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Program Learning Objectives

  1. ASCI graduates will demonstrate problem solving skills.
  2. ASCI graduates demonstrate a proficiency in working as a leader and as a part of a team to achieve common goals.
  3. ASCI graduates are able to integrate and apply technical and conceptual knowledge.
  4. ASCI graduates exhibit an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as animal scientists.
  5. ASCI graduates can communicate effectively in a professional manner.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
ASCI 101Introduction to the Animal Sciences2
ASCI 112Principles of Animal Science4
ASCI 211Meat Science4
ASCI 220Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding4
ASCI 229Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals4
ASCI 290Animal Production and Management Enterprise 14
ASCI 304Animal Genomics3
ASCI 351Reproductive Physiology4
ASCI 363Undergraduate Seminar2
ASCI 477Senior Project - Research Experience in Animal Science3
or ASCI 478 Senior Project - Advanced Internship Experience in Animal Science
or ASCI 479 Senior Project - Current Topics in Animal Science
Production courses
Select one from each of the three categories:12
Ruminants
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Nonruminants
Systems of Swine Production
Introduction to Poultry Management
Companion Animals
Equine Science
Companion Animal Science
From the Biochemistry/Chemistry, Nutrition, Physiology, Technology/Management and Approved Electives courses, 26-32 units must be upper-division, depending on the number of upper-division units taken in Support courses.
Biochemistry/Chemistry
Select from the following:4-5
Physiological Chemistry of Animals
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Biochemical Principles
Nutrition
Select from the following:3-4
Equine Nutrition
Applied Nonruminant Nutrition
Ruminant Nutrition
Animal Metabolism and Nutrition
Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Physiology
Select from the following:3-5
Equine Reproduction
Equine Exercise Physiology
Veterinary Pharmacology
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction
Systemic Animal Physiology
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Advanced Equine Reproductive Technologies
Lactation Physiology
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology
Technology/Management
Select from the following:6-9
Holistic Management
Applied Holistic Management
Technical Veterinary Skills
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Production Medicine
Equine Biomechanics
Egg Production, Processing and Distribution
Principles of Range Management
Poultry Meat Production and Processing
Poultry Business Management
Veterinary Pharmacology
Rangeland Improvements
Processed Meat Products
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction
Assisted Reproduction Technologies of Gametes and Embryos Laboratory
Applied Animal Behavior Science
HACCP for Meat and Poultry Operations
Immunology and Diseases of Animals
Computer Applications in Animal Science: Spreadsheet Analysis
Advanced Equine Reproductive Technologies
Rangeland Assessment and Planning
Approved electives
Select courses from a career elective area (CEA); see Approved Electives Guide, below28
SUPPORT COURSES
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B4) 24
or BIO 161 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 302Human Genetics4-5
or BIO 303 Survey of Genetics
or BIO 351 Principles of Genetics
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (B3 & B4) 25-4
or CHEM 127 General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I
CHEM 216Organic Chemistry I 35
or CHEM 312 Survey of Organic Chemistry
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 2, 44
or MATH 161 Calculus for the Life Sciences I
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 24
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(see GE program requirements below.)56
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0-9
Total units180

Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives have been categorized by career area to guide students in their selections. Advisor approval of electives is not required, but consultation with an advisor is recommended to ensure that the required number of upper-division units is met. Also, bear in mind that selection may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

