American Univesity of Beirut

Animal Science

​​​The program in animal science offer​s a wide scope coursework covering various subjects including animal physiology, nutrition, immunity and management. Research is mostly applied to domestic livestock such as small ruminants and cattle with the possibility to include other species in coordination with the advisor.

Program Learning Outcomes:

​​​​​1- Apply Research to Practice: demonstrate ability to use relevant statistical methods and fact based recommendations to identify and evaluate farming variables having an economic impact on animal production, and accordingly formulate an integrated sustainable production strategy.

2- Advanced Core Knowledge in the Discipline: successfully complete courses in animal diseases, advances in livestock production practices, impact of extensive and intensive livestock systems on the environment, and ruminant nutrition. Demonstrate efficiency in resolving case studies in the aforementioned areas and planning field and laboratory research. 

3- Scholarly Communication Skills: able to efficiently present research subjects relating to preventive immunology, livestock systems, environmental management strategies, feed analysis, and the state of research in these areas, as well as their relevance to own thesis or research topic.

4- Professionalism and Ethical Conduct: apply ethical considerations in the application of intensive livestock production approaches, and show proof of WEFRAH​ centered rational, as pertaining to sustainability of resources, and effect on environment.

Core Courses for the MS Degree in Animal Science*

AGSC 301 Statistical Methods in Agriculture 2.3; 3 cr.

An investigation of the statistical techniques needed to design experiments and analyze and interpret agricultural research data. Prerequisites: STAT 210 or EDUC 227 and CMPS 209. Fall and spring.

AVSC 304 Preventive Immunology and Patterns of Animal Diseases3.0; 3 cr.

Basic aspects of specific and non-specific body defense mechanisms and the role of vaccination in population protection; study of the patterns of diseases. Prerequisite: BIOL 224 or AVSC 224.

AVSC 306 Diseases of Livestock 3.0; 3 cr.

Etiology, clinical characteristics, identification, and control of some selected infectious and metabolic diseases of economic impact on animal production.

AVSC 330 Advanced Livestock Production 3.0; 3 cr.

Recent advances in livestock production practices as related to interactions between animal and milieu with reference to the specific nutritional and climatic conditions of the Middle East.

AVSC 336 Ruminant Nutrition 3.0; 3 cr.

Recent advances in the nutrition of cattle, sheep and goats with reference to microbiological aspects of digestion and its relation to practical feeding.

AVSC 388 Animal Production and Environmental Management 3,0; 3 cr.

Characterizes the impact of extensive and intensive livestock systems on the environmental sustainability of the two systems in terms of technical constraints and feasible corrective environmental management strategies.

AVSC 395 Graduate Seminar in Animal Science 1.0; 1 cr.

AVSC 396/396A Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.

 AVSC 399 MS Thesis

  *Students should choose 4 of the core courses in addition to AGSC 301, AVSC 395, 396 and 399.

Elective Courses for the MS Degree in Animal Science 

AVSC 300 Graduate Tutorial 1–3 cr.

Directed Study.

AVSC 305 Poultry Diseases 3.0; 3 cr.

Etiology, clinical characteristics, identification, prevention, and control of the major infectious and metabolic diseases of poultry.

AVSC 307 Poultry Production in Warm Regions 3.0; 3 cr.

Recent advances in poultry production practices under high temperature conditions with special emphasis on physiology of heat stress in birds as related to housing, management, and feeding. Prerequisite: AVSC 226.

AVSC 329 Advanced Animal Physiology 2.3; 3 cr.

Comparative physiology of domestic animals with special emphasis on digestion, reproduction, lactation, and thermo-regulation. Prerequisite: AVSC 275 or equivalent.

AVSC 334 Advanced Poultry Nutrition 2.3; 3 cr.

Recent developments in poultry nutrition; design and implementation of poultry nutrition experiments. Prerequisite: AVSC 271.


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