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Department of Agriculture
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Graduate Course Descriptions

* Animal Science 5248 Reproductive Techniques. Techniques for increasing reproductive efficiency in farm animals; semen collection and evaluation, pregnancy diagnosis, and artificial insemination. Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4248 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Agricultural Economics 5331 Farm and Ranch Management. Principles of farm and ranch organization and management. Development of a business plan to include executive summary of business, resource inventory, SWOT analysis, legal and liability assessment, goals, production plans, financial analysis and
marketing plans. Course meets concurrently with AGEC 4331 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.
* Agricultural Economics 5332 Financial Management of an Agribusiness .
Study of major decisions made by agricultural firms. Analysis of investment in inventory, cash flows, receivables and repayment capacity. Review of capital markets. Course meets concurrently with AGEC 4332 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Range and Wildlife Management 5333 Range Wildlife Management. Introduction to the ecology and management of wildlife populations, integration of other resource demands with that of wildlife.  Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4333 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite:  Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Agricultural Economics 5342 Agribusiness Statistics. Statistical methods with application in agribusiness and resource management. Course meets concurrently with Agricultural Economics 4342 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Animal Science 5342 Sheep and Goat Science. Methods of breeding, feeding, management, and marketing of commercial and purebred sheep and goats; production and marketing of animal fibers. Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4342 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Animal Science 5343 Beef Cattle Science. Methods of breeding, feeding, management, and marketing of commercial and purebred beef cattle.  Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4343 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Animal Science 3342, 3443, 4344.  Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

Food Science 5344 Food Safety and Sanitation. Principles of sanitation in food processing and food service. A study of the physical, chemical and microbiological importance of food spoilage, food preservation and the methods for control of microbiological growth. The national food service exam will be given at the end of the course. Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Animal Science 5345 Animal Behavior and Welfare. Basic principles of animal behavior, physiology of behavior, stress, welfare and training of animals. Applications of behavior of livestock to their management and welfare.  Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4345 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite:  Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Food Science 5345 Food Microbiology. The study of microorganisms important in food production, spoilage, preservation, and illness. Nutrient needs, growth characteristics, beneficial products, testing methods, and illnesses caused by microorganisms will be investigated. Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4345 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite:  Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Food Science 5446 Meats. Introduction and survey of the meat industry; live animal carcass comparisons; harvest techniques, processing, storage, preservation, food safety and identification of meats. Course meets concurrently with ASCI 4446 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite:  Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Food Science 5447 Processed Meats. Introduction and survey of the processed meats industry; principles of meat processing; portion control, restructured meat technology, curing reactions and sausage processing, including the physical, sensory and biochemical properties of processed meat. Emphasis is placed on students’ knowledge of basic meat processing techniques. Course meets concurrently with Food Science 4447, but requires additional readings, papers, discussions and/or presentations for graduate students.Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Food Science 5350 – Issues in Meat and Food Science (3-0). Lecture, discussion and seminar on current technological, societal, economical and environmental issues facing the meat and food science industries.  Emphasis on issues that will continue to impact food production and service management practices including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and other government regulations. Course meets concurrently with FSCI 4350, but requires additional readings, papers, discussions and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

* Agricultural Economics 5351 Land and Natural Resource Economics. Economic analysis of resource issues, policies and management. Issues may include: land fragmentation, mineral extraction issues, conservation easement and development rights, urbanization, renewable resources, carbon sequestration,
property rights and water rights. Course meets concurrently with AGEC 4351 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students.
Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.

Animal Science 6181 Seminar. A survey of the literature and current research in various fields of animal science, range management, and wildlife management. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

Animal Science 6191, 6391 Research. Individual research problems. (May be repeated for a total of 6 semester credit hours.)

Animal Science 6321 Research Methods. Procedures used in agricultural research including experimental design, data collection, preparation, and analysis of results.

Animal Science 6335 Issues in Animal Agriculture. Lecture, discussion and seminar on current societal, economical and environmental issues facing animal agriculture.  Emphasis on issues that will continue to impact animal agriculture production and management practices.

Animal Science 6339 Advanced Reproductive Physiology. Physiological mechanisms of reproductive processes in livestock and research methodology.
Prerequisite: ASCI 4344 or equivalent.

Animal Science 6340 Advanced Sheep and Angora Goat Production. The application of current research to sheep and Angora goat production, nutrition, reproduction, and production systems.

Animal Science 6341 Advanced Animal Nutrition. A study of nutrient requirements of various physiological functions and levels of animal performance; feed standards, comparative feeding studies, determination of digestibility and nutritional balances. Practical application of the above to energy systems for predicting animal performance and defining energy-nutrient relationships.

Animal Science 6342 Ruminant Nutrition. Current fundamental concepts in the physiology of digestion and metabolism in ruminants and their relationships to nutritional research and practice.

Animal Science 6344 Physiology of Farm Animals. Current fundamental concepts of the biomedical, physiological, and endocrinological mechanisms affecting reproduction, metabolism, and growth of farm animals.

Animal Science 6345 Advanced Beef Cattle Production. The application of current research to beef cattle production, nutrition, reproduction and production systems.

Animal Science 6346 Advanced Meat Science. A study of meat components, their development, and their effect on meat characteristics and processing properties. Prerequisite: Food Science 4446.

Animal Science 6381 Special Topics. Selected topics in advanced animal science, range management, or wildlife management. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

Animal Science 6399 Thesis.

Animal Science 6699 Thesis.

Food Science 6329 Advanced Food Science. A study of the chemical and physical properties of food components and their modifications by processing techniques.

Range and Wildlife Management 6338 Range Animal Nutrition. Application of principles of animal nutrition and production to a range ecosystem. Study of plant/animal/environmental interactions as related to nutritive value of forages and nutrient intake requirements of range herbivores.

Range and Wildlife Management 6339 Grazing Management. Provides a synthesis of literature addressing the fundamental ecological concepts and managerial principles pertaining to management of grazing animals.

6340 Ranch and Livestock Management. Investigation of current management, economic, and environmental considerations of range and livestock management of the ranching industry in Texas.

 
* A maximum of 6 semester credit hours of 5000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit by graduate students, with the permission of Graduate Advisor and Graduate Dean.