Companion Animal Science (11:067:250)

(3 credits)

Typically Offered: Fall semester with Dr. Perri Stark.

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: No prerequisites. Open to all except seniors.

Format: Class meets twice per week for an 80 minute lecture.

Description: This course provides students an understanding and appreciation for the bond between humans and animals and for the responsibilities of animal care and ownership in current society. Course topics include: domestication, anatomy, behavior, physiology, nutrition, health, and diseases of companion animals. Opportunities in animal-oriented careers are presented. Companion animal issues, such as legal and societal issues will be discussed.

"This course meets the Core Curriculum requirement for Natural Sciences [NS].  On completion, students will be able to understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences, and also to explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis."

Examinations:Three hourly exams are given; two during the lecture period and one during finals week. Unannounced quizzes and other assignments will be given.

Additional Information: Contact Perri Stark (

Syllabus (may be subject to change)