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Animal ScienceCertificates

Start or advance your career with a one-year animal science certificate at Aims. Certificates let you build credit toward a degree program or refresh and sharpen skills for your career.

These one-year certificate programs prepare you for entry-to-mid-level positions in the agriculture and meat industries working in dairy and feed yards or retail agricultural businesses.

Introduction to Animal Science Certificate

This introductory certificate teaches the basics of animal science theory and practice. Study livestock breeding and handling, feeds and feeding, and farm and ranch management.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Studies the basic fundamentals of livestock production pertaining to principles of breeding, genetics, nutrition, health, and physiology of beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horses. Focuses on the Animal Science Industry in general and each species industry in regard to history, current situation, and future direction. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the basic nutrients, common feeds and feed additives, anatomy of digestive systems, and basic feeding practices for beef, sheep, and dairy. The lab portion of the class is devoted to calculating and balancing rations to fulfill nutrient requirements for farm animals for growth, finishing, reproduction, lactation, work, and wool production. Explores least cost ration balancing on the computer.Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Provides students with practical experience in applying principles of economics, business, marketing and finance to the management of a farm/ranch operation. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 13

Animal Science Certificate

Learn the animal science fundamentals of livestock breeding and handling. Study farm animal anatomy and physiology, feeds and feeding, carcass evaluation and farm and ranch management.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Studies the basic fundamentals of livestock production pertaining to principles of breeding, genetics, nutrition, health, and physiology of beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horses. Focuses on the Animal Science Industry in general and each species industry in regard to history, current situation, and future direction. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the basic nutrients, common feeds and feed additives, anatomy of digestive systems, and basic feeding practices for beef, sheep, and dairy. The lab portion of the class is devoted to calculating and balancing rations to fulfill nutrient requirements for farm animals for growth, finishing, reproduction, lactation, work, and wool production. Explores least cost ration balancing on the computer.Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Introduces students to the basic concepts of farm animal anatomy and physiology with emphasis on concepts relating to nutrition, reproduction, immunology, and growth of the basic farm species. Anatomy & Physiology is taught in the context of applying basic principles to production practices in the industry including reproductive management, livestock nutrition management, and animal health practices.  Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Explores meat carcass evaluation and the related yield and quality grading system. Emphasizes selection of breeding stock based on performance data. Covers comparative selection, grading, and judging of market and breeding classes of livestock based on knowledge of phenotype, performance, information, and/or carcass merit. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides students with practical experience in applying principles of economics, business, marketing and finance to the management of a farm/ranch operation. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
Total Credits for Certificate 19