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The Department of Animal Sciences offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree. Fields of specialization include:

-animal breeding and genetics
-animal behavior
-biochemistry
-environmental physiology
-immunobiology
-meat science and muscle biology
-microbiology
-nutrition
-systems of animal management and production
-physiology of lactation
-physiology of reproduction

Beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, and a variety of companion and laboratory animals are available for study.

The genomic and proteomic projects are generating large amounts of complex biological data that require effective storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation. The bioinformatics degree program provides students with the skills necessary to augment the understanding and use of agricultural, biological and medical information and resources through the application of molecular, chemical, physical, computational, statistical, mathematical and informatic techniques. Students interested in this program may come with undergraduate training in one of the following areas:

1. biological and agricultural sciences,
2. statistical, mathematical and computer sciences,
3. informatics and engineering sciences.

Graduates from the Bioinformatics program will be able to integrate basic and applied concepts in the three areas and applied them to biotechnology and medical research.

Master of Science in Bioinformatics, Animal Sciences Concentration
-From the Bioinformatics MS Biology core course list
-From the Bioinformatics MS Bioinformatics core course list
-From the Bioinformatics MS Computer Science core course list (CS 411 or CS 473)
-Graduate seminar (ANSC 590) enrollment is required every semester (max 2 hours can be applied to the degree)
-ANSC 599 Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)
-Electives

Total Hours 36

Other Requirements:
-A concentration is required.
-Minimum Hours Overall Required Within the Unit: 8
-Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
-A comprehensive oral examination concerning the thesis and other areas of Bioinformatics and Animal Sciences is required.
-Thesis Deposit Required: Yes
-Minimum GPA: 3.0

Admission
Emphasis is placed on a student’s interest and ability in research as demonstrated by previous work and letters of recommendation. Admission is possible for spring and summer semesters.

Medical Scholars Program
The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Animal Sciences. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine. Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees. Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.

Graduate Teaching Experience
Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is encouraged as part of the academic work of students in this program.

Financial Aid
Financial aid for graduate students is available in the form of fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, tuition and partial fee waivers, and traineeships. Qualified candidates are considered for financial support upon application. Graduate students making satisfactory progress toward their degrees generally receive a full tuition waiver and a partial fee waiver, as well as a stipend.

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