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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
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: Survey of the livestock industry, supply of animal products and their uses; special emphasis on the origin, characteristics, adaptation and contributions of farm animals to the global Ag industry; analysis of the economic trends and career opportunities in animal agriculture. Nutrition, digestive systems, breeds, selection, and reproduction are included in course. Field trips may be required.
C-ID: AG + AS 104
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges; BC GE B.1

ANSC B2 Beef Production

3 units
Recommended: Successful completion of ANSC B1 with a grade of C or better and BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: 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.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B3 Sheep Production (3 units)

Description: 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.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B4 Dairy Production

3 units
Description: 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.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B5 Swine Production

3 units
Description: 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.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B6 Applied Animal Nutrition

4 units
Description: 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.
Hours: 54 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B7 Animal Diseases

3 units
Description: Covers major and 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.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B10 Horse Production

3 units
Recommended: Successful completion of ANSC B1 with a grade of C or better and BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: Survey of the equine industry, encompassing the evolution and role of the equine species throughout history, breed selection and development, nutrition, disease, preventative health, reproductive management, basic horsemanship, and stabling alternatives. Lab required. Field Trips may be required.
C-ID: AG-AS 116L
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B11 Livestock Selection and Evaluation

3 units
Description: Detailed analysis of visual, analytical, and physical methods of appraising beef, sheep, swine and horses concerning functional and economic value; written and oral summaries of evaluation; specific reference made to performance data and factors determining carcass value. Lab required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

ANSC B22 Animals and Society

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: Deals with the human/animal bound 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.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

ANSC B48WE Occupational Work Experience Education

1-8 units
Prerequisites: Declared major or occupational goal and evaluation of student’s qualifications and objectives.
Description: College credit for animal science related learning experiences obtained on the job in accordance with a training plan developed cooperatively between the employer, college, and student. Occupational work experience credit may accrue at the rate of 1 to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units, and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. Repetition allowed per Title 5 55253.
Hours: Non-paid 60 hours for each 1 unit (60 - 480). Paid 75 hours for each 1 unit (75 - 600).
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

ANSC B83 Introduction to Veterinary Technology

4 units
Description: Introductory course designed to orientate and instruct students in knowledge required for success in advanced veterinary technology courses. Topics include: anatomy and physiology of domestic animals (Integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, and neurological systems), nutrition, pharmacology, basics of chemistry, biology, microbiology, (including cellular anatomy/physiology), genetics and heredity, and career opportunities. Medical terminology, regulations, office management and record keeping skills are also covered, as they pertain to working in a veterinary practice. Field trips may be required. Occupational Education.
Note: formerly ANSC B80 and ANSC B82.
Hours: 72 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

ANSC B84 Small Animal Diseases

1.5 units
Prerequisites: ANSC B83 with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Description: Presents knowledge of diseases in small domestic animals, including prevention and treatment programs. Includes instruction in physical diagnosis and discussion of tests and procedures needed for proper diagnosis that the technician uses to assist veterinarian. Also covers animal husbandry procedures relating to disease prevention. Disease entities to be taught include: mechanical, genetic, infectious, nutritional, endocrine, and metabolic conditions.
Hours: 27 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree Applicable

ANSC B85 Large Animal Diseases

1.5 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grades of C or better.
Description: 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 nursing and husbandry procedures relating to disease prevention will also be included. Disease entities taught include infectious, nutritional, endocrine, mechanical and metabolic conditions.
Hours: 27 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

ANSC B86 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians

1.5 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with a grade of C or better.
Description: 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. Dosages, agents, and administration of pharmaceuticals are covered.
Hours: 27 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

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

1.5 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grade of C or better.
Description: Instruction in the identification and care of instruments, the importance of asepsis and sterilization techniques, surgical pack preparation, anesthetic instrumentation, induction and monitoring, surgical nursing, assisting and instrumentation, and suturing techniques used in veterinary medicine.
Hours: 27 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

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

2 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grade of C or better.
Description: Provides the student with knowledge required to recognized and provide emergency and critical care to veterinary patient, including establishing a patent airway, administering oxygen, controlling hemorrhage, performing CPR, and stabilizing patient to prevent and/or treat shock.
Hours: 36 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

ANSC B92 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians

2 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grade of C or better.
Description: Course covers biology, microbiology, parasitological cytology, urinalysis, hematology, serology, and pathology necessary for a career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The student will be instructed in normal and abnormal test values. Course covers the understanding, reading and application of specific test results, as well as specimen handling and necropsy techniques.
Hours: 36 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

ANSC B94 Caged Birds, Lab, and Exotic Animal Medicine

2 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grade of C or better.
Description: Covers anatomy, physiology, disease descriptions, and identification of caged birds, lab, and exotic animals. Instruction in restraint, physical examination, anesthesia, surgery, specimen collection, species identification, and the legal ramifications of owning exotic animals.
Hours: 36 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

ANSC B96 Radiology, Ultrasound, and Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technology

1.5 units
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either ANSC B83 or both ANSC B80 and ANSC B82 with grade of C or better.
Description: 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. Instruction includes knowledge for preparing patient for imaging (radiograph and ultrasonography), positioning patient for imaging, safety during imaging, processing images/radiographic film, and maintenance of imaging equipment.
Hours: 27 lecture
Transferable: Not transferable. Degree applicable.

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