May 20, 2024  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Science Major, MS


The program requires the student to write a thesis based on original research and complete 24 hours of graduate coursework, plus 6 hours of ANSC 500 . Coursework must include the following:

  • At least 14 hours in courses numbered at or above the 500 level.
  • At least 1 hour of Teaching/Extension experiential learning.
  • At least 3 hours in statistics chosen from courses approved for use in the intercollegiate graduate statistics program.
  • 1 hour of research ethics coursework (preferably in the first year).
  • 3 hours of graduate-level multi-systems physiology coursework (approved by the student’s advisory committee).
  • ANSC 596  each spring term for first- and second-year students.

The remainder of coursework will be selected by the student in consultation with the major professor and advisory committee. A majority of coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee.

The major professor, an animal science faculty member at the rank of assistant professor or above, chairs the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student and major professor select the other members of the advisory committee which should contain at least two other faculty members at the rank of assistant professor or above, one of whom may be outside the Animal Science Department. The student’s advisory committee assists in the planning of course work and may require specific courses in addition to those required by the Animal Science graduate program. The student’s graduate advisory committee also aids in formulating an appropriate research project and assesses achievement of other degree requirements, including the research proposal and thesis defense.

Students are expected to choose their graduate advisory committee in their first semester, present proposed coursework and research plan to the committee before the beginning of the second semester, and present a written research project proposal to the committee no later than the third semester of matriculation.