Animal Science, M.Sc.
Head (Acting): Kim Ominski
Grad Chair: Karmin O
Campus Address/General Office: 201 Animal Science Building
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Staff: Please refer to the Animal Science website for Faculty listing
Animal Science M.Sc. Program Information
The Master of Science thesis-based program consists of a combination of coursework and a research component with focus in behaviour, genetics, nutrition or physiology of farm animals.
Admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies
Application and Admission Procedures are found in the Academic Guide.
Admission requirements for Master’s students are found in the Master’s Degrees General Regulations section of the Guide.
Animal Science M.Sc. Admission Requirements
Applicants normally require a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with a major in Animal Science. Students with other degrees (B.Sc. Honours or General) may be accepted and in these instances students, depending on their academic background, may be required to complete a pre-Master’s program or to register for courses additional to those normally required in the Master’s program.
Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation by the date indicated on the Animal Science M.Sc. program of study page.
Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework plus ANSC 7140 (12 credit hours in total). Of these 12 credit hours, a minimum of 6 credit hours must be at the 7000 level in the major subject. A minimum of 3 credit hours must be taken in an ancillary subject. Students must submit an acceptable thesis and pass a thesis oral examination.
Comprehensive Examination Route
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework plus ANSC 7140 (33 credit hours in total). Of these 33 credit hours, 12-18 credit hours must be in the major subject at the 7000 level, and 6-12 credit hours must be in an ancillary subject. The remaining required credit hours are to be made up of electives determined in consultation with the Advisory Committee. A comprehensive examination is required.
Expected Time to Graduate: 2 years
|Research Integrity Tutorial
|Academic Integrity Tutorial
|Animal Science Seminar
|Major subject 7000 level
|Select an ancillary subject course at the 3000 level or higher
Students should familiarize themselves with the Faculty of Graduate Studies ‘GRAD’ courses applicable to their program. If you have questions about which GRAD course(s) to register in, please consult your home department/unit.
All students in the graduate program must meet with their advisor/advisory committee to determine courses. Courses must be listed on the departmental approval form (available from the Animal Science General Office) and written approval granted from both the advisor and the department head or designate. Registration revisions are to be dealt with and approved in a like manner.
Not all courses are offered each year.
Students must meet the requirements as outlined in both Supplementary Regulation and BFAR documents as approved by Senate.
Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplementary regulations for these specific regulations.
Bona Fide Academic Requirements (BFAR)
Bona Fide Academic Requirements (BFAR) represent the core academic requirements a graduate student must acquire in order to gain, and demonstrate acquisition of, essential knowledge and skills.
All students must successfully complete:
- GRAD 7300 prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
- GRAD 7500 within the first term of registration;
Students must also meet additional BFAR requirements that may be specified for their program.
All students must:
- maintain a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 with no grade below C+,
- meet the minimum and not exceed the maximum course requirements, and
- meet the minimum and not exceed the maximum time requirements (in terms of time in program and lapse or expiration of credit of courses).
Reports and discussions on current problems and investigational work with mammals and poultry. This course is graded pass/fail.
Designed for the development of a framework of theory for the study of the genetics of populations. Changing gene frequency. Genetic and environmental subdivision of the phenotypic variance. Principles of selection.
PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: ANSC 3500 or equivalent.
A lecture-seminar course on sexual function and testicular physiology in males of livestock species; environmental factors influencing reproductive efficiency: recent developments in semen preservation and artificial insemination.
A lecture-seminar on current topics related to female reproduction in the livestock species.
A lecture-seminar course on current topics concerning the control of physiological processes of -importance in domestic animal species.
Ph.D. Candidates are expected to complete a grant application form, review and critique current literature, and present a seminar on current research topics. This course is graded pass/fail.
A study of advanced techniques used in animal breeding research, their theoretical basis, analysis and interpretation. Case studies in the student's area of interest will be examined. Prerequisite ANSC 7220 or its equivalent.
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the fields of protein nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology. Also offered as HNSC 7440 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Equiv To: HNSC 7440
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the field of energy/carbohydrate nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology. Also offered as HNSC 7450 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the field of lipid nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology. Also offered as HNSC 7460 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Equiv To: HNSC 7460
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the field of vitamin nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology. Also offered as HNSC 7470 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Equiv To: HNSC 7470
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the field of mineral nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology Also offered as HNSC 7480 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Equiv To: HNSC 7480
Lectures and critical reviews will be used to discuss recent/significant research advances in the field of phytochemical nutrition and metabolism, pertinent to mammalian physiology. Also offered as HNSC 7490 by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences.
Equiv To: HNSC 7490
The application of experimental techniques and procedures to agricultural and food sciences research. Recording, processing, interpretation, and critical appraisal of experimental data.
Students will be required to investigate and report on a nutrition problem in a species other than that of their thesis research. Projects may be avian, bovine, ovine, swine or laboratory animal species.
Assigned readings, papers and discussions specific problems in animal genetics. Analysis of original data may be required.
Students will investigate a minor research problem in an area of physiology other than that in which the major is being taken. Problems areas may include: digestion, environment, renal function or reproduction.
An advanced study of the theoretical and applied aspects of monogastric and ruminant nutrition. A laboratory component will provide training in current techniques in feed analyses and computer modeling.
Assigned readings, papers and discussions on specific issues in animal behaviour. A short behavioural experiment may be required.
Lectures and computer based laboratory exercises will be used to discuss various aspects of model development focusing on mechanistic (compartmental analysis), growth functions and an introduction to linear programming. Construction of a simulation model may be required. Not to be held with ANSC 4240 Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems.
PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: MATH 1500 or MATH 1520