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Undergraduate Programs in Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

 

Animal Sciences Biotechnology (Manufacturing) Aquaculture & Fisheries
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Undergraduate Courses in Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Expected Undergraduate Student Outcomes

-Animal Sciences Major
-Aquaculture and Fisheries Major

ANIMAL SCIENCES Expected Undergraduate Student Outcomes

I. KNOWLEDGE

A. DEPTH AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE – You will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to obtain or pursue a professional position or graduate/professional training in the field of Animal Science.

By the time you complete your education you will have knowledge of:

  • the principles of animal management including:
    • - Nutrition
    • - Reproduction
    • - Health
    • - Behavior
    • - Housing
  • routine animal husbandry & veterinary practices and tools.
  • the characteristics of species/breeds of domestic animals.
  • the principles of animal anatomy & physiology.
  • the principles of genetics and breeding selection.
  • the principles of animal behavior.
  • the laws and regulations governing animal care and use.
  • the field of animal biotechnology.

You will also have the opportunity to gain further knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Animal endocrinology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal pathophysiology
  • Animal reproductive biology
  • Laboratory animal science

By the time you complete your education you will have ability to:

  • understand and apply principles of basic science to the field of animal science.
  • perform routine animal husbandry practices such as handling, feeding, routine health maintenance procedures, breeding management and neonatal care.
  • formulate rations for any species of animal given an animal’s physiological or production requirements.
  • identify drugs commonly used to treat sickness in animals.
  • use physiological measurements to assess animal health.
  • apply knowledge of animal behavior to animal health.
  • assess an animal’s reproductive status.
  • evaluate genetic potential of domestic animals.
  • evaluate livestock conformation.
  • apply knowledge of animal behavior to animal handling.
  • identify and use procedures that ensure humane treatment of animals.
  • design and manage animal facilities optimized to specific needs of animals being housed.

B. QUANTITATIVE COMPETENCE – You will identify and use appropriate quantitative methods to analyze physical, biological, or social phenomena, as they pertain to the field of animal science.

By the time you complete your education you will have knowledge of:

  • research methodologies.
  • basic statistical tests.

By the time you complete your education you will have ability to:

  • solve algebraic equations.
  • Calculate correct dosages for administration of drugs to animals
  • read and interpret current research.
  • interpret basic statistics.

C. METHODS OF INQUIRY – You will understand and use methods of inquiry appropriate to the field of Animal Science.

By the time you complete your education you will have knowledge of:

  • general sciences as they are applied to the study of animal science.
  • scientific methods commonly used in the field of animal science.

By the time you complete your education you will have ability to:

  • use scientific method when conducting experiments.
  • develop and test hypotheses.
  • recognize the limitations of the methods you use.

D. PROBLEM SOLVING – You will use acquired knowledge, skills, and ingenuity to solve complex problems in the field of Animal Science.

By the time you complete your education you will have knowledge of:

  • arrange of problem solving strategies/techniques.

By the time you complete your education you will have ability to:

  • recognize the existence and scope of a problem.
  • use existing information to develop problem solving strategies.
  • evaluate results and refine strategy accordingly.
  • choose and implement an appropriate strategy.
  • draw and communicate conclusions.
II. COMMUNICATION

A. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT – You will gather and interpret information from diverse sources.

By the time you complete your education you will have knowledge of:

  • professional publications relevant to the field of animal science.

By the time you complete your education you will have ability to:

  • locate and compile information from libraries, the Internet and electronic databases.
  • critically evaluate sources of information for truth, fairness and balance.
  • use current information technologies.

B. COMMUNICATION – You will communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of methods. By the time you complete your education you will be able to:

  • speak in an articulate manner and present ideas and knowledge effectively.
  • write logically and effectively for diverse audiences.
  • use discipline specific modes, such as PowerPoint, for graphic communication.
  • be able to listen effectively and respond appropriately.

C. MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE – You will recognize the value of, and participate in, multidisciplinary teams. By the time you complete your education you will be able to:

  • understand the perspectives and scope of related disciplines.
  • work effectively as a team member.
  • interact effectively with peers and other professionals in related fields.
III. PERSONAL GROWTH

A. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES – You will understand and apply ethical principles to issues, problems, and professional practices. By the time you complete your education you will be able to:

  • describe the ethical standards of the animal and veterinary sciences.
  • develop a personal ethic that addresses our inherent responsibility to animals under our care as well as animals impacted by humans in the wild.

B. GLOBAL AWARENESS – You will develop an awareness of global community and ecology in their physical, biological, and social dimensions. By the time you complete your education you will:

  • become familiar with Earth systems and how they have been modified by human activity over time.
  • recognize and appreciate the diversity of human cultures and their relationships to local and global ecosystems.
  • recognize that domestic and exotic animal problems and their solutions are affected by societal concerns and values.

C. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – You will develop a sense of responsibility to self, community, and society. You will:

  • understand the importance of academic integrity.
  • use reflection and self-evaluation to set goals for self-improvement.
  • practice self-motivated, curiosity-driven learning.
  • know how to search for, and apply for employment or other post-graduate educational opportunities in your chosen professional field.
  • demonstrate leadership in addressing societal problems.
  • demonstrate an awareness of and participation in volunteer opportunities related to betterment of the animal populations at the local, national and global level.
  • acknowledge the valuable contributions of others, both past and present, to the field of animal science.
  • understand and respect differences among diverse populations.

