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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Animal Science Major, BS in Animal Science – Five-Year BS/MS Program


For qualified students, the Department of Animal Science offers a Five-Year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a BS major in Animal Science and a thesis-based MS major in Animal Science. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to nine hours of graduate level courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students are typically considered for conditional admission to the program during, or immediately following, their third year of undergraduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Because the MS program requires that a student write a thesis based on original research, efforts related to developing and starting a research-based project in consultation with a graduate advisory committee (that meets MS committee requirements) is required immediately following their third year of undergraduate studies.

To be considered for conditional admission to the program:

  • A student must be a declared Animal Science major with a minimum GPA of 3.4, must have completed at least 15 hours of credit in Animal Science, and must have completed at least 90 hours of the 120 hours of coursework required for the BS degree with a major in Animal Science.
  • A student must provide three letters of recommendation and complete a personal interview with individuals comprising the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees in the Department of Animal Science. 
  • A student must obtain a commitment from an Animal Science graduate research faculty member to serve as his/her graduate mentor-advisor (i.e., major professor) and at least two other graduate research faculty members to serve on his/her graduate advisory committee.

Applicants are required to have completed at least six credit hours from the following Animal Science core courses (i.e., ANSC 320 , ANSC 330 , ANSC 340 , ANSC 380  or their Honors counterparts). The department may consider other relevant factors such as an applicant's work experience and level of maturity before conditionally admitting a student to the BS/MS program. Conditional admission of a student into the Five-Year BS/MS program must be approved by the Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, and the Graduate School. Students will be typically informed of the outcome of their application before the beginning of their fourth year of undergraduate study.

Any graduate course that is to be counted towards both the BS degree and the MS degree must be approved by the student's graduate advisory committee, the departmental Graduate Director, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and by the Graduate School. These courses must be identified in consultation with the graduate advisory committee members. The form "Animal Science Conditional Admission Five-Year BS-MS" is available from the Graduate Director and must be completed, signed by the student, the student's graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Director, and College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources before submitting to the Graduate School for approval and processing."

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Senior Privilege rule imposes a maximum limit of nine hours on the number of graduate-level hours that an undergraduate student may complete before completing an undergraduate degree and being formally admitted to the Graduate School. A student that is conditionally admitted to the BS/MS program, completes nine credit hours of graduate level coursework during the student's undergraduate study, and applies those nine credit hours to satisfy BS degree requirements may also apply the nine credit hours towards MS degree requirements.

Conditional admission into the BS/MS program does not guarantee acceptance into either the Graduate School or the MS program. Students in the BS/MS program must apply for admission to the Graduate School and to the MS program during their fourth year of undergraduate study, following the same procedures that all other student applicants follow. A GRE score must be submitted as part of the application for admission into any graduate program in the Department of Animal Science. Students will be fully admitted to the MS program after they have been accepted both by the Graduate School and by the Animal Science MS program. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate students in the Graduate School.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Animal Science – Animal Science Major – Five-Year BS/MS Program


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
ANSC 100   1 2.0 cumulative GPA
ANSC 160   2 2.0 GPA in ANSC courses above 100
BIOL 101 * or BIOL 150 * or BIOL 158  3-4  
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
5Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 2
BIOL 102 * or BIOL 159 * or BIOL 167  2-4 One General Education elective*
BIOL 160 * or BIOL 168  3  
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4  
ENGL 102  3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives * 3-4  
Term 3
ANSC 280 , ANSC 281   4 ANSC 160  or ANSC 280  or ANSC 281  or Natural Sciences Elective* or Quantitative Reasoning Elective*

