Animal Science

2014-15 Tuition

Research degree: $20,800; professional degree: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15; Spring, check with field

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test for native English speakers

Degrees

  • M.P.S.
  • M.S.
  • M.S./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences (M.P.S.)
  • Animal Science (M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • animal genetics
  • animal genomics
  • animal nutrition
  • animal science
  • physiology of reproduction

The field requires one more member on the Special Committee of both M.S. and Ph.D.degree candidates (i.e., three for the M.S., four for the Ph.D.) than is required by the Graduate School. At least one member of the Special Committee must be a member of the faculty in a department other than that of the chairperson. Students in an M.S. or a Ph.D. program are required to assist with the teaching program of the department.

The Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture) degree is intended primarily for applicants who want to further their academic training in animal science but whose interests may not be oriented toward research. It's a special non-thesis degree program requiring a minimum of two residence units and the satisfactory completion of 30 hours of coursework related to the professional interests of the candidate. Approval of the report of a problem-solving project is also required.

In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corp option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; email mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

Depending on specific objectives, students interested in this field may also want to examine opportunities in the Fields of Food Science and Technology; Nutrition; and Molecular and Integrative Physiology.

Application:
Preference is given to applicants whose credentials indicate strong undergraduate preparation both in the animal sciences and in related biological and physical sciences. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Dale Bauman -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: nutritional biochemistry; intermediary metabolism
Rodrigo Bicalho -- Concentrations: animal science; physiology of reproduction; Research interests: herd health; epidemiology; reproduction of dairy cattle
Stephen Bloom -- Concentrations: animal genetics; animal science; Research interests: developmental genetics and toxicology; cancer genetics
Yves Boisclair -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: hormonal regulation of metabolism, growth and development; molecular endocrinology; nutritional physiology
Samantha Brooks -- Concentrations: animal genetics; animal science; Research interests: genetics; gene expression; equine; pigmentation biology; inflammation (especially laminitis); disease-associated traits
Dan Brown -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: animal nutrition; nutritional toxicology; limited resource animal agriculture
W. Ron Butler -- Concentrations: physiology of reproduction; Research interests: animal reproductive physiology; ovarian function; reproductive/nutrition interactions
Larry Chase -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: ruminant nutrition
Soon Cheong -- Concentrations: animal science; physiology of reproduction; animal genomics; Research interests: Animal genetics, disease and reproduction
Debbie Cherney -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: rumen nutrition; forage utlization and quality
Hollis Erb -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: herd health management; epidemiology
Joanne Fortune -- Concentrations: physiology of reproduction; Research interests: ovarian development and functon; regulation of ovarian follicular development and function
David Galton -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: dairy cattle management
Jerrie Gavalchin -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: pathogenetic mechanisms in autoimmune disease; environmental triggers for auto immunity; role of immune status in livestock production
Robert Gilbert -- Concentrations: animal genetics; physiology of reproduction; Research interests: reproduction of dairy cattle and other domestic species; immunology of the reproductive tract
Julio Giordano -- Concentrations: physiology of reproduction; Research interests: Dairy Cattle productive physiology/performance and dairy cattle management
Yrjo Grohn -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: veterinary epidemiology; production medicine; public health; epidemiological and economic methods
Heather J. Huson -- Concentrations: animal genetics; animal science; Research interests:
Ikhide Imumorin -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: animal molecular and quantitative genetics; functional and nutritional genomics; metabolic syndrome in animal models; genetics and economics of indigenous livestock resources in sub-Saharan Africa
Patricia Johnson -- Concentrations: physiology of reproduction; Research interests: animal science and physiology; endocrinology and reproductive physiology
Quirine Ketterings -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: nutrient management for field crops; soil fertility; agricultural environmental management
Xingen Lei -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; Research interests: molecular nutrition of minerals; selenium antioxidant function; phytase gene expression
Qiaoming Long -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: developmental genetics; functional physiology of mammalian pancreas; diabetes and pancreatic cancer
Charles McCormick -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: nutrition; vitamin E metabolism and apoptosis
Hussni Mohammed -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: production medicine; risk assessment; epidemiology and infectious diseases; zoonotic diseases and public health; quantitative and analytical epidemiology
Daryl Van Nydam -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: dairy production medicine; epidemiology; public health
Thomas Overton -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: nutritional physiology; dairy cattle management
John Parks -- Concentrations: physiology of reproduction; Research interests: spermatogenesis in vitro; gamete physiology; fertilization; cryopreservation
Alice Pell -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: rumen microbiology; ruminant nutrition; international agriculture
Susan Quirk -- Concentrations: animal science; physiology of reproduction; Research interests: reproductive physiology; molecular and cellular aspects of ovarian function
Ynte Schukken -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: dairy udder health; population dynamics of diseases in cattle; epidemiology
Vimal Selvaraj -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: pluripotency and stem cells; regenerative medicine; animal biotechnology; technologies for wildlife conservation
Michael Thonney -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: growth and development; nutrition; management of highly productive sheep
Alexander Travis -- Concentrations: animal science; physiology of reproduction; Research interests: male germ cells and sperm; fertilization; assisted reproduction; biotechnology; rural rood animal production in developing nations
Michael Van Amburgh -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: ruminant nutrition and dairy management
Joseph Wakshlag -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; language and communication; ; Research interests: metabolism and obesity; cancer, cell metabolism and apoptosis

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Richard Austic -- Concentrations: animal nutrition; animal science; Research interests: nutritional biochemistry, emphasizing amino acids and selected lipids in poultry
Pascal Oltenacu -- Concentrations: animal science; Research interests: dairy cattle management; animal breeding

Assessment Plan for the Field of Animal Science:

 

Learning Objectives:

At completion of the Ph.D. degree, a student should be able to:

  1.  Make an original contribution to the field.
  2.  Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  3.  Demonstrate broad knowledge across several areas in the field.
  4.  Follow ethical guidelines for working in the field.
  5.  Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts in the field.

 

At completion of the M.S. degree, a student should be able to:

  1.  Make an original contribution to the field.
  2.  Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  3.  Follow ethical guidelines for working in the field.
  4.  Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts in the field.

 

At completion of the M.P.S. degree, a student should be able to: 

  1.  Make a scholarly contribution to the field.
  2.  Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  3.  Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts   in the field.

 

Evidence of learning:

For each degree, the learning objectives can be assessed using the following:

For the Ph.D.

  • Research progress evaluated annually
  • A- exam results
  • Meeting abstracts/Presentations - annual update
  • Publications - annual update
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) on-line module
  • Thesis defense/B-exam results

 

For the M.S.

  • Research progress evaluated annually
  • Meeting abstracts/Presentations - annual update
  • Publications - annual update
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) on-line module
  • Thesis defense

 

For the M.P.S.

  • Academic progress evaluated
  • Presentations
  • Project completion

Analysis of evidence and implementation of changes:

            Each year, using data from the annual reports, one of the learning objectives will be evaluated by the Graduate selection committee.  We don’t anticipate that this will be a counting exercise but rather, a determination of whether our students are making timely and significant progress in this area toward degree completion.  Recommendations for any changes will be broad and communicated to the field at large, rather than directed to any specific program.