Graduate study in Animal Breeding and Genetics can be pursued in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, theoretical quantitative and statistical genetics, molecular genetics, bioinformatics and functional genomics. Given the diversity of areas of study, there is no single program of coursework specified for students in this field. Faculty from both the Departments of Animal Sciences and Dairy Science are members of the Animal Breeding and Genetics program, and all are listed subsequently. Requirements given below for admission and completion of a graduate degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics pertain to students pursuing a degree in the Department of Animal Sciences.
Master of Science Degree Requirements
1. Candidates must complete 16 credits of graduate course work excluding seminar and research and maintain an average grade of B or better.
2. There are no specified course requirements, but the degree program is determined by the student and by the student's advisor, with the approval of a mentoring committee.
This committee consists of the student's advisor, and a minimum of two other faculty members; the committee should be selected by the student and advisor by the end of the student's first semester of study.
3. Each student must enroll in Animal Breeding seminar (Animal Science/Genetics 951) each semester.
4. All degree candidates must complete a satisfactory thesis.
5. At the completion of the degree program, the candidate will take a final examination administered by the mentoring committee. The examination will be oral, and includes questions relating to the candidate's graduate course program. The candidate will also be expected to defend the thesis.