ALEC 240 *, ANSC 360 *,  CMST 210 * or CMST 217 *, CMST 240 * or CMST 247 *, or PHIL 244 

3 2.0 GPA in ANSC courses 160 and above
5Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives * 3-4  
Term 4
ANSC 220   3 Two additional General Education electives*
AREC 201 * or ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * or ECON 211  4  
2STEM Electives 8  
Term 5
ANSC 330  or ANSC 338   3 ANSC 160  or ANSC 280  or ANSC 281  
ANSC 380  or ANSC 388   3 BIOL 150 * or BIOL 160 * or BIOL 101 * or BIOL 102 
ANSC 395   1  
2STEM Electives 4  
3Business and Communications Elective 3  
Term 6
ANSC 320  or ANSC 328   3 No milestones
ANSC 340  or ANSC 348   3  
3Business and Communications Elective 2  
2STEM Electives 6  
Term 7
4Capstone Course 3 Apply to graduate
5Arts and Humanities Elective * 3  
2STEM Elective 3  
ANSC 493  or ANSC 499   3  
5Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
Term 8
4Capstone Course 3 No milestones
ANSC 495   1  
5Arts and Humanities Elective * 3  
6Unrestricted Electives 7-10  
TOTAL 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 One Quantitative Reasoning Elective must be MATH 125 *, MATH 141 *, MATH 147 *, or MATH 151 *.
2 Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) Electives. At least 8 hours upper division (300-400 level) courses. Chosen from ANSC 420 ANSC 431 , ANSC 481 , ANSC 482 , ANSC 483 , ANSC 484 , ANSC 485 , ANSC 486 ANSC 489 ; or FDSC 361  (after major requirement and Capstone Course requirement has been met, and a maximum of two Capstone Courses may be taken to satisfy the STEM elective requirement); ANTH 110 *, ANTH 117 *; ASTR 151 *, ASTR 152 *, ASTR 153 *, ASTR 154 *, ASTR 217 *, ASTR 218 *; BAS (any); BCMB (any except BCMB 320 ); BIOL (any after major requirements are met); BME (any); BSE (221 and above); BSET (any); CBE (any); CE (210 and above); CHEM (any after major requirements are met); COSC (any); ECE (any); EEB (any); EF (any); EPP (any); ESS 210 , ESS 334 , ESS 424 , ESS 434 , ESS 442 , ESS 444 ESS 454 , ESS 462 ; FDSC 241 , FDSC 341 , FDSC 361 , FDSC 410 , FDSC 415 FDSC 418 , FDSC 419 , FDSC 421 , FDSC 428 , FDSC 429 , FDSC 445 ; FORS 214 , FORS 215 , FORS 217 , FORS 331 , FORS 333 , FORS 337 , FORS 414 ; FWF 212 , FWF 250 *, FWF 313 , FWF 317 , FWF 320 , FWF 430 GEOG 131 *, GEOG 132 *, GEOG 137 *; GEOL (any); IE (any); KNS 480 ; MATH (any above 110 after Quantitative Reasoning requirements are met); ME (any) MICR (any); MSE (201 and above); NE (any); NUTR 100 *, NUTR 302 , NUTR 311 , NUTR 313 , NUTR 314 ; PHYS (any); PLSC 210 , PLSC 220 , PLSC 250 *, PLSC 330 , PLSC 331 , PLSC 410 *, PLSC 415 , PLSC 421 , PLSC 434 , PLSC 435 , PLSC 438 , PLSC 441 , PLSC 442 , PLSC 450 PLSC 452 , PLSC 457 , PLSC 461 ; PSYC 370 , PSYC 385 *, PSYC 445 , PSYC 450 , PSYC 459 , PSYC 461 ; PUBH 202 , PUBH 420 ; STAT (any); UNHO 287 *, UNHO 288 *; WFS (340 and above).
3 Business and Communications Electives chosen from ACCT 200 , ACCT 207 ADVT 250 ; AGNR 291 , AGNR 292 ALEC 240 *, ALEC 330 , ALEC 410 , ALEC 440 *, ALEC 441 ; ANSC 361 ; AREC 212 , AREC 270 , AREC 313  or above; BULW 301 ; ECON (any course above 201); FDSC 390 ; FINC 300 ; MARK 300 ; MGT 201 , MGT 300 ; PHIL 244 *, and STAT 201 *.
4 Capstone Courses: Select two courses from ANSC 420 , ANSC 481 , ANSC 482 ANSC 483 ANSC 484 ANSC 485 , ANSC 486 , ANSC 489  and FDSC 361 . At least one course must be ANSC 481 , ANSC 482 , ANSC 483 , ANSC 484 , or ANSC 486 .
5 Chosen from the University General Education list . One course must also be designated as writing intensive (WC).
6 Any courses not already required for the major.