Combining a minor with your major will enrich your degree and help open opportunities for you in the job market. The Animal Science online minor allows students at UNL as well as at other institutions to obtain an education in a beneficial area of study for several high demand careers, such as veterinary medicine, farming and agriculture, fisheries and wildlife, food safety and other animal related jobs. Due to the breadth of courses available online, students can develop a minor focused on a specific species (livestock science, companion animal science, meat science, and equine science).
This online minor provides an option for students pursuing the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science or who are currently enrolled in such programs as Agribusiness, Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Lisa Karr is known for the remarkable pace with which she established an excellent companion animal teaching and extension program. Karr developed a comprehensive and science- based set of courses for undergraduates, provided a student organization for students interested in companion animals and identified companion animal career information. Her students range from middle school to adult learners. She is dedicated to quality teaching along with being energetic and innovative. A key aspect of Karr's companion animal education program is the breadth of her target audience and her unique ability to use the latest technology to reach all of the segments of her audience.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
This is a 12-18 credit hour program. Animal Science course at 100-level - 3-4 credit hours required, Animal Management 200-level courses - 2-3 credit hours required, Additional 200-level courses - 3 credit hours required and Animal Science courses at 300/400 level - 4-6 credit hours required
|Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry||3|
Course Number: ASCI 100
Overview of the industries in animal science; fundamentals of animal biology related to their application in those industries; and trends and current issues related to production and consumption of animal products important for human welfare.
|Introductory Companion Animal Biology||3|
Course Number: ASCI 151
Domestication, anatomy, care, nutrition, reproduction and welfare of dogs, cats, rabbits, and other companion animals.
Course Number: ASCI 210
Knowledge of edible animal products with particular emphasis to meat products from livestock and poultry. Includes all aspects of the meat industry from slaughter to consumption. Methods of slaughter and fabrication, conversion of muscle to meat, processing techniques, preservation and storage, and consumer related topics discussed and demonstrated. Prerequisites: ASCI 100
|Meats Specifications & Procurement||3|
Course Number: ASCI 213
Selecting and purchasing meat for the hotel, restaurant, institutional industry, and the retail markets.
|Basic Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals||4|
Course Number: ASCI 240
Fundamentals of the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals.
|Basic Swine Science||2|
Course Number: ASCI 254
Basic disciplines and concepts involved in swine production including: industry structure, trends and statistics; production phases and building; genetic improvement; reproduction; nutrition; health and bio-security; nutrient management; marketing and meat quality; and career opportunities in the swine industry. This course is taught by Iowa State University as part of the GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA course offerings, Registration with permission from your adviser and CASNR Online Education Office.
|Meats Specifications & Procurement||3|
Course Number: ASCI 271
Companion animal behavior. Application of behavior principles to describe normal and problem behaviors of common companion animals.
Course Number: ASCI 310
Fresh meat from beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Characteristics of muscle, meat technology, preservation, merchandising concepts, and markets.
|Companion Animal Nutrition||3|
Course Number: ASCI 321
Digestive anatomy and physiology of companion animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotic species. Unique nutrient requirements, pet food formulation, and regulations.
Course Number: ASCI 322
Equine nutrition including digestive anatomy and physiology. Nutritional requirements of horses as related to growth, reproduction, and performance. The relationship of nutrition to disease and environment. Management practices and application of current equine nutritional research.
Course Number: ASCI 342
Anatomy and physiology of stallion and mare reproductive systems. Estrous detection systems, artificial and natural breeding techniques, infertility, semen collection and processing, reproductive management, and record keeping.
|Swine Breeding & Gestation||1|
Course Number: ASCI 354A
Concepts related to: reproductive physiology and endocrinology of boars and sows; genetic selection programs; development programs for future replacement gilts and boars; semen collection, evaluation, and preparation; detection of estrus and artificial insemination; pregnancy diagnosis; feeding and house programs for gestating sows; environmental management; records; diseases; and development of quality assurance programs for identifying and solving reproductive problems. This course is taught by North Carolina State University and is part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA courses offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education.
|Swine Farrowing Management||1|
Course Number: ASCI 354B
Advanced integration and application of reproductive management concepts during farrowing and lactation. Identification of production trends; formulation of strategies to improve productivity; and parturition and neonatal management. This course is taught by the University of Missouri and is part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA course offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education Office.
|Swine Nursery Management||1|
Course Number: ASCI 354D
Overview of the critical management, housing, and financial considerations relevant to the successful operation of a swine nursery, grow-finish, or wean to finish enterprise, including: nutrient requirements; building and facility management; and marketing. This course is taught by Penn State as part of the GPIDEA/Ag*IDEA course offerings. Registration with permission from your advisor and CASNR Online Education Office.
|Employee Management for Swine Industry||1|
Course Number: ASCI 354E
|Swine Environment Management||1|
Course Number: ASCI 354F
Response of swine to thermal environment, ventilation system design and analysis, heating and cooling systems and examples of various designs for all phases of production. Trouble shooting ventilation systems and energy analysis of production units. This course is taught by Iowa State University as part of the GPIDEA/AgIDEA consortium. Registration with permission from your adviser and CASNR Online Education Office.
Course Number: ASCI 370
In-depth exploration of the issues involved in animal use. The historical, biological, ethical, and social aspects of human/animal interactions in Western culture. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission.
Course Number: ASCI 410
Modern meat processing industry and its use of science and technology. The fabrication, processing, preservation, sanitation, food safety, ethnic involvement, and utilization of manufactured and processed meat. Actual laboratory preparation of processed meats and by-products of the meat packing industry. 3 cr II classroom. 3 cr I, II, III web. Prerequisites: ASCI 210 or equivalent. Junior standing or permission.
|Advanced Feeding & Feed Formulation||3|
Course Number: ASCI 422
Feeding practices for domestic animals. Applied animal nutrition and feed formulation. Prerequisites: ASCI 320 or equivalent.
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The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.