The Crookston campus (UMC) is known for its hands-on approach to teaching and learning, and its Animal Science Minor allows students to work with actual farm animals while they learn the essential principles of livestock (meat) and dairy production. Additional opportunities include experiencing a robotic milking system and learning how to manage farm records in a real farm setting. Students earning this minor may prepare for careers in areas such as ranching, herd management, dairy operations, or other allied industry positions. It is also ideal for pre-vet majors who are looking for hands-on large-animal experience. System students may take the necessary prerequisites and complete the Animal Science Minor at UMC, or simply take this study away opportunity to get the applied learning experience UMC offers.

Agriculture and Natural Resources: Animal Science Minor

Required credits in this minor: 24 to 26 credits This program is available via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face).

Sample of Courses for the Minor

ANSC 1101: Animal Evaluation (1 cr)

Conformation, breed characteristics, type, and their importance in evaluation. Techniques of evaluation and interpretation of evaluation data.

ANSC 2104: Feeds and Feeding (4 cr)

Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods.

ANSC 3203: Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr)

Anatomy/physiology of several species. Organization of body from cells into tissues/organs. Identification, comparison, and contrast of different species. Growth development/function of selected bodily systems.

ANSC 3304: Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4 cr)

Functions of reproductive organs, fertilization, the estrous cycle and its endocrine control, reproductive efficiency and problems, principles of artificial insemination. Anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the mammary gland; mammary growth; initiation of and maintenance of lactation. Milk synthesis and factors influencing the lactation curve.

ANSC 3503: Animal Health and Disease (3 cr)

Concepts of health and disease with emphasis on prevention through health plans and enhancing immunity. Influence of environment and other stressors on health and disease.

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ANSC 1205: Beef and Dairy Production Techniques (2 cr)

Skills necessary for successful/economical beef and dairy production.

ANSC 1206: Sheep and Swine Production Techniques (2 cr)

Skills necessary for successful/economical sheep/swine production.

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ANSC 3004: Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3 cr)

Effects of environment on animal production. Principles of environmental control. Planning open, partial, and total environmentally controlled systems for livestock. Functional, economic, and environmental considerations. Feed handling systems, waste management alternatives.

ANSC 3023: Animal Breeding (3 cr)

Application of qualitative genetic principles to animal breeding. Quantitative genetics. Livestock improvements through breeding/selection systems.

ANSC 3104: Applied Animal Nutrition (4 cr)

Continuation of digestion/metabolism to include modifications/control. Application of nutritional principles to economical feeding of different farm animal species. Nutrient requirements/modifications due to weather, stress, feeding objectives, environment, and metabolic limitations. Computer formulation of rations.

ASM 3005: Facilities Planning and Selection (3 cr)

Planning facility design. Selecting materials/equipment used in manufacturing and production operations.

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ANSC 3204: Dairy Production (4 cr)

Growth/development of dairy cattle. Genetics/breeding, dairy nutrition, growth/development of heifer to first calving. Getting cows into production and their subsequent management, including milking management skills.

ANSC 3303: Beef Production (3 cr)

Application of technology and information to systems of managing beef operations. Incorporation of economics, farm management, records, and production science in management plans. Computer applications in management.