Nutrition

The nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science deals with a wide array of topics, ranging from very basic molecular nutrition approaches to studies with direct practical applications in the target species.

Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of animal species, including cattle, swine, horses, sheep, goats, mice, companion animals and exotic animals.

Students can select to major in Animal Science and focus their coursework and research project in the nutrition area. Alternatively, students can choose to pursue a major in Animal Science with a co-major in Nutrition. In this case, both the major and co-major programs will be designated on the student’s graduate transcript.

For additional information on specific research programs in nutrition, please visit the information pages for the Animal Science nutrition faculty listed below.

Animal Science Faculty in the Nutrition AreaBrief Description of Faculty Member’s
Specific Area of Research Interest
Joan H. Eisemann Hormonal regulation of protein and lipid accretion in growing animals; inter-organ (tissue) metabolism
Vivek Fellner Microbial physiology and rumen function
Sung Woo KimNutrition and digestive physiology including (1) protein and amino acid nutrition of swine and other monogastric animals, (2) Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation and (3) Applied monogastric nutrition
Jeannette A. Moore Applied horse and ruminant (especially beef cattle) nutrition
Jack Odle Ontogeny and regulation of lipid digestion and metabolism; neonatal nutritional biochemistry; medium-chain triglyceride metabolism; carnitine metabolism; intestinal growth and metabolism in normal and pathophysiological states – role of milkborne growth factors
Matt H. Poore Utilization of grazed and harvested forages by beef cattle as influenced by nutrient supplementation. Determining the feeding value of locally available by products for beef cattle. Nutrient management in forage production systems utilizing animal wastes as fertilizer sources
Shannon Pratt-Phillips Equine nutrition and exercise physiology: glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity and regulation of glycogen re-synthesis after strenuous exercise
Paul D. Siliciano Micro-nutrient Requirements of Horses
Eric van Heugten Energy, protein, and mineral nutrition of swine. Environmental nutrition. Applied swine nutrition

 

 

Sample graduate plans of work for Animal Science majors working in the nutrition area:

Example MS Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title Credits Semester
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
3
Fall 2009
NTR 708 Energy Metabolism
3
Fall 2009
ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Biol. Sci. I
3
Fall 2009
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
2
Spring 2010
ANS 785 Digestion & Metabolism in Ruminants
3
Spring 2010
NTR 597 MS Seminar
1
Spring 2010
ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Biol. Sci. II
3
Spring 2010
ANS 571 Regulation of Metabolism
3
Fall 2010
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Fall 2010
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
2
Fall 2010
NTR 775 Mineral Metabolism
3
Fall 2010
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
3
Spring 2011
NTR 701 Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism
3
Spring 2011
MS Degree Awarded
33
Spring 2011

 

Example PhD Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title Credits Semester
ANS 790 Adv Special Topics in Animal Sci
3
Spring 2010
BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry
4
Spring 2010
ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I
3
Spring 2010
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Fall 2010
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
2
Fall 2010
NTR 775 Mineral Metabolism
3
Fall 2010
ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci ll
3
Fall 2010
ANS 571 Regulation of Metabolism
3
Spring 2011
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2011
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
2
Spring 2011
NTR 701 Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism
3
Spring 2011
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
6
Fall 2011
NTR 708 Energy Metabolism
3
Fall 2011
Master of Science Degree Awarded
37
Fall 2011
BIT 810 Core Technologides
4
Spring 2012
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2012
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
4
Spring 2012
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
1
Fall 2012
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
5
Fall 2012
NTR 794C Special Topics Adv Feed Form
2
Fall 2012
PHY 764 Adv in Gastrointest Pathophysiology
3
Fall 2012
BCH 763 Biochemistry of Hormone Action
3
Spring 2013
BIT 463 Fermentation
2
Spring 2013
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
4
Spring 2013
ANS 550 Applied Ruminant Nutrition
3
Fall 2013
NTR 706 Vitamin Metabolism
2
Fall 2013
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
4
Fall 2013
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2014
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
2
Spring 2014
NTR 801 PhD Seminar
1
Fall 2014
NTR 895 PhD Dissertation Research
2
Fall 2014
PhD Degree Awarded
81
Fall 2014