The Department of Animal Science offers programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Animal Science or Food Science.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree may also be obtained in Animal Science or Food Science.
Additionally, a Master of Agriculture (M.Ag.) degree in Animal Science is offered which is not a research oriented degree. The M.Ag. degree is considered a “terminal” degree, designed for students who want to advance in agricultural careers that do not usually
offer advantages or incentives for acquiring a doctorate.
The Plan of Study for each degree program is determined by the student and his/her advisory committee. In the M.S. degree programs, students are expected to take courses in areas that support their discipline or interest, that are above and beyond the courses normally required for a B.S. degree in that major or closely related major. For the Ph.D. degree, students take courses related to their major that are beyond those for the M.S. degree. The emphasis is usually on research at the Ph.D. level.
The Department of Animal Science owns large herds of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and swine, and large flocks of poultry. In addition to the livestock facilities, the Department has a modern facility for processing meat and milk products. The Animal Science building and the Noble Research Center contain well-equipped laboratories devoted to research efforts of the faculty and graduate students.
The GRE is required (please use school code: 6546, dept code: 0105). No other entrance examination other than the TOEFL for foreign students is required for admission to any of the departmental graduate programs.
Faculty List And Their Research Activities
Scott Carter, Ph.D. (U. of Kentucky), Associate Professor, Research: Swine Nutrition
Steven Cooper, Ph.D. (Okla. State U.), Associate Professor, Research: Equine Nutrition
W. Stephen Damron, Ph.D. (U. Tennessee), Professor, Teaching: Intro. ANSI-Nutrition
Udaya DeSilva, Ph.D. (Washington U., St. Louis, MO), Associate Professor, Research: Molecular Genetics
Christina DeWitt, Ph.D. (Oregon State University), Associate Professor, Research: Food Chemistry
Gerald Q. Fitch, Ph.D. (Colo. State U.), Professor, Teaching & Research: Extension: Sheep Specialist
David W. Freeman, Ph.D. (Texas A&M U.), Professor, Extension: Horse Production and Management
Jennifer Hernandez-Gifford, Ph.D. (Wash. State U.), Assistant Professor, Research: Reproductive Physiology
Gretchen Hilton, Ph.D. (Tex. Tech U.), Assistant Professor, Research: Meat Science
Gerald W. Horn, Ph.D. (Purdue U.), Graduates of Distinction Professor, Research: Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management
Mark Z. Johnson, Ph.D. (Kan. State. U.), Associate Professor, Teaching: Intro to ANSI, Live Animal Evaluation
Ron Kensinger, Ph.D. (U. of Fla.), Professor, Department Head
Clint Krehbiel, Ph.D. (U. of Neb.-Lincoln), Professor and Dennis and Marta White Endowed Chair, Research: Beef Cattle Nutrition and Health
Bob Kropp, Ph.D. (Okla. State. U.), Professor, Teaching: Applied Animal Nutrition, Cow-calf and Purebred Cattle Management, Livestock Sales Management
David L. Lalman, Ph.D. (Missouri U. - Columbia), Professor, Extension, Research: Cow/Calf and Stocker Cattle Applied Nutrition and Management
Raluca Mateescu, Ph.D. (Cornell U.), Assistant Professor, Research: Animal Molecular Genetics
J. Bradley Morgan, Ph.D. (Texas A&M U.), Professor, Research: Meat Science
Peter Muriana, Ph.D. (N. Carolina State U.), Professor, Research: Food Microbiology
Chris Richards, Ph.D. (U. of Ky.), Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle Extension & Research Specialist, Research: Feedlot and Stocker Cattle Applied Nutrition and Management
Leon J. Spicer, Ph.D. (Mich. State U.), Professor, Research: Reproductive Physiology (Dairy Cattle)
Dan Stein, Ph.D. (Okla. State U.), Assistant Professor, Extension: Animal Breeding and Selection
Reproduction, Research: Livestock Production
Robert G. Teeter, Ph.D. (Okla. State U.), Professor, Research: Poultry Nutrition
Deborah VanOverbeke, Ph.D. (Colo. State U.), Assistant Professor, Research: Meat Science
Robert P. Wettemann, Ph.D. (Mich. State U.) Regents Professor, Research: Reproduction and Endocrine Function of Beef Cattle
Guolong (Glenn) Zhang, Ph.D. (Kan. State U.) Associate Professor, Molecular Biology
Graduate Faculty List
The Department of History awards teaching assistantships for students who assist faculty in classes. The application form for assistantships is included in the departmental admissions packet. Annual awards are made by the department to underwrite graduate student research and travel to professional meetings.