Typically Offered: Fall and Spring semesters
Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: No prerequisites
Format: Class meets twice per week for an 80-minute lecture.
Description: This course presents fundamental principles and functions important in the companion animal science industry. The scientific underpinnings of modern companion animal science are presented, with emphasis on nutrition, reproduction, animal domestication, evolution, and behavior as well as health and disease management. The biological and economic structure of various companion animal industries (dogs and cats, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and lagomorphs) are presented.
"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/Grading: Three hourly exams are given, with the third exam given during finals week. Unannounced quizzes and other assignments will be given. Assessment will also include class participation and pop quizzes.