Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

Degrees
  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Meat Science and Muscle Biology
  • Non-Ruminant Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Ruminant Nutrition
Areas of Study
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Non-Ruminant Nutrition
  • Ruminant Nutrition




Animal Science

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Professor Sheila Purdum
  • Graduate Secretary
    Ms. Mary Prai
    mprai2@unl.edu
    402-472-2050
  • Department Address
    C203 Animal Science
    Lincoln NE 68583-0908


Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies


See also: steps to admission.

Required by Animal Science in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals and objectives

Application Deadline

   Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.



Related Programs


Description

The Department of Animal Science offers graduate study emphasizing animal breeding and genetics, meat and poultry products, non-ruminant and ruminant nutrition, and physiology. Analytical laboratories and animal facilities are available for graduate research.

The department's contemporary facilities enhance basic and applied research capabilities for intensive large animal, poultry, and laboratory animal work. An extensive, federally inspected meat laboratory is available for meat and poultry research. In addition, the department maintains facilities 40 minutes away from Lincoln for research in all disciplines of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and swine. Graduate programs conduct collaborative research at four university district research and extension centers and the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.



Courses and More

Students in Animal Science are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.


Faculty and Research

Range Beef Systems; Beef Cow Management
Equitation; Horse Management
Muscle Growth; Nutrient Partitioning; Animal Growth
Ruminant Nutrition: Protein and Energy Nutrition; Animal Management Techniques to Improve Production Efficiency
     Marvel L. Baker Department Head
Mineral Requirements; Immunocompetence of Ruminants Fed Forages
Nonruminant Nutrition; Gastrointestinal Physiology
Food Safety; Meat Quality
Meat Quality and Palatability; Beef Muscle Traits; Consumers and Value
Functional Genomics; Systems Genetics; Physiology
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Reproduction and Gonadal Development and Function
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Environmental-Nutritional Interactions in Feedlots; Grain Processing and Starch Use; Corn Byproduct Utilization; Protein Requirements of Feedlot Cattle; Nutritional Effects on Pathogen Excretion
Ruminant and Non-Ruminant Microbial Ecology; Microbial Meta-Functional Genomics; Host-Microbe Interactions
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Beef Cattle Physiology; Heifer Development
Animal Breeding: Improvement of Beef Cattle through Breeding Methods
Reproductive Endocrinology
Mixed Linear Models; Breeding and Genetics
Ruminant Nutrition: Cow/Calf and Range Management; Grazing Systems; Enhancing Native Range Resources
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Breeding; Reproductive Efficiency; Disease Resistance
     Emeritus
RNA Translation; Meat Quality
Companion Animal Science Nutrition
Dairy Cattle Breeding and Management
     Emeritus
Growing and Finishing Cattle; Protein Nutrition; Beef Production Systems; Waste Management; E. coli 0157:H7; Crop Residues; Byproducts
     Emeritus
Forage Quality; Ruminal Fermentation
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Feedlot Nutrition Management: Yearling Production Systems, Nutrition and Management Effects on Environment
Ruminant nutrition; Beef cattle nutrition and beef cattle production systems
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Implant Systems; Environmental Stress
Meat Processing and Manufacturing
     Emeritus
Ruminant Nutrition
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Swine Nutrition; Liver Metabolism; Nutrient Intake; Growth Criteria
Genetic Variation in Energy Utilization
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Monogastric and Poultry Nutrition
Cattle Reproduction and Management Systems
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Swine Nutrition and Management
Livestock Production, Management, and Evaluation
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Muscle Biology/Physiology
Quantitative Genetics; Molecular Information in Genetic Evaluations; Commercial Ranch Genetic Evaluations
Ruminant Nutrition
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Research and Development
Animal Housing Systems; Odor and Gas Emissions; Heat Stress Abatement
Value-added and Processed Meats Quality; Safety and Nutritional Value; Nitrate/Nitric Oxide Chemistry
Embryology; Endocrinology
Female Reproduction; Ovarian Physiology; Steroidogenesis

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