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AQUACLTURE AND FISHERIES TECHNOLOGY Expected Undergraduate Student Outcomes

KNOWLEDGE

DEPTH AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE –acquire knowledge and skills necessary to obtain or pursue a professional position or graduate training in aquaculture and fisheries science and technology. By the time you complete your education you will have

(Aquaculture track)

knowledge of:

  • basic biology of aquaculture organisms, including finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants
  • aquaculture practices for major aquaculture species worldwide and locally
  • aquaculture systems for major aquaculture species worldwide and locally
  • principles of health management for aquaculture species and facilities
  • aspects of nutrition important to growth and health of aquaculture organisms
  • elements of water quality important to aquaculture
  • impacts of aquaculture activities on society, the economy, and the natural environment
  • basic principles of fishery science and technology
  • basic principles of marketing and food science

ability to:

  • culture several species of finfish, shellfish and aquatic plants
  • measure and manage water quality in aquaculture systems
  • design culture systems for fish, including consideration of size and shape of containment system, flow rates, pumping requirements, proper siting, etc.
  • assess the growth and health status of fish and shellfish in culture
  • evaluate the risks and benefits of aquaculture operations

(Fisheries track)

knowledge of:

  • basic marine and freshwater environmental science
  • navigation, seamanship, and personal safety at sea
  • basic biology of aquatic living resources
  • fish catching methods of the world
  • effects of fishing on habitat
  • interactions between fisheries and protected species
  • basic principles of fishery science
  • design and performance evaluation of fishery resource harvesting and scientific sampling gears
  • concepts of fish stock assessment
  • basic principles of aquaculture

ability to:
Collect, process, and analyze data that support the development of a fish stock assessment, as this is the basic scientific contribution to the management of a fishery.

  • collect biological samples and environmental data on fishery resources in the field on board research vessels
  • collect fishery data on board commercial and recreational vessels
  • process biological samples in the laboratory, and conduct the analyses of the resulting data to quantify fish population dynamics
  • interpret the results of the analyses so as to predict the trend in fish abundance resulting from alternative management strategies

QUANTITATIVE COMPETENCE – identify and use appropriate quantitative methods to analyze physical, biological, or social phenomena. By the time you complete your education you will:

  • Understand and use basic mathematical concepts and methods (i.e., algebra, geometry, calculus) to solve quantitative problems
  • Understand and use basic statistical concepts and methods to analyze data
  • Use computer software to implement statistical analyses and graphical representation of data
  • Read and interpret current research

METHODS OF INQUIRY – understand and use methods of inquiry appropriate to fisheries and aquaculture. By the time you complete your education, you will have:

knowledge of:

  • The scientific method
  • Sampling methods
  • Modeling approaches

ability to:

  • Observe natural phenomena in a fisheries or aquaculture context
  • Develop testable hypotheses based on your observations
  • Test hypotheses through experimentation, sampling or simulation
  • Identify the limitations of the methods used

PROBLEM-SOLVING – use acquired knowledge, skills, and ingenuity to solve complex problems. By the time you complete your education, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the existence and scope of a problem
  • Use existing information to develop problem-solving strategies
  • Choose and implement an appropriate strategy
  • Evaluate results and refine the strategy accordingly
  • Draw and communicate conclusions
COMMUNICATION

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT – gather and interpret information from diverse sources. By the time you complete your education, you will be able to:

  • Locate, compile and organize information from both print and electronic media for a research paper on an important issue or topic in aquaculture or fisheries
  • Critically evaluate the quality of the information you obtain from media sources, including any sources of bias, facts vs. opinions, etc.

COMMUNICATION – communicate clearly and effectively using a variety of methods. By the time you complete your education, you will be able to:

  • Orally present your knowledge and ideas effectively to your peers and faculty members
  • Write logically and effectively for diverse audiences
  • Use graphic communications methods appropriate to fisheries and aquaculture audiences
  • Listen effectively to your peers and faculty members and respond appropriately

MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE – recognize the value of, and participate in, multidisciplinary teams. By the time you complete your education, you will:

  • Understand the perspectives and scope of related disciplines, especially resource economics and coastal policy
  • Work effectively as a team member, e.g., in a class with students from other majors
  • Interact effectively with peers and professional in other fields
PERSONAL GROWTH

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES – understand and apply ethical principles to issues, problems, and professional practices. By the time you complete your education, you will:

  • Develop a personal environmental ethic
  • Be conversant in the ethical standards of the American Fisheries Society
  • Understand the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries

GLOBAL AWARENESS – develop an awareness of global community and ecology in their physical, biological, and social dimensions. By the time you complete your education you will:

  • Become familiar with Earth systems and the manner in which they have been modified by human activity over time, especially with regard to fisheries and aquaculture
  • Recognize and appreciate the diversity of human cultures and their relationships to local and global ecosystems

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – develop a sense of responsibility to self, community, and society. By the time you complete your education, you will:

  • Use reflection and self-evaluation to set goals for personal improvement
  • Recognize the value and benefits of being a contributing member of your community and society
  • Understand and respect differences among diverse populations

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