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Animal Science

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A student works with a horseA degree in Animal Science combines different disciplines - animal nutrition, genetics, behavior, production, and reproductive physiology - with hands on, practical applications for the livestock and companion animal industries.

Animal Science prepares students for many career opportunities.

The major coursework combines theory and practical applications for all of the species common to the livestock industries. The flexibility of the Animal Science curriculum is the basis for student learning and understanding. In today's technology-driven world, the ability to integrate scientific knowledge with the principles of business is what allows our students to respond to the rapid changes they will face in their future careers.

Bakersfield College offers students the opportunity to earn Associate of Science or Associate of Arts Degrees in Animal Science. In addition, students may prepare to pursue a Degree of Veterinary Medicine or Registered Veterinary Technician (see Pre-Veterinary Medicine page).

Students work with a cowWhere's the Beef?? 

The production of wholesome, safe food, is more important than ever and demand for food world wide will double in the next few decades.

Courses in Beef, Swine, Sheep, and Dairy Production address the issues and skills needed to work in the meat and food scienceindustries.

Bakersfield College students gain practical, hands on experience and academic knowledge to pursue careers in Food Science, Livestock Production, Veterinary Medicine, AgriBusiness, and more....  

 

Classes

ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science (3 units)

A survey of the livestock industry, animal uses and products. Emphasis is on the origin, characteristics, adaptation, production and contribution of the major farm animals and their relationship to the agriculture industry and human culture development. Recommended: Reading Level 5. Hours: 54 lect, 36 lab. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. BC GE B.1

ANSC B2 Beef Production (3 units)

Defines and Appraises all segments of the beef industry focusing on production, reproduction, marketing, and processing. History and development of important breeds and their contribution to the U.S. beef industry will be emphasized. Selection, nutrition health management, handling, and processing will be defined, analyzed, and applied. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B3 Sheep Production (3 units)

Defines and appraises all segments of the sheep industry focusing on production, reproduction, marketing, and wool. History and development of important breeds and their contributions to the U.S. sheep industry will be emphasized. Selection, nutrition, health management, handling, and processing will be defined, analyzed, and applied. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges

ANSC B4 Dairy Production (3 units)

Defines and appraises all segments of the dairy industry focusing on production, reproduction, marketing and milk/ dairy processing. History and development of important breeds and their contribution to the U.S. dairy industry will be emphasized. Selection, nutrition, health management, handling, and processing will be defined, analyzed and applied. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B5 Swine Production (3 units)

Application of the principles of nutrition, physiology, herd selection, breeding, and marketing to swine production and management. Structure of the industry, enterprise establishment, systems of production, production practices and herd improvement programs will be discussed. Evaluation of production responses and economic returns will be defined, analyzed, and applied. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and algebra. Hours: 36 lect. 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B6 Applied Animal Nutrition (4 units)

Covers fundamentals of feeding livestock, including feed composition, feed nutrients and values, digestive systems of major livestock species and their utilization of feedstuffs, ration balancing, computer analysis of feed, and least cost formulation. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 54 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Offered: S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges

ANSC B7 Animal Diseases (3 units)

Covers major, common diseases of farm livestock, focusing on the cause, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the specific diseases. Students will learn fundamentals of the immune system and use of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Safe use, particularly in food animals, is stressed. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B10 Horse Production (3 units)

Defines and appraises all segments of the horse industry focusing on production, reproduction, selection, nutrition, behavior, handling, and safety. History and the development of important breeds and their contribution to the U.S. horse industry will be emphasized. Recommended: Reading Level 5 and Algebra. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU ad Private colleges.

ANSC B11 Livestock Selection and Evaluation (3 units)

Application of objective and subjective measurements to establish economic value of livestock (includes use of ultrasound technology). Establishes the relationship of live animal traits to carcass quality and yield, production efficiency, breeding and market stock performance, and production records. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Repeat: 3. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

ANSC B20 Companion Animal Care (4 units)

Introduction to basic care and handling of common domestic companion animal species, handling and restraint, nutrition, reproductive processes, anatomy and physiology, diseases and animal/human companionship issues will be stressed. Recommended: Reading Level. Hours: 54 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. Note: Elective credit only

ANSC B22 Animals and Society (3 units)

Deals with the human/animal bond and the positive/ controversial aspects of animals in human lives. Includes topics covering the scientific and psychological implications of animals in our society. Students will encounter and analyze social and ethical issues that affect society and veterinary medicine. Recommended: Reading Level 5. Hours: 54 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. Elective credit only.

