Animal Biology (Graduate Group)

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

James W. Oltjen, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1249 Meyer Hall; 530-752-2382; Fax 530-752-0175; http://animalbiology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://animalbiology.ucdavis.edu/people/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Animal Biology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees. The Animal Biology Graduate Group focuses on integrated animal biology. Each student individually tailors his/her program of study to meet individual needs. The Animal Biology Graduate Group is unique in encouraging a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach involving physiology, nutrition, genetics, ecology and/or behavior within the context of organismal animal biology.

Preparation. Applicants should have undergraduate preparation in a field appropriate to the course of study selected, including upper division coursework in most of the following subjects: biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, physiology, and integrative animal biology such as animal management.

Graduate Advisors. R.C. Hovey, E.A. Maga, C.B. Tucker, J.D. Murray, E.Kebreab, P.J. Ross, S. Meyers, A. Todgham, R. Bellone

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

James W. Oltjen, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1249 Meyer Hall; 530-752-2382; Fax 530-752-0175; http://animalbiology.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://animalbiology.ucdavis.edu/people/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Animal Biology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees. The Animal Biology Graduate Group focuses on integrated animal biology. Each student individually tailors his/her program of study to meet individual needs. The Animal Biology Graduate Group is unique in encouraging a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach involving physiology, nutrition, genetics, ecology and/or behavior within the context of organismal animal biology.

Preparation. Applicants should have undergraduate preparation in a field appropriate to the course of study selected, including upper division coursework in most of the following subjects: biochemistry, genetics, nutrition, physiology, and integrative animal biology such as animal management.

Graduate Advisors. R.C. Hovey, E.A. Maga, C.B. Tucker, J.D. Murray, E.Kebreab, P.J. Ross, S. Meyers, A. Todgham, R. Bellone

Courses in ABG:
ABG 200AIntegrated Animal Biology I (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 101; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent of course; graduate standing. Class size limited to 20 students; Pass One restricted to Animal Biology Graduate Group students. Natural history, management, historical and current uses, and specialized disciplinary features of model and novel animal systems used in research. Development of conceptual approaches in organismal biology to improve experimental design and interpretation of interdisciplinary research studies. (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
ABG 200BIntegrated Animal Biology II (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABG 200A. Limited enrollment; Pass One restricted to Animal Biology Graduate Group students. Natural history, management, historical and current uses, and specialized disciplinary features of model and novel animal systems used in research. Development of conceptual approaches in organismal biology to improve experimental design and interpretation of interdisciplinary research studies. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
ABG 202Grant Procurement and Administration (2) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABG 200B. Class size limited to 12 graduate students; Pass One restricted to Animal Biology Graduate Group students. Topics include: structure of grants, attention to specifications, concise persuasive writing, and grant budgeting. Identify grant opportunities, write a persuasive research grant proposal, and administer grants. (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
ABG 203Advanced Animal Welfare (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Advanced animal welfare. Key concepts used when evaluating and understanding the welfare of animals kept by humans. Topics include animal pain, stress, cognition, motivation and emotions. Critical discussion of primary literature. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) It is offered every other year and the topics are adjusted (as well as updated) so it would be a different course. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
ABG 205Advanced Nutritional Energetics (3) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s); Lecture—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (ABI 102, ABI 103, NPB 101); or the equivalent courses. Class size limited to 30 students. History of nutritional energetics. Evaluation of energy transformations associated with food utilization. Energy expenditures at cellular, tissue, and animal levels as affected by diet and physiological state. Current and future feeding systems. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
ABG 211Advances in Animal Biotechnology and Genetics (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): NPB 121; BIS 101; or Consent of Instructor. Pass One restricted to graduate students. Introduction to advanced techniques used for assisted reproductive technologies in mammals and birds, genetic engineering, gene editing, stem cell biology. Offered in alternate years. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
ABG 250Mathematical Modeling in Biological Systems (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MAT 016A; MAT 016B; STA 100; Or equivalents required; graduate standing; MAT 016C or equivalent recommended; more than one course in statistics recommended; ABI 102 or BIS 102 recommended or equivalent course in biochemistry. Limited enrollment. Model development and evaluation including sensitivity analyses using R. Four principle modeling methodologies included: algebraic functions of biological processes, physiological-based compartmental models, linear programming and meta-analysis. Fundamental background and understanding of mathematical modeling principles in biological systems. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
ABG 255Physiology of the Stress Response (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Definition of Stress; Physiological mechanisms of adaptation to stress; Hormonal control of the systemic stress response; Mechanisms of the cellular stress response; Discussion of current trends in stress physiology and current methods for studying the stress response. (Same course as MCP 255.) (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Summer Session 2.
ABG 290Seminar in Animal Biology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Seminar on advanced topics in animal biology. Presentations by members of the Animal Biology Graduate Group and guest speakers. May be repeated for credit for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
ABG 290CResearch Conference (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Student presentations of research in Animal Biology and discussions among participating students and Animal Biology faculty. May be repeated for credit for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
ABG 298Group Study in Animal Biology (1-5) Active
Lecture. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
ABG 299Research (1-11) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—3-33 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Research with a faculty member in Animal Biology Graduate Group. May be repeated for credit for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2005 Winter Quarter.
ABG 300Methods in Teaching Animal Biology (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Practical experience in the methods and problems of teaching animal biology. Includes analysis of laboratory exercises, discussion of teaching techniques, grading scientific essays, preparing for and conducting discussion or laboratory sections, formulating quiz and exam questions under instructor supervision. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
ABG 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
ABG 401Ethics and Professionalism in Animal Biology (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Restricted to graduate standing; Pass One restricted to Animal Biology graduate group students. Case studies and discussion of ethical and professional issues for animal biologists, including the use of animals in research and teaching, patenting and intellectual property, consulting and conflict of interest, scientific integrity, dealing with the media, and mentoring relationships. (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.