PhD program 

Overview

Students in the Ph.D. program must pass a comprehensive general exam on coursework, general knowledge, and critical thinking ability; an oral exam is required, and a written exam may also be administered at the examining committee’s discretion. A dissertation is required. Students are required to present a 30-45 minute public seminar in defense of their dissertation research prior to a comprehensive final oral exam with the student’s examining committee.


Animal Sciences, PhD

The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied. At least one of the graduate faculty members in addition to the major advisor must be from the School.

The PhD degree is a research degree requiring a dissertation project. Coursework to be taken for the PhD degree must be approved by the student’s advisory committee and the graduate dean. A minimum of 9 hours of dissertation (ANSC 9000) is required; a minimum of 54 credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree must be taken, which can include up to 30 hours of credit transferred en bloc from a master’s program at another institution. Students earning the M.S. degree at LSU and progressing to the PhD program may apply up to 36 credits from the M.S. towards the 54-credit minimum.

The curricular requirements include:

  • At least two hours of seminar (ANSC 7091 or equivalent)
  • No more than 6 hours of ANSC 7061 can be applied to the degree

Students in the PhD program must pass a comprehensive general exam on coursework, general knowledge, and critical thinking ability; an oral exam is required, and a written exam may also be administered at the examining committee’s discretion. A dissertation is required. Students are required to present a 30-45 minute public seminar in defense of their dissertation research prior to a comprehensive final oral exam with the student’s examining committee.

  •  ANSC 7091 Seminar (1)
  •  ANSC 7900 Special Topics in Animal Science (1-6)
  •  ANSC 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.)
  •  ANSC 9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.)

  • ANSC 7001 Experimental Methods (2)
  • ANSC 7018 Rumen Physiology and Metabolism (3) – only offered every other year or as needed
  •  ANSC 7052 Biotechnology of Gamete and Embryo Physiology and Micromanipulation (4) – Even number years.
  • ANSC 7061 Research in Animal Science (1-6)

  • ANSC 7004 Population Genetics in Animal and Plant Breeding (4)
  • ANSC 7040 Animal Epigenetics (3)
  •  ANSC 7051 Advanced Physiology of Reproduction (3) – Odd number years

Admission

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the School of Animal Sciences for each semester (fall, spring, summer). Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, acceptable GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

When all admission requirements are met, full admission will be considered by the graduate faculty members in the prospective student’s area of interest. Final admittance to the program must be supported by a member of the graduate faculty in the school, thus students are encouraged to communicate with faculty directly about the possibility of working in a faculty member’s program. If a student does not meet all requirements, he or she may be admitted provisionally (e.g., on probation if the GPA is not 3.0 or better).


Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to some students. Support may be available through the school or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Assistantships are awarded through faculty