2017-18 Academic Catalog

Animal Nutrition

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jamie Larson
4024 Wise Center
Box 9815
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-0040
E-mail: j.larson@msstate.edu

An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The graduate program in Animal Nutrition is an interdepartmental curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Nutrition or a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Animal Nutrition.  The student selects course offerings from Animal and Dairy Sciences; Poultry Science; Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion; Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Biochemistry.

Master of Science in Agriculture with Concentration in Animal Nutrition

Admission Criteria

Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor’s degree in Animal, Dairy or Poultry Sciences; Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion; Fisheries or Aquatic Science; Biological or Physical Science with an adequate background in chemistry.  A minimum of 3.00 quality point average on a 4.00 scale is required.  The quality point average can be based on either overall undergraduate degree work or the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work.  Any request for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores is dependent upon the faculty member who will serve as the thesis director (major professor), but the GRE score is not an Animal Nutrition graduate program requirement.  A statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are required of all applicants.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis. The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with Concentration in Animal Nutrition

Admission Criteria

Prerequisites for admission include a master’s degree.  A minimum of 3.00 quality point average on a 4.00 scale is required for all post-baccalaureate courses.  Any request for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is dependent upon the faculty member who will serve as the thesis director (major professor), but the GRE score is not an Animal Nutrition graduate program requirement.  A statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are required of all applicants.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University and the graduate program for Animal Nutrition for admission to graduate study may be granted admission as a degree-seeking graduate student with provisional status.  The student must have as his or her initial objective advancement to regular status.  A provisional student must receive a 3.00 GPA for the first 9 hours of graduate-level courses on his or her program of study taken at Mississippi State University (courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement) in order to achieve regular status.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from graduate study.

Master of Science in Agriculture with Animal Nutrition Concentration

BCH 6603General Biochemistry3
BCH 6613General Biochemistry3
ST 8114Statistical Methods4
ST 8214Design and Analysis of Experiments4
Research/thesis6
Graduate-level coursework10
Total Hours30

At least 12 hours of coursework must be at the 8000-level.

The Master of Science degree requires a thesis defense.  The Animal Nutrition program does not offer a non-thesis M.S. degree. 

A minor is not required but, if selected, an additional 12 hours of credit and a committee member from the minor area are required.  A graduate program of study should be submitted and approved by the student’s graduate committee and graduate coordinator by the end of the first semester of graduate study.  The graduate committee should be composed of the major professor and at least two committee members, one of whom should be a member of the Animal Nutrition graduate faculty.  Additional committee members may be included at the discretion of the major professor.

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with Animal Nutrition Concentration

The doctoral program in Agricultural Sciences/Animal Nutrition has no course requirements; however, BCH 6603, BCH 6613, ST 8114, and ST 8214 are required if they were not completed during the student’s master‘s degree. Additionally, a language or research skill requirement, a preliminary/comprehensive examination, and a final dissertation defense are required.  The research skill requirement requires the student to demonstrate a technical proficiency in a research skill not directly or routinely related to his or her research area.  This proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of six hours of credit (examples include 6 hours of statistics excluding ST 8114 and ST 8214; 6 hours in computer science; 6 hours in a research area excluding minor or required courses; directed individual study courses) approved by the student’s graduate committee and is not part of the program of study.  A minor is not required, but if a minor is selected it must consist of a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit, and a committee member from the minor area is required.  A graduate program of study should be submitted and approved by the student’s graduate committee and graduate coordinator by the end of the first semester of graduate study.  The graduate committee should be composed of at least four members including the major professor who must be a full member of the graduate Animal Nutrition faculty, one other member of the graduate Animal Nutrition faculty, and two additional members, one of whom must be from the minor field if a minor is selected.  The other may be from outside the major area.

ADS 8473 Micro-Nutrient Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture.Detailed study of functions, deficiency, symptoms, dietary considerations necessary to the nutrition of fish,dogs,cats,horses, mink,rabbits, and laboratory animals

FNH 6233 Medical Nutrition Therapy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Grade of C or better in FNH 4013/6013 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. The study and application of the principles of medical nutrition therapy in stress, trauma and specific disease conditions

FNH 6243 Composition and Chemical Reactions of Foods: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in CH 1213, and CH 2503 or equivalent, and Junior or Senior Standing). Three hours lecture. Nature and chemical behavior of food constituents including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, water, enzymes and pigments; properties of food systems as related to commercial preparation. (Same as ADS 4243/6243)

FNH 6293 Micronutrients: Human Metabolism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in BCH 4013 and Junior or Senior Standing). Three hours lecture. Advanced human nutrition and metabolism of regulatory micronutrients

FNH 6990 Special Topics in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years.)

FNH 7000 Directed Individual Study in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

FNH 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion: 1-13 hours.

Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged

ADS 8111 Nutrition Seminar: 1 hour.

Survey of current literature; preparation, organization, and presentation of papers on selected topics in nutrition. (Course is repeatable and may be taken 3 times.)

ADS 8121 Nutrition Seminar: 1 hour.

Survey of literature; preparation, organization and presentation of papers on selected topics in nutrition. (Course is repeatable and may be taken 3 times.)

ADS 8131 Nutrition Seminar: 1 hour.

Survey of literature; preparation, organization and presentation of papers on selected topics in nutrition. (Course is repeatable and may be taken three times.)

PO 8123 Methods in Nutrition Research: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Application of analytical methods used in research techniques;practice in writing research proposals, conducting a research project, and preparing research finds suitabale for scientific publication

ADS 8153 Ruminant Nutrition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: ADS 4114/6114 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. In-depth treatment of rumen function and recent concepts in ruminant nutrition

ADS 8162 Monogastric Nutrition: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: ADS 4114/6114 or equivalent). Two hours lecture. Monogastric nutritional relationships with special emphasis on swine nutrition. Metabolic functions, dietary requirements, deficiency symptoms and distribution of nutrients in feedstuffs

FNH 8233 Maternal, Infant, and Child Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Nutritional needs during reproduction and growth; problems in nourishing women during the reproductive period, infants, and children; indices of growth and development

FNH 8243 Community Nutrition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: HS 3213 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Nutrition services and problems in the community. Supervised experience in methods of determining and implementing action programs in nutrition education

FNH 8253 Nutrition and Food Science Research Techniques: 3 hours.

Spring Semester. One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Application of various instruments and techniques for assay of food and biological material

FNH 8273 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Senior level Medical Nutrition Therapy course) Three hours lecture. Study of advanced knowledge of principles of nutrition, pathophysiology and medical management of specific disease states and impact on nutritional status, including current research

PO 8443 Avian Nutrition: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Study of the nutrient functions, dietary relationships deficiency symptons,distribution in feedstuffs and quantitative requirements of nutrients

ADS 8463 Advanced Animal Nutrition: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:ADS 4115/6115 or prior approval from instructor). Two hour lecture .Two hour laboratory. Develop an understanding of nutritional physiology, metabolism, and utilization of nutrients by animal species

ADS 6114 Animal Nutrition: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 2503 and CH 2501 or CH 4513 and CH 4511). Four hours lecture. Nutrition of monogastric and ruminant species. Anatomy, physiology, disgestion, and absorption pertaining to monogastric and ruminants. Description, functions, sources, deficiency symptoms