B.Sc. Animal Sciences

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October 1, 2020
4 years (8 Semesters)




The Department of Animal Science & Technology (DANST) is the brain trust of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (STANR) in the domain of animal protein.

The Mission

The mission of DANST is to prepare future animal scientists to graduate with sufficient intellectual, technical and environmental appropriation of all required aspects of Animal Production and Health Management, Animal Product Technology, Aquaculture and Fisheries, and Domestication of Nonconventional Livestock.

The Vision

To enhance the quality of human life, through developing Animal Science to ensure the sustainability of production systems and to conserve the natural resources, animals and environment for future generations, as well as to inform public understanding as well as cooperate with other institutions with the aim of blossoming as a center of excellence in our various specialties.

Our goal is for our graduates to become self-emulating in livestock, poultry and fishery enterprises keeping in mind their motive to remain responsible, up-to-date and problem-solving crafters. More specifically, DANST aims to:

  • Develop programmes as well as routine updates in the areas of Animal Science, Animal Products, Agricultural Biochemistry/Biotechnology, Agricultural Chemistry, and Specialist extension and Mini livestock conservation
  • Turn out production-oriented graduates in our field through practical oriented and, local and international relevance, capacity building and training
  • Produce personnel who are capable of teaching, initiating and, conducting environmentally relevant and sustainable research
  • Produce graduates for both public and private sectors, as well as successful entrepreneurs.
  • Produce extension workers, to organize extension linkages and activities. Organize gender studies in our field and collaborations including on-farm, on-village on-urban adaptive research
  • Carry out research in various aspects of our field including collaboration and external linkages.
  • Engage in Local and International related shows, exhibitions, exchanges, programmes and academic linkages
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of scientific, social and educational problems relevant to the development of animal production and health, Food Science and Technology, Agric Biochemistry and Nutrition, among others.
  • Support the publication of scientific and educational materials related to our discipline, and establish a Documentation Centre and data bank on tropical Animal Science.

Our Strategies:

The Department is envisaged to create and maintain a rare collection of poultry breeds including layer and broiler grandparent stocks, Turkey, Guinea Fowl, Quails and Pigeons and a hatchery at the department premises. A Livestock Field Station will be established based on the principles of integration to maintain dairy cattle, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, swine, fresh water fish, guinea pigs and micro livestock species including deer, crocodiles, porcupine, snails, cane rats and wild pigs.

Research programmes of the Department will be focused directly on livestock development of the country at both national and small farmer levels. The major areas of research interests are: Reproduction, lactation and environmental physiology; processing, quality control and development of various meat and dairy products; livestock based farming systems including duck-fish integration systems; genetic evaluation and genetic diversity of livestock breeds and crosses; investigation of nutritive and supplementation values of tree fodders and legume based pastures; evaluation of rabbits and micro-livestock for meat production; and aquaculture and fisheries.

Laboratory facilities of the Department shall in future include a feed and herbage laboratory which is well equipped to carry out feed analysis, a digestibility and metabolism research unit for ruminants, a physiology laboratory for blood metabolite analysis, semen evaluation and radio immunoassay studies on reproduction and lactation physiology, a dairy and meat product technology laboratory, an arboretum and pasture museum, and aquaculture facilities.

QUALIFICATION OFFERED: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)Degree in Animal Science

Objectives of the Degree Programme

  1. To produce skilled graduates who will be able to apply modern technology to breed and rear animals including fish and other aquatic species at commercial scale, participate in marine fishing and processing, preserve and market fish in large scale for human consumption and other purposes.
  2. To train potential animal scientists, equipping them with knowledge and ability to competently work in all areas of the rapidly expanding animal industry.

Areas of Specialization

Students will specialize in one of the following two areas:

  1. Animal Science
  2. Fisheries

Duration of the Programme: Four years

Requirements for Graduation

Students working towards the degree must earn at least 240 credits. A minimum cumulative grade point average of GPA.2.0 is required for graduation.

Course Layout for Animal Sciences

After the above mentioned general courses to be taken during the first and second year by all students of the School of Tropical Agriculture and Natural Resources, those in the Department of Animal Sciences shall also take the courses listed below during their third and fourth years. Meanwhile, depending on whether they are specializing in Animal Production or Fisheries, they shall also take courses from amongst those listed as Specialty Paths, hereafter, to complete their course load for the different semesters.

OPTION: B.Sc. Degree in Animal Science

Level 300 – First Semester course layout

Course Code Course Title Credit Value Status L T P Prerequisite
Elective courses
ANS 3101 Introduction to Animal Biotechnology 2 E 20 00 00 All previous ANS subjects
AEE 3105 Economics of crop and livestock production 3 E 20 10 00 AEM 2201; AEE 2202
Core courses
ANS 3102 Fundamentals of Reproductive Physiology 4 C 30 10 00 ANS 2103; ANS 1201
ANS 3103 Diseases of Livestock & Fishery (Including biosecurity measures) 4 C 20 10 10 ANS 2102;ANS2103
ANS 3104 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4 C 30 05 05 ANS 2202; ANS 2103
ANS 3106 Water Development and Management 3 C 20 00 10 AME 2101
ANS 3107 Poultry Production and Management 4 C 30 05 05 All previous ANS subjects
ANS 3108 Pigs and Rabbits Production and Management 6 C 50 05 05 All previous ANS subjects
AGN 3103 Research Methods and Experimental Designs in Agronomy 4 C 30 05 05
Total 34   250 55 35  

C = Core Course; E= Elective; L = Lecture Hours, T = Tutorial Hours, P = Practical Hours

Level 300 – Second Semester course layout

Course Code Course Title Credit Value Status L T P Prerequisite
Elective courses
ANS 3210 Livestock, Poultry and Fishery Production & Management (For Agric economic students). 4 E 30 10 00 ANS 2102
Core courses
ANS 3201 Introduction to Livestock and Fishery products (Grading/Evaluation) 4 C 30 00 10 ANS 2103; ANS3107; ANS3108
ANS 3202 Behavior of Domestic Animals 4 C 30 00 10 ANS 2103; ANS3107; ANS3108;
ANS 3203 Environmental Livestock Physiology 3 C 20 10 00 ANS 2103; ANS 2202
ANS 3204 Fundamentals of Livestock housing and infrastructure 4 C 30 00 10 MAT1103; ANS 1202;APL 1201
ANS 3206 Marine & Fresh Waters Biology & Ecology 4 C 30 10 00 ANS 2103; ANS3106;
ANS 3207 Livestock Wastes Management & Recycling 3 C 20 10 00 All ANS subjects
ANS 3208 Non-conventional Livestock Production and Management(Cane rats, Guinea pigs, Quail, Snail, Guinea fowl) 4 C 30 00 10 ANS 1101
ANS 3209 Introduction to Animal Breeding 3 C 20 10 00 MAT1103; ANS 1101
Total 33   240 50 40  

C = Core Course; E= Elective; L = Lecture Hours, T = Tutorial Hours, P = Practical Hours

 Level 400 – First Semester course layout

Course Code Course Title Credit Value Status L T P Prerequisite
Elective course
AGN 3103 Research Methods and Experimental Designs in Agronomy 4 C 30 05 05
AEE 4121 Entrepreneurship & Business Management 4 E 30 00 10 AEM 2201; AEM 2202
Core courses
ANS 4101 Cattle (Beef & Dairy) Production and Management 4 C 30 05 05 ANS 1101; ANS 2103
ANS 4102 Small Ruminant (Sheep and Goats) Production & Management 4 C 30 05 05 ANS 1101; ANS 2103
ANS 4103 Apiculture and Nature Conservation 3 C 20 00 10 WLF 1201; ANS 1101
ANS 4104 Ranch/Pasture Production Management & Utilization 4 C 30 00 10 ANS 1101; WLF 1201
ANS 4105 Livestock project Development, management and Evaluation 3 C 20 10 00
ANS 4106 Fishing Techniques and Gear Technology 2 C 10 00 10 ANS 3206
ANS 4107 Aquaculture 3 C 20 00 10 ANS3206
ANS 4108 General Animal Welfare and Bioethics 3 C 20 05 05 All ANS subjects
Total 30   240 30 70  

C = Core Course; E= Elective; L = Lecture Hours, T = Tutorial Hours, P = Practical Hours

Level 400 – Second Semester course layout

Course Code Course Title Credit Value Status L T P Prerequisite
Elective courses
AEE 4201 Agricultural Policy 4 E 30 00 10
Core courses
ANS 4201 Production & Management of Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Donkeys 4 C 30 00 10 ANS 1101; ANS 2103
ANS 4202 Feed Mill Management and Livestock & Fishery Feed Formulation 5 C 30 05 15 All ANS subjects
ANS 4203 Evaluation and Grading of Livestock & Fishery 2 C 15 00 15
ANS 4204 Evaluation & Grading of Life Ruminant Livestock, Fishery& Wildlife 3 C 15 00 15 ANS 2103; ANS4101; ANS 4102
ANS 4208 Student Research Project, Write-up and Defence 12 C 00 00 120 All previous ANS subjects
Total 31   120 05 185  

C = Core Course; L = Lecture Hours, T = Tutorial Hours, P = Practical Hours