Program Overview

Undergrad Program Overview

ANSC Curricular Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in the B.S. in Animal & Avian Science degree is designed around seven course learning objectives. We use these learning objectives to build our courses sequentially so that graduates in our program are well-rounded in the discipline and ready to start careers or further education working with animals.

Careers & Opportunities in ANSC

Graduates of the ANSC undergraduate program will be able to describe many career paths available to them with the knowledge, skills, and experience they receive as undergraduates in the ANSC program. Graduates will be able to devise plans for courses, experiential learning, networking, and skill development leading to starting careers or entering advanced education programs that match their abilities, experience, and interests.

Animal Structure & Function

Graduates of the ANSC undergraduate program will be able to correctly label the basic anatomy of a domestic animal and discuss its role in the animal's normal physiology.

Safely Handle Animals

Graduates of the ANSC undergraduate program will be able to safely approach, restrain, and move horses, sheep, dairy cows, pigs, chickens and other species specific to their curricula.

Animal Husbandry Requirement

Graduates of the ANSC undergraduate program will be able to apply animal science knowledge and research to the creation of rational, feasible, and legal animal management programs that take into consideration appropriate nutrition, husbandry, health, reproduction, and welfare considerations.

Animal Science Literacy

Graduates of the ANSC undergraduate program will be able to select, understand, and critically evaluate scientific studies in animal sciences disciplines such that they employ research that is applicable, timely, accurate, and useful for their animal care and management needs.

Knowledge of Major Issues in ANSC

Graduates of the animal sciences program will be well-versed in the issues related to animal agriculture such that they contribute to societal debates around the future of farming, the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, sustainability of our animal farms, animal welfare, farm worker needs, and scaling agricultural enterprises up and down to meet our growing population’s protein needs.


Graduates of the ANSC program will be able to communicate effectively with the public, producers, and the scientific community through oral, written, and visual means in person, in print, and on-line.

Courses Summary

Our curriculum is comprised of 4 sets of courses:

Core ANSC Courses

All ANSC majors take a core set of courses designed to provide them with the fundamental science background they will need. These courses include:

  • ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal sciences

  • ANSC 204/205 - Anatomy and lab

  • ANSC 212/212 - Physiology and lab

  • ANSC 314 - Animal Nutrition and ANSC 315 - Applied Animal nutrition

Animal Management Courses

In these 200-level courses, students learn more about the care and management of a specific species or related set of species.

Lower Division Electives

In these 100- and 200-level courses, students can learn material related to their first two years of the curriculum.

Advanced Animal Science Electives

In these 300- and 400-level courses, students get an in-depth consideration of topics important to animal science research and practice.

Teaching Facilities

Lecture Hall - ANSC 0408

On the ground floor of the ANSC building in the main concourse area is the “large” lecture hall which seats 88 students comfortably. Several of our larger format courses are taught here.

Anatomy/Physiology Lab - ANSC 0108

Completed in 2012, this space is the key instructional facility for the lab sections of ANSC 211/212 - Anatomy of Domestic Animals, ANSC 214 - Physiology of domestic animals, ANSC 446/447 - Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction, and ANSC497- Animal Biotechnology Recombinant DNA Laboratory. The room features media equipment to connect a microscope or dissecting scope so that students can follow along with instructor demonstrations.

Teaching Lab Room - ANSC 1144

This space features four long science work benches with rolling chairs and a teaching and demonstration area in the front of the room. There is a desktop computer with a projection system. The lab holds between 20-30 students depending on seating. It is used by several courses in the department for a variety of uses.

Aquaculture Teaching Lab - ANSC 0104

With renovations completed in 2011, this teaching facility in the basement of the ANSC building houses a recirculating aquaculture system and tank field that allows up to 20 students to participate in our hands-on, Scholarship in Practice course: Introduction to Aquaculture (ANSC 255).

The Campus Farm

The Campus Farm was described in our most recent external review as a “jewel” to the ANSC undergraduate program’s activities. The farm is a core facility for ANSC as it is used in teaching many of our courses. The complex includes three barns separately used for horses, sheep, and others; a riding area; a machine shed; an office building; and a small poultry house.

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Teaching Faculty

ANSC graduate caps The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences at the University of Maryland is home to world-class tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and affiliated faculty.


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ANSC Undergraduate Faculty:

Debrabata Biswas

Amy Burk

Iqbal Hamza


Carol Keefer
Endocrinology, Reproduction


Rick Kohn

Li Ma

Megan McLean
Livestock Production

Bob Peters
Livestock, Dairy

Tom Porter

Mohamed Salem

Nishanth Sunny

Lisa Taneyhill
Reproduction, Endocrinology

Shawna Weimer
Poultry, Animal Welfare

Zhengguo Xiao
Reproduction, Epidemiology

ANSC Undergraduate Lecturers:

Charlie Apter
Equine, Livestock

Angela Black
DVM, Anatomy, Lab Animal Management

Sarah Balcom
DVM, Small Animal, Animal Welfare

Cindy Driscoll

Chris Hakenkamp

Monica VanKlompenberg
Physiology, Lactation, Internships