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Graduate Programs

The M.S. degree in Animal Sciences may be earned for a program of study in reproductive physiology, animal health, nutrition or management. The Ph.D. degree may be earned by completing a program of study in Food and Nutrition Sciences or Biological Sciences. Thesis research constitutes a major portion of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Students are required to take Graduate Seminar (AVS 633). Ph.D. students must present four seminars and M.S. students must present three seminars. Requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees can be found in the General Policies and Regulations of the Graduate School elsewhere in this catalog.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in animal nutrition should have undergraduate courses in mathematics, physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and quantitative analysis. Training in physiology and biochemistry is desirable for students interested in animal physiology, and some work in statistics is desirable for all graduate students.

Graduate students will take many of their formal graduate courses in supporting departments, depending upon their specific interests and fields of study.

Graduate students appointed to assistantships in Animal and Veterinary Sciences devote half time to work in the school in the area of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Complete research facilities are available, including laboratories and animal units, with opportunities for field tests.

The school also offers a non-thesis Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree in Animal Sciences. Requirements for the M.P.S. are 30 credit hours, of which at least 15 hours must be 500- and/or 600-level. In addition, each student will be required to complete a minimum of three hours in an “independent study” type course within the area of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The M.P.S. student is required to demonstrate competence in chosen fields of specialization during an oral comprehensive examination at the completion of his or her program. Courses selected must include a minimum of 12 credits in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. In addition, a minimum of 12 hours must be selected in a specialized field of study. The three credit ”independent study” type course is to be a short-term research project. Upon completion of the project, a written report will be presented to the major professor and a seminar on the project will be presented to the Animal Science faculty and students.

Graduate Faculty

  • Martin R. Stokes, Ph.D. (Glasgow, 1978), Professor and Chair. Ruminant nutrition, silage preservation and utilization, dietary manipulation to maximize animal performance and efficiency.
  • Gary W. Anderson, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech, 1982), Associate Extension Professor. Reproduction efficiency of livestock, dairy farm management, animal health.
  • Robert C. Bayer, Ph.D. (Michigan State, 1972), Professor. Fisheries and aquaculture nutrition, management and physiology.
  • Robert C. Causey, Ph.D., D.V.M., (Louisiana State, 1985, University of Minnesota, 1989), Associate Professor. Equine reproduction, veterinary microbiology.
  • William R. Congleton, Ph.D. (Kentucky, 1977), Associate Professor. Systems analysis and computer simulation, animal breeding, and factors influencing profit.
  • Anne Lichtenwalner, D.V.M., (Oregon State University, 1989), Assistant Professor. Diseases of Livestock, poultry and fish.
  • David P. Marcinkowski, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 1982), Associate Extension Professor. Dairy management, dairy reproduction.
  • Robert A. Taft, Ph.D. (West Virginia, 1999), Research Associate. Sr. Manager Reproductive Technologies Resource, The Jackson Laboratory, reproductive physiology of mice, assisted reproductive technologies.
  • Charles R. Wallace, Ph.D. (Florida, 1986), Associate Professor. Reproductive efficiency of livestock.
  • James A. Weber, Ph.D., D.V.M., (Idaho, 1992, Washington, 1994), Associate Professor. Embryo development in livestock, reproductive physiology of horses and cattle.

For more information on graduate programs at the University of Maine and to apply online see the Graduate School Website.


Undergraduate Courses (Available for graduate credit, See courses section for description)

  • AVS 401 Senior Paper in Animal Science
  • AVS 402 Senior Paper in Animal Science
  • AVS 437 Animal Diseases
  • AVS 455 Animal Nutrition
  • AVS 461 Animal Breeding
  • AVS 463 Feeding Companion Animals
  • AVS 466 Feeding Dairy Cattle
  • AVS 480 Physiology of Reproduction

Graduate Courses

  • AVS 590 Special Topics in Animal Science
    Anatomy, breeding diseases, management, nutrition, physiology as related to poultry or dairy. Prerequisite:permission. Cr Ar.
  • AVS 633 Graduate Seminar in Animal Science
    Instruction in the techniques of, and the opportunity to practice, the oral presentation of scientific information to a critical audience. (Pass/Fail Grade Only). Cr1
  • AVS 690 Graduate Research in Animal Science Cr Ar.
  • AVS 699 Graduate Thesis Cr Ar.