Typical Course of Study

Accelerated (5th year) Master of Science Degree with a thesis

Transfer in 6 graduate level credits and have experience in the area you are planning to pursue.

Summer 1
 
Research - no credits  
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Journal Club      1     Journal Club      1
    Seminar      1     Seminar      1
    ABBS  Major Course    3-4     ABBS Core Course      3
    Thesis Reseach      5     Independent Study
 (ANIMLSCI 696 literature review for thesis)
   3-4
         Thesis Research      5
                        Total   10-11                                                      Total   13-14
Committee should be
formed and should meet
     
Summer 2   Complete Research and Defend Thesis  

Traditional Master of Science Degree with a thesis

Year 1      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Journal Club     1     Journal Club     1
    Seminar     1     Seminar     1
    ABBS Major Course   3-4     ABBS Core Course   3-4
    Thesis Research     4     Thesis Research     5
                        Total   9-10                                                       Total 10-11
    Committee Formed       Committee meets
    before third semester
 
Summer      
    Research      
Year 2      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Journal Club     1  Committee meets at beginning of
semester and thesis outline is presented.
 
    Seminar     1  Independent Study
(ANIMLSCI 696 Literature review for thesis)
 
    ANIMLSCI 697S     1   Write Thesis  
    Thesis Research     5    
                         Total     8                                                        Total   3-4
Summer      
    Defend Thesis      

Traditional Master of Science Degree without a thesis

Year 1      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Journal Club     1     Journal Club     1
    Seminar     1     Seminar     1
    ABBS Major Course    3-4     ABBS Core Course     1
    Independent Study     4     Independent Study     5
                                Total   9-10                            Total   10-11
    Committee Formed       Committee meets before
    third semester
 
Summer      
    Research      
Year 2      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    Journal Club     1     Journal Club     1
    Seminar     1     Seminar     1
    ANIMLSCI 697S     1    
    Independent Study     5    
    ABBS Major Course     3     Presentation to Committee  
                              Total    11                                     Total     2
May Graduation      

Doctor of Philosphy Degree

Year 1      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    ABBS Journal Club      1    ABBS Journal Club     1
    ABBS Seminar      1    ABBS Seminar     1
    ABBS Major* Course    3-4    ABBS Major* Course   3-4

    Independent Study
         (PhD rotation)

     6    Independent Study
         (PhD rotation)
    6
                                 Total  11-12                                              Total  11-12
Year 2      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    ABBS Journal Club     1     ABBS Journal Club     1
    ABBS Seminar     1     ABBS Seminar     1
    ABBS Core* Course   3-4     ABBS Core* Course   3-4
    Dissertation Research     9     Dissertation Research     9
    ANIMLSCI 697S     1    
        First Committee meeting  
        Preliminary Comprehensive
         exam by September
 
                                 Total 15-16                                               Total 14-15
Year 3      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    ABBS Journal Club     1     ABBS Journal Club     1
    ABBS Seminar     1     ABBS Seminar     1
    ABBS Major* Course   3-4     Optional ABBS Major* Course   3-4
    Dissertation Research       Dissertation Research  
    Prospectus Outline by
        September
     
                                 Total   7-8                                               Total 11-12
Year 4 and onwards      
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
    ABBS Journal Club     1     ABBS Journal Club     1
    ABBS Seminar     1     ABBS Seminar     1
    Dissertation Research       Dissertation Research  
        Committee meets each year  
                                 Total     2                                               Total     2

* Major and Core courses can be taken in any order, but two Core and three Major courses must be completed.
  

  • Students work full time on their research projects under the guidance of their Major Professor regardless of the number of credits they are registered for.
  • Students in good standing can obtain an Enrollment Status Override each semester which maintains full time status even when the number of credits taken is below 9 in a given semester.  Note: The university “Service Fee” increases with 5-8 credits, and again with more than 9 credits.  University residency requirement is 2 consecutive semesters enrolled in 9 or more credits (Fall/Spring semesers only). If taking a 4 credit course, registering for journal club is not required (but participation is).
  • Students that receive TA or RA positions have tuition waived (but not fees).
  • Students are required to attend Departmental Seminars (ANIMLSCI 792) even when not registered.