Honors in Major

Animal Science Honors-In-Major Requirements

1. Students are required to maintain an overall 3.40 grade point average and a 3.40 in major coursework.

2. Students will complete a total of 16 credits including the Honors Senior Thesis to meet Animal Science B.S. Honors-in Major-requirements.

3. Students must choose 2-3 courses from the following courses (8-12 credits):

  • ANSC 609H Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • ANSC 612H Genetics of Domestic Animals
  • ANSC 620H Equine Diseases
  • ANSC 701H Physiology of Reproduction
  • ANSC 708H Ruminant Nutritional Physiology
  • ANSC 710H Dairy Nutrition
  • ANSC 715H Physiology of Lactation
  • ANSC 724H Reproductive Management and AI
  • ANSC 725H Equine Sports Medicine

Instructors shall retain flexibility in implementing additional assignments that elevate the course's educational content to justify Honors designation, which will likely involve activities such as extra reading or writing assignments, laboratory or field experiences, or classroom presentations. In order to add an honors designation to a course, students must obtain permission from the instructor and complete the Honors Designation Form in the Time and Room Schedule and return the form to the Registrar's Office during the first three weeks of the semester. In order to receive credit for an honors designation, the student must achieve at least a B- grade.

4. At least 4 (but not more than 8) credits of the 16 Honors credits required must be as Honors Thesis (ANSC 799). Thesis work must encompass two consecutive semesters of 1-4 credits each semester, and the student should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week for each hour of course credit. Students will receive a grade for the course. A grade of B or better on the thesis is required for completion of Honors in Major. The student (through their own initiative) must identify a faculty mentor to supervise their thesis work, which will involve investigation of some aspect of Animal Science. Students are urged to visit faculty websites to discover which faculty research interests align with their own. Students should then make an appointment with the faculty member to discuss possible projects and expectations for conducting thesis work with them. It is strongly recommended that the student identify a faculty mentor and begin planning the thesis work by the end of their junior year. A written thesis and public presentation of the thesis work are typically expected for successful completion of this requirement.

5. In order to enroll in ANSC 799, a permission slip must be obtained from the Animal Science Honors Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Boulton DVM, DACVS.