ANSC B60 Bovine Reproduction (2 units)

Beef and dairy cattle reproduction management. Emphasis is on semen evaluation, artificial insemination technique, estrus synchronizing, reproductive diseases and embryo development and transfer. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 18 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B71 Diseases of Beef and Dairy Cattle (1 unit)

Common disease problems in beef and dairy cattle with emphasis on Kern County. Includes cause, symptoms, prevention and recommended treatment. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 18 lect. Field trips required. Repeat: 1. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B72 Equine Health (1 unit)

Covers cause, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the major common diseases affecting horses, specifically those of economic importance in California. Emphasizes practical application of therapy in maintaining horse health. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6 and Algebra. Hours: 18 lect and selected field trips. Field trips required. Offered: S. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B74 Equine Nutrition (1 unit)

Designed to meet the needs of horse owners and students seeking the knowledge necessary to meet the nutritional requirements of their horses. Fundamentals of feed values and nutritional requirements of the horse will be covered. Practical application of feed and cost management, as well as discussion of important nutrition related diseases of the horse will be emphasized. Recommended: Reading level 5 or 6 and Algebra. Hours: 18 lect and selected field trips. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B76 Equine Reproduction (1 unit)

Equine Reproductive Management: Emphasis on understanding the male and female equine reproductive tracts, anatomy, physiology, endocrinology of cycles, artificial insemination techniques, embryonic development, and reproductive diseases. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 18 lect. Field trip required. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B78 Horsemanship (2 units)

Instruction in basic horsemanship skills, including handling, grooming and riding English and/or Western style. Course emphasizes safety for horse and riders. No experience, horse, or equipment required. Beginning to advanced riders. Students have option of participating in intercollegiate Horse Show Association competitions. Hours: 108 activity. Field trips required. Repeat: 3. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B80 Introduction to Veterinary Technology (2 units)

An introductory course intended to give the student an overview of statutes, regulations, and ethics pertaining to Registered Veterinary Technicians, and introduction to medical terminology as it pertains to animal health care, and an introduction to record keeping techniques and requirements. Hours: 36 lect. Field trip required. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B82 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals (2 units)

Covers the anatomical and physiological similarities and differences of domestic animals. Integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal and neurological systems. Basic nutritional requirements of domestic animals will be presented in context of relating to development and health. Hours: 36 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B84 Small Animal Diseases (1.5 units)

Presents knowledge of diseases in small animals, including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment programs. Includes instruction in physical diagnosis and discussion of tests and procedures needed for proper diagnosis. Also covers animal husbandry procedures relating to disease prevention. Disease entities to be taught include: infectious, nutritional, endocrine, and metabolic conditions. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 30 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B85 Large Animal Diseases (1.5 units)

Covers diseases in large animals, including diagnosis, prevention, and treatment programs. Includes instruction in physical diagnosis and discussion of tests and procedures needed for proper diagnosis. Instruction in animal husbandry procedures relating to disease prevention is also included. Disease entities taught include infectious, nutritional, endocrine, mechanical and metabolic conditions. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 30 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B86 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians (1.5 units)

Intended to instruct students with required knowledge of pharmacological and biological agents used in veterinary medicine, including calculations, classifications, action, and methods of administration, dispensing and labeling. FDA, USDA, and DEA guidelines regarding restricted and scheduled drugs, as they relate to small animals and residue avoidance in food animals will be discussed. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 30 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B88 Surgery, Dental and Anesthesiology for Veterinary Technicians (1.5 units)

Instruction in the identification and care of instruments, the importance of asepsis and sterilization techniques, surgical pack preparation, and draping techniques. Instruction of surgical and dental procedures and procedures for general and local anesthesia for veterinary medicine will be covered. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 30 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B90 Emergency Medicine, Surgery/Nursing Procedures for Veterinary Technicians (2 units)

Provides the student with knowledge of emergency procedures for veterinary technicians, including client management, triage, supportive therapy, medicine, and surgery for the peracutely ill patient. Nursing procedures as they relate to emergency and non-emergency care will be presented, including bandaging, splinting, casting, and fluid therapy, Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 36 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B92 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians (2 units)

Includes lectures in microbiology, parasitology, cytology, urinalysis, hematology, serology, and pathology. The student will be instructed in normal and abnormal test values. Covers the understanding, reading and application of specific test results. Also covers specimen handling and necropsy techniques. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 36 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B94 Caged Birds, Laboratory, and Exotic Animal Medicine (2 units)

Covers anatomy, physiology, disease descriptions, and identification of caged birds, laboratory, and exotic animals. Instruction in restraint, physical examination, anesthesia, surgery, specimen collection, species identification, and the legal ramifications of owning exotic animals. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 36 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

ANSC B96 Radiology, Ultrasound, and Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technology (1.5 units)

Course is intended to give the student a sound knowledge of the techniques used in physical imaging in veterinary medicine. Includes history, statutes, and regulations, positioning techniques, developing, and film and screen characteristics. Prerequisite: ANSC B80 and B82. Hours: 30 lect. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.

Degrees & Certificates

Bakersfield College offers the following degrees and certificates in Animal Science:

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