Animal Biology

(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

Department. Entomology & Nematology

The Major. https://abi.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/

The Major Program

The Animal Biology major offers students training in the biological and natural sciences as they apply to animals. The major covers basic biological sciences foundational to understanding animal evolution, systematics, ecology, physiology and molecular biology. Students in the Animal Biology major are encouraged to think beyond particular groups of animals in which they are interested and to consider science as a process and a way of learning new things about them, and of advancing society. The program emphasizes biological principles used in research and in solving societal conflicts with animals in agriculture, urban areas, or natural environments.

The Program. The major consists of core courses in the sciences that build an understanding of animal biology from the molecular to the ecological and evolutionary levels of organization. After completing these core courses, students chose an interdisciplinary practicum project from general animal biology, predicated on their ultimate career goals. They plan this emphasis of study in a required discussion-seminar course and in consultation with a mentor. The program includes a senior thesis, which each student employs the process and principles of science to propose and carry out the practicum project they choose, integrating the disciplines of the major. The Animal Biology major emphasizes research in biological principles as opposed to animal care and husbandry.

Practicum Research & Career Alternatives. The Animal Biology program and professional research interests of each student guides him or her in Practicum and career choices. On- and off-campus Practicum research opportunities occur in research laboratories, at field situations, in zoos and public aquariums, with governmental agencies, national and state parks with private industry, and in international programs. A degree in Animal Biology prepares students for careers in research, teaching, academia, governmental regulation, health, or agriculture where these emphasize integrative biology of animals. Careers in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry and animal management remain open to Animal Biology majors as well, however, other preparation may be required. Students in the major focus on gaining research experience, and  become well prepared to continue their training at the graduate or professional level in a variety of biological disciplines.

Master Advisor. R. Kimsey

Major Advisor. E. Galvan Hack

Advising Center for the major, including peer advising, is located in 150 and Academic Advisor located in 160 Hutchison Hall; 530-754-7277; abi-advising@ucdavis.edu.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 69-74
Biological Science
15
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution (Active)
5
BIS 002C
Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life (Active)
5
Chemistry
21-23
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002C
General Chemistry (Active)
5
Choose a series:
6-8
CHE 008A
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
2
CHE 008B
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
4
CHE 118A
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences (Active)
4
CHE 118B
Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences (Active)
4
Mathematics; choose a series:
9-12
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016C
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 017A
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017B
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017C
Calculus for Biology & Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021C
Calculus (Active)
4
Physics
12
PHY 007A
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007B
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007C
General Physics (Active)
4
Statistics; choose one:
4
STA 013
Elementary Statistics (Active)
4
STA 100
Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (Active)
4
Animal Biology
8
ABI 050A
Animal Biology Laboratory (Active)
2
ABI 050B
Animal Biology (Active)
3
ABI 050C
Animal Biology (Active)
3
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 29-36
Animal Biology
5
ABI 187
Animal Biology Seminar (Active)
2
ABI 189
Senior Practicum (Active)
2
ABI 189D
Senior Practicum Discussion (Active)
1
Biological Science
4
BIS 101
Genes & Gene Expression (Active)
4
Choose a series:
6-10
ABI 102
Animal Biochemistry & Metabolism (Active)
5
ABI 103
Animal Biochemistry & Metabolism (Active)
5
BIS 102
Structure & Function of Biomolecules (Active)
3
BIS 103
Bioenergetics & Metabolism (Active)
3
Choose one:
3-5
NPB 101
Systemic Physiology (Active)
5
NPB 117
Avian Physiology (Active)
3
ENT 102
Insect Physiology (Active)
4
WFC 121
Physiology of Fishes (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
APC 100
Comparative Vertebrate Organology (Active)
4
ENT 101
Functional Insect Morphology (Active)
3
NPB 123
Comparative Vertebrate Organology (Active)
4
Evolution & Ecology
4
EVE 100
Introduction to Evolution (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ESP 100
General Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 121
Population Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 101
Introduction to Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 102
Population & Quantitative Genetics (Active)
4
Restricted Electives
Units: 25
Focused specialty upper division courses as outlined in the student's major proposal (from ABI 187) with approval of an advisor.
 
Total: 123-135
Courses in ABI:
ABI 050AAnimal Biology Laboratory (2) Active
Lecture/Lab—4 hour(s). Scientific methods for answering questions in animal biology by doing exercises to demonstrate hypothesis testing and reporting, short laboratory, population and field experiments. Maintain notebooks, analyze data, interpret results and write reports. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 050BAnimal Biology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 001A; BIS 001B (can be concurrent). Basic biological disciplines important to an understanding of practical animal biology issues including the evolution of animal groups, genetic mechanisms, animal physiology as it relates to maintenance and production, and aspects of comparative anatomy, behavior and ecology. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 050CAnimal Biology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 001B; BIS 001C; ABI 050A; ABI 050B. Animal management and conservation. Societal concerns arising from management and conservation issues, including economics, aesthetics, regulations, safety, public perspectives and advocacy (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 092Intership in Animal Biology (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Office, laboratory or fieldwork off or on campus in research, governmental regulation, policy making, and private enterprise dealing with animal related issues of production, welfare, pest management, biodiversity and the environment. All requirements of Internship Approval Request form must be met. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 099Special Study for Unergraduate (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 102Animal Biochemistry & Metabolism (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (CHE 002A, CHE 002B, CHE 008A, CHE 008B) or (CHE 118A, CHE 118B). Water and biological buffers; thermodynamics of metabolism; structure and function of biomolecules; enzyme kinetics and function; membrane biology; digestion and absorption; carbohydrate metabolism. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 102. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 103Animal Biochemistry & Metabolism (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABI 102 or BIS 102. Physiological function and metabolism of lipids and amino acids; integrative metabolism; biochemical basis for nutrient requirements; structure and function of vitamins; mineral metabolism and requirements. Not open for credit to students who have completed BIS 103. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 187Animal Biology Seminar (2) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Junior standing. Seminar leading to development of the Major Proposal for the Animal Biology major. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ABI 189Senior Practicum (2) Active
Independent Study—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABI 050A; ABI 050B; ABI 050C; ABI 187; Junior standing. Practicum may be an experimental research project, a library research project or some other creative activity that will serve as a capstone experience for the Animal Biology major. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 189DSenior Practicum Discussion (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ABI 050A; ABI 050B; ABI 050C; ABI 187; ABI 189 (can be concurrent); Junior standing. Helps prevent or solve problems during the students' senior practicum activity. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 192Internship in Animal Biology (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 84 units. Office, laboratory or fieldwork off or on campus in research, governmental regulations, policy making, and private enterprise dealing with animal related issues of production, welfare, pest management, biodiversity and the environment. All requirements of Intership Approval Request form must be met. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
ABI 199Special Study for Advanced Unergratuate (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.