will be placed on actual involvement in making managerial decisions.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2020 and AGSCI 3000 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4080 3 credits Ruminant Nutrition
Anatomy and physiology of the ruminant gastrointestinal tract; the digestion, absorption, metabolism, utilization, and biochemical functions of nutrients as applied to ruminants.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSC 3000
AGSCI 4090 3 credits Monogastric Nutrition
Digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients in monogastrics. Nutrition of protein, energy, fat, minerals, vitamins, and feed additives for swine, horses, and poultry. Practical application and ration balancing for each species studied.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSC 3000
AGSCI 4110 4 credits Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals
This course discusses the anatomy, physiology and basic endocrinology of the reproductive processes in domestic livestock, companion animals, and poultry. Reproductive similarities and differences in humans will also be discussed. Methods available for enhancing or controlling reproductive processes in mammals will be discussed including the use of artificial insemination, estrous synchronization, embryo transfer, and reproductive biotechnology. The effects of environment, nutrition, and disease will also be examined for their influences on reproduction.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: BIOLOGY 1150 or BIOLOGY 1650 or BIOLOGY 1750 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4120 3 credits The Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Social Movements
Students will learn about the past and present actions of the animal rights and animal welfare movements and will be expected to theorize using facts on what the future may hold if each movement continues ahead. Emphasis will be placed on class debates, mature discussions/interactions, fact-finding assignments and a major project researching individuals that have been influential to either movement or how they have impacted the opposing movement.
Components: Discussion, Lecture
Cross Offerings: AGINDUS 4120
Prereqs/Coreqs:junior standing
AGSCI 4130 3 credits Mammalian Endocrinology
The structural and functional classification of hormones, principles of hormone action, and the regulation of body functions by the endocrine system with emphasis on homeostasis.
Components: Lecture
Cross Offerings: BIOLOGY 4130
Prereqs/Coreqs:BIOLOGY 1650 or AGSCI 4110 and CHEMSTRY 1240 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4140 3 credits Meat Processing
This course is an advanced meat science course in which students will be expected to use their basic meat science knowledge and apply it to the production of further-processed, value-added meat products (i.e., sausages, bacon, hams). In addition to advanced meat processing skills, students will be expected to follow and adhere to HACCP and SSOP food safety standards in the production of the various products.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
P: AGSCI 3040 or instructor consent
AGSCI 4150 3 credits Biology of Lactation
Basic anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, and biochemistry of the mammary gland; factors affecting milk yield and composition; diseases and abnormalities of the mammary gland; and principles and mechanics of milking machines.
Components: Lecture
P: BIOLOGY 1150 or BIOLOGY 1650 or BIOLOGY 1750 or consent of instructor.
AGSCI 4170 4 credits Small Ruminant Animal Management
Principles and practices involved in the production and management of goats, sheep, and other relevant farm animals such as llamas, alpacas, and red deer. Topics will include breed selection and genetics, nutrition, reproduction, and animal health including disease and parasite control, hoof care, and overall management of the flock or herd. The laboratory component will include field trips.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 3000 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4190 3 credits Seminar in Animal Science
A portion of this course will build on the students skills in professional development by developing and critiquing resumes, developing cover letters, and polish interviewing techniques. The majority of the course will be devoted to the preparation and presentation of scientific research related to animal science. Writing styles used in Animal Science peer-reviewed journals will be explained including the use of literature reviews in manuscript preparation, proper citation of published works, and reference citations within the manuscript. Students will research current topic relevant to animal production, prepare a literature review, and submit a written report. In addition, a short oral presentation that summarizes the written report will be presented.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior or senior standing and Animal Science major or consent of the instructor
AGSCI 4200 1 - 3 credits Individual Study in Animal Science
Individual study of the literature and research in specialized areas of the animal sciences.
Components: Independent Study
AGSCI 4240 4 credits Plant Breeding
Students will study the methods and principles used for the genetic improvement of important agronomic and horticultural crops. Topics include plant reproduction and pollination; gene recombination, structure and inheritance; use of mutations, fertility-regulating mechanisms, induction of polyploidy and biotechnology in plant improvement; plant selection; breeding of self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and clonally propagated crops; and establishment of field plots, recording data and use of statistics to analyze genetic traits and experimental treatments used to modify plant genomes.
Components: Lecture
P: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or BIOLOGY 3330 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4250 3 credits Weed Science
Identification of weeds; chemical, biological and cultural methods of control; influence on production.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4260 3 credits Interior Plants
This course discusses the basics of interior plant culture including the important foliage and flowering plant species used in interior plantscapes, common propagation and production techniques, plant quality evaluation plus design, installation and maintenance of plants in interior settings.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4270 3 credits Advanced Landscape Design
Landscape design concepts and trends over time will be discussed with an emphasis on significant figures and works. Topics will focus on incorporation of functional and sustainable landscape design within the context of the traditional and modern landscape. Emphasis will be placed on the application, use, and realization of computer aided design software. (Spring, alternate years)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
P: AGSCI 3270 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4320 3 credits Forage Crops
Plants that provide feed for domestic animals, particularly emphasizing the methods of production and management of grass and legume crops and the harvesting and processing of quality hay, pasturage, and silage.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or AGSCI 1000 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4340 3 credits Plant Physiology
Fundamentals of plant physiology including plant cellular constituents and their biosynthesis, photosynthesis, respiration, plant water relations, mineral nutrition, and assimilation of inorganic nutrients, transport processes in plant cells and tissues, physiological effects of plant hormones, and the physiological aspects of vegetative growth and plant reproduction.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 1240 or BIOLOGY 1350 or consent of instructor
AGSCI 4350 3 credits Soil and Water Conservation
The application of physical, chemical, and biological principles to soil and water conservation.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2230
AGSCI 4370 3 credits Soil Physics
Physical properties, moisture relations, and methods of physical analysis of soil with respect to soil structure, soil water, soil air, and soil temperature.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: AGSCI 2230
AGSCI 4600 3 credits Faculty Led Short-Term International Experience in Agriculture
Extended trip and study of various agricultural practices, topics and cultures. Course may include topics related to climate, economics, agribusiness, policy, geography, soils, landscapes, markets, crops, livestock and cultural diversity. Location and duration of travel courses will vary. Expenses will be paid by student. Pre and Post-trip sessions will be arranged. Check with School of Agriculture for current offerings.
Components: Field Studies
Cross Offerings: AGINDUS 4600
GE: International Education