Companion and Exotic Animal Biology Concentration

Companion and Exotic Animal Biology Concentration is a program for students who aspire to work with animals that are companions or provide esthetic value to humans. This program includes the core courses for animal science, minimal management of animals, focus on science, and electives in diverse areas such as zoology or wildlife. This concentration can also be a path for students to prepare for and apply to veterinary college but these requirements are not illustrated below.

Specific course requirements for Companion and Exotic Animal Biology Concentration:

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ANS 282

Companion Animal Biology and Management

F,S

3

BS 162

Organisms and Populations

F,S,SS

4

BS 172

Organisms and Populations Laboratory

F,S,SS

2

CEM 252

Organic Chemistry II

F,S,SS

3

CEM 255

Organic Chemistry Lab

F,S,SS

2

ZOL 328

Comparative Anatomy and Biology of Vertebrates

S

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS 18

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

BMB 200

Introduction to Biochemistry

F,SS

4

BMB 401

Basic Biochemistry

F,S,SS

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS 4

SIX CREDITS OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ANS 305

Applied Animal Behavior

S

3

ANS 409

Advancements in Reproduction

F

3

ANS 413

Monogastric Animal Nutrition

F

3

ANS 435

Mammary Physiology

S

4

ANS 483

Ruminant Nutrition

S

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS 6-8

ELEVEN CREDITS  OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

ANS 407

Food and Animal Toxicology

F

3

ANS 418

Comprehensive Nutrient Management

F

3

ANS 425

Principles of Animal Biotechnology

S

3

ANS 445

Equine Exercise Physiology

F

4

ANS 455

Avian Physiology

S

4

ZOL 313

Animal Behavior

F,S,SS

3

ZOL 341

Fundamental Genetics (Can replace ANS 314)

F,S,SS

4

ZOL 355

Ecology

F,S,SS

3

ZOL 369

Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science

S

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS 11-16

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

 

ANS 492

Undergraduate Research

F,S,SS

3

ANS 493

Professional Internship in ANS

F,S,SS

3

Study Abroad

 

 

6

 

TOTAL CREDITS 3-6

Students interested to attend veterinary college must clarify all requirements with advisor or with the college to which they intend to apply. For requirements to apply and for admission into CVM, see text below list of courses. Or, go to website for College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU (http://cvm.msu.edu), then click Prospective DVM Students.