NS 222 - Animal Science I 
This course offers an introductory view of the livestock industry: history, genetics and reproduction, nutrition, digestion, feeds and feeding, and breeding. Comparison of management systems for cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry. Lab exercises will support the material presented in the classroom. Activities include management exercises, dissections, and field trips. Lab fee.  

Animal Science Syllabus

Spring 2013


Instructor:       Louise Calderwood      586-2239        rcalderwod@aol.com 

Office Hours:  By appointment


Small-scale Livestock Farming, 2nd ed  (Ekarius)

Readings e-mailed

Reserve material at Brown Library



Lecture and discussion, lab, field trips. Readings are to be completed PRIOR to class to facilitate student engagement in discussions.


Course Objectives:                 

  • Gain an understanding of basic physiological systems: digestion, reproduction, lactation, and genetics
  • Apply knowledge gained to specific management scenarios.
  • Develop awareness of various approaches to livestock management.



Assessment of skills and understanding of concepts will be based on:

    Attendance and participation        10%

    Weekly quizzes and homework          20%

    Exam 1                                                15%

    Exam 2                                                10%

    Final Project                                        15%

    Animal Care                                        15%

    Final Exam                                          15%


Course  Content:                  

The course will use dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits poultry, aquaculture and hogs to present key concepts of genetics, nutrition, lactation, and reproduction of animals. Students will be exposed to varied animal management systems. Emerging topics in food animal production will be discussed.

The final project will allow students to apply knowledge gained during the course to an animal management system of their choice. A two week requirement for animal care as well as techniques practiced during labs provide significant hands on experience