Graduate Studies

Animal Physiology


Master of Science/PhD in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Physiology

The graduate program in Animal Physiology is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with a concentration in Animal Physiology and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Life Sciences with a concentration in Animal Physiology. Course offerings are from several departments including, but not exclusively, Animal and Dairy Sciences; Basic Science (College of Veterinary Medicine); Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biological Sciences; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Poultry Science; and Wildlife and Fisheries. The program of study is developed by the student and his/her major professor with the approval of the student's graduate program committee. Specific courses vary depending on the needs of the student. A limited number of assistantships are available to qualified applicants.


Entrance Requirements

Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor's or master's degree in animal, dairy or poultry science; human sciences; wildlife; fisheries or aquatic science; biological or physical science; or a doctor of medicine or veterinary medicine degree with an adequate background in chemistry. A minimum of 3.00 overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale is required. A student who has not fully met the requirements stipulated by the University and the program for admission (i.e., students with 2.50 to 2.99 GPA) may be granted admission to the Animal Physiology program with provisional status. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission, but applicants are required to attempt the GRE and a score of 1100 (verbal and quantitative) or better is desirable. A computer-based TOEFL score of 575 or better is required of all international applicants. Letters of recommendation are required of all applicants.


Master of Science

The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit (including six hours of Research/Thesis), a research thesis, and thesis defense. The Animal Physiology Program does not offer a non-thesis M.S. degree. The student is required to take at least two hours of Physiology Seminar (PHY 8811-41). Other course requirements may include BCH 6603 and/or BCH 6613 and ST 8114 or equivalents. Of the 24 hours (minimum number of hours) of graduate course work required, half must be taken at the 8000 level. A minor is not required but if selected an additional nine hours of credit is required 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 the major professor and two committee members, one of whom should be a member of the Animal Physiology graduate faculty and the other may be a minor professor. Additional committee members may be included at the discretion of the major professor.


Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. in Animal Physiology requires a minimum of three academic years beyond the B.S. degree; the number of hours will vary as determined by the student and major professor. The student is required to take at least three hours of Physiology Seminar (PHY 8811-41). Other course requirements may include BCH 6603, BCH 6613, ST 8114, and ST 8214 or equivalents. A minor is not required, but if a minor is selected an additional 12 hours of graduate credit is required and a committee member from the minor area is required. The preliminary/comprehensive examination must be attempted by the end of the fifth semester of the program. A 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. If a minor is selected, the graduate committee should be composed of at least five members including the major professor, who must be a full member of the Animal Physiology graduate faculty; at least two additional members of the Animal Physiology graduate faculty and two additional members, one of whom must be from the minor field; the other may be from outside the major area. Additional committee members may be included at the discretion of the major professor.


Academic Performance and Continued Enrollment

Continuous enrollment in the Animal Physiology Program is dependent upon satisfactory evaluation of academic performance and progress toward the completion of the respective research degrees. A student will be recommended for dismissal if he/she receives more than two grades of C or any grade below a C in courses taken for credit.


Completion Requirements

M.S. and Ph.D. candidates are required by the Animal Physiology Program to submit a written proposal of the intended research area during the first year of the graduate program, in addition to the submission of an annual progress report of research, teaching, and/or extension and service activities of the thesis or dissertation work. For the Ph.D. candidates, a written and oral preliminary/comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's graduate committee in accordance with Office of Graduate Studies guidelines prior to the submission of defense of dissertation research.


Provisional Admission

A student recommended for provisional admission is required to achieve a 3.00 GPA on the first nine hours of graduate courses in order to achieve regular status. Neither transfer hours nor unclassified graduate hours can be used to fulfill this requirement. If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student may be dismissed from the program and graduate study. An overall GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. To be eligible for the comprehensive/preliminary examination, a graduate student must maintain an overall B average in all graduate courses attempted after admission to the program.


Faculty and Research Interest
  • John Blanton, Professor and Head, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Howard Chambers, Professor, Entomology
  • Janice E. Chambers, Professor, CVM
  • Timothy N. Chamblee, Associate Professor, Poultry Science
  • David Christiansen, Assistant Clinical Professor, CVM
  • Jean M. Feugang, Assistant Research Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Federico G. Hoffman, Assistant Professor
  • Richard M. Hopper, Professor
  • Dean Jousan, Assistant Extension Professor of Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Jamie Larson, Assistant Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Robert L. Linford, Professor
  • Job E. Lopez, Assistant Professor
  • Christopher McDaniel, Professor, Poultry Science
  • Erdoğan Memili, Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Molly Nicodemus, Associate Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • F. David Peebles, Professor, Poultry Science
  • Peter L. Ryan, Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences and Associate Provost
  • Trent Smith, Assistant Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • James A. Stewart, Jr., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Justin Thornton, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Rhonda Vann, Associate Research Professor of Animal and Dairy Sciences
  • Scott T. Willard, Professor, Animal and Dairy Sciences, Associate Dean
  • Kenneth O. Willeford, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology and Graduate Coordinator, Animal Physiology
  • Robert W. Wills, Professor, Pathobiology and Population Medicine
  • Wei Zhai, Assistant Professor, Poultry Science