Approved Career Elective Areas
Select Career Elective Area (CEA) of choice:28
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Career Elective Area
a) Core (24 units):
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
College Physics I
College Physics II
b) Select 4 units from the following:
Companion Animal Science 6
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Technical Veterinary Skills 6
Equine Biomechanics 6
Physiological Chemistry of Animals 6
Equine Reproduction 6
Internship in Animal Science 5
Equine Exercise Physiology 6
Veterinary Pharmacology 6
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology 6
Animal Metabolism and Nutrition 6
Systemic Animal Physiology 6
Immunology and Diseases of Animals 6
Diversity and History of Life
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 6
Survey of Genetics 6
Principles of Genetics 6
Principles of Physiology
Organic Chemistry III
Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Life Sciences III
Biochemical Principles 6
Metabolism
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology 6
Calculus I (B1) 6
Calculus for the Life Sciences I
Calculus II (B1)
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Microbiology
College Physics III
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics III
General Physics IA
Special Problems for Undergraduates
Biotechnology Career Elective Area
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Internship in Animal Science 5
Veterinary Pharmacology 6
Applied Biotechnology in Animal Science 6
Domestic Livestock Endocrinology 6
Applied Animal Embryology and Assisted Reproduction 6
Assisted Reproduction Technologies of Gametes and Embryos Laboratory
Immunology and Diseases of Animals 6
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 6
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Orientation to Biotechnology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Principles of Genetics 6
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Gene Expression Laboratory
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Organic Chemistry I 6
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Laboratory For Life Sciences II
Molecular Biology
Chemistry of Drugs and Poisons
Protein Techniques Laboratory
Biochemical Pharmacology
Pharmaceutical Development
Microbiology
General Microbiology I
General Microbiology II
Food Animal Production Career Elective Area
Forage Crops
Holistic Management (GE Area F) 6
Principles of Agribusiness Management
Livestock Show Management
Introduction to Beef Production 6
Systems of Swine Production 6
Systems of Small Ruminant Management 6
Introduction to Poultry Management 6
Livestock Evaluation
Preparation of Livestock for Shows and Sales
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management 6
Production Medicine 6
Principles of Range Management 6
Internship in Animal Science 5
Computer Applications in Animal Science: Spreadsheet Analysis 6
Wildlife Management
General Dairy Husbandry
Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology
Environmental Management
Applications in GIS
Elementary Spanish I
Introductory Soil Science
Comparative Animal Biology Studies Career Elective Area
Animal Parasitology
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health Concerns
Internship in Animal Science 5
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function
Wildlife Conservation Biology
Introductory Ecology and Evolution
Wildlife Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Learning
Mammalogy
Ornithology
Herpetology
Parasitology
Equine Science Career Elective Area
Equine Management
Equine Science 6
Equine Evaluation
Equine Behavior and Training
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Equine Biomechanics 6
Advanced Equine Evaluation
Principles of Range Management 6
Equine Reproduction 6
Internship in Animal Science 5
Equine and Human Communication
Equine Behavior Modification
Equine Nutrition 6
Equine Exercise Physiology 6
Advanced Equine Reproductive Technologies 6
Poultry Management Career Elective Area
a) Core (23 units):
Introduction to Poultry Management 6
Egg Production, Processing and Distribution 6
Poultry Meat Production and Processing 6
Poultry Business Management
Applied Nonruminant Nutrition 6
HACCP for Meat and Poultry Operations 6
b) Select 5 units from the following:
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
California Agricultural Law
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Internship in Animal Science 5
Immunology and Diseases of Animals 6
Legal Responsibilities of Business
Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
Principles of Marketing
Corporate Communication
Elements of Food Safety
Food Packaging
Food Quality Assurance
Food Plant Sanitation and Prerequisite Programs
Rangeland Resource Management Career Elective Area
Holistic Management (GE Area F) 6
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management 6
Principles of Range Management 6
Rangeland Improvements
Rangeland Assessment and Planning
Introductory Ecology and Evolution
Plant Physiology
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Watershed Management and Restoration
Conflict Management in Natural Resources
Applied GIS
Environmental Law
Applications in GIS
Introductory Soil Science
Soil Morphology
Meat Science Career Elective Area
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Internship in Animal Science 5
Processed Meat Products 6
HACCP for Meat and Poultry Operations 6
Meat Industry Study Tour
Introduction to Food Science
Elements of Food Safety
Food Plant Sanitation and Prerequisite Programs
Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Agribusiness Career Elective Area
Agricultural Economics
Agribusiness Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
Food and Fiber Marketing
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
Agricultural Policy
Agriculture Economic Analysis
Land Economics
Principles of Agribusiness Management
Animal Production and Management Enterprise 5
Advanced Animal Production and Management Enterprise
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management 6
Principles of Range Management 6
Processed Meat Products 6
HACCP for Meat and Poultry Operations 6
Total units28
1

ASCI 490 may be substituted for ASCI 290.

2

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

3

 CHEM 212 accepted in lieu of CHEM 312, but not for upper division credit.

4

MATH 116 and MATH 117 substitute.

5

A maximum of 6 units of CR/NC courses may be counted toward approved electives.

6

If any of these courses is taken to meet a major/support requirement, it cannot be double-counted as an approved elective.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units56
1

Required in Support; also satisfies GE