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Animal Science

AnSc 1101: Introduction to Animal Science

Sponsoring U of M Academic Department: Department of Animal Science (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)

Credits: Four University of Minnesota semester credits

U of M Requirements Met with This Course: This course, like all of the University courses offered through College in the Schools, meets U of M degree credit requirements, such as departmental major or minor requirements or elective requirements.

U of M Catalog Description: Introduction to animal science with emphasis on fundamental concepts of physiology, nutrition, animal breeding and management as they apply to production systems of livestock, poultry, and companion animals.

Student Qualification Requirements: Students enrolling in AnSc 1101 must be juniors or seniors in high school and in the top 50 percent of their class, or have instructor approval, to participate.

Textbooks: Damron, W.S. Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social, and Industry Perspectives, 5th Edition. $100 on Amazon.com in 2011. Textbooks can be used for at least five years. (Available through Prentice Hall. The rep is Liz Stein at 1-800-328-2560, ext.7725.)

Course Packet and Exams: Schools will need to copy these resources for each student from master copies provided by the University. Course packets and exams cannot be reused. (Approximately 200 pages in each packet)

Supplies for Labs: $7 per student, per year

Lab Equipment: Costs might vary greatly but most high school Voc-Ag departments will already have needed equipment on hand.

Materials: Please speak with co-coordinators Tony Seykora or Kyle Rozeboom for more specific information about content and cost of materials (contact information below).

Faculty Co-coordinators: Tony Seykora received his Ph.D. in animal science from North Carolina State University in 1982. Among Dr. Seykora’s many awards are Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame Inductee, Honorary American FFA Degree, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Volunteer Award. He has published research in the field of dairy cattle genetics and works with statewide 4-H dairy projects. Courses that he currently teaches include Introductory Animal Science, Animal and Society, and Animal Breeding. In 2009, Seykora received the CFANS Alumni Society Distinguished Faculty Award. Phone: 612-624-3448; e-mail: seyko001@umn.edu.

Kyle Rozeboom, Department of Animal Science is a lecturer and the livestock judging team coach at the U of M. Courses he currently teaches include Livestock and Carcass Evaluation, Food Animal Products for Consumers, and Sheep Production. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University at Minnesota and his master’s in animal science at the University of Missouri. Kyle has worked as an Instructor and livestock judging team coach at both the University of Georgia and University of Tennessee-Martin. Phone: 612-624-7497; e-mail: rozeboom@umn.edu.

Sample Syllabus

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the texts and readings specified or mandated by the University of Minnesota? If not, what are some of the choices?
Animal science teachers offering U of M courses through College in the Schools use the same textbooks as their counterparts teaching on the U of M campus. Teachers have choices in supplementary materials.

Do teachers have choice in assignments? Are there required assignments?
Teachers are required to cover the material, but they have flexibility in how they cover it. Individual teachers may choose to go into greater depth on some topics. There are required assignments from the text.

Who creates the exams?
Exams for the course are created by University faculty and will be posted on a secure website. Instructors can modify exams but there are some questions that are designated as required.

Is there a training and mentoring system for animal science teachers new to CIS?
Yes. When you begin teaching a U of M course through CIS you will be joining a group of high school teachers who share ideas and materials with each other through e-mail and teacher workshops. New teachers also benefit from an orientation to College in the Schools that will familiarize them with the support available through CIS as well as prepare them for administrative tasks such as registering students and posting grades.

High school class schedules vary; can a teacher in the block system teach animal science?
All courses offered through CIS have the same minimum number of contact hours as the on-campus sections. Teachers adapt the University schedule to fit the schedules at their high schools.

What happens at typical teacher workshops?
Typical activities at CIS workshops include meeting University faculty and hearing about their recent research in the discipline; reviewing and/or developing student assessment tools; sharing instructional materials; discussing particular content, pedagogy, or assessment of the University course; and receiving updates on CIS program policies and practices.

What happens at typical student field days?
Student field days provide an opportunity for CIS students to meet their peers, practice skills they have learned in class, and explore the Twin Cities campus. Animal science student field days are also used to meet certain lab requirements of ANSC 1101.

Are field days required?
Although most courses available through CIS hold on-campus student field days, student and teacher participation is required for only a few. Animal Science field days are required when students must complete labs on campus that cannot be completed in their high schools. 


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