The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied. At least one of the graduate faculty members in addition to the major advisor must be from the School.
Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. The thesis option requires a thesis research project; a minimum of 30 hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned including a maximum of six hours of credit for the thesis (ANSC 8000 ).
The curricular requirements include:
- At least 15 hours at the 7000 level or above; no more than six hours of ANSC 7061 Research in Animal Science (1-6) may be applied to the degree.
- At least one hour of seminar (ANSC 7091 ).
- All coursework must be approved by the student’s examining committee.
For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required; at least half of the 36 hours (18 hours or more) must be at the 7000-level. Up to six hours of ANSC 7061 Research in Animal Science (1-6) may be applied to the degree and towards the 7000 level requirement. All coursework must be approved by the student’s examining committee.
Thesis option students are required to present a 30-45 minute public seminar in defense of their thesis research prior to a comprehensive final oral exam with the student’s examining committee. Non-thesis option students must pass a comprehensive final oral exam administered by the student’s examining committee; a written portion of the final exam may also be required by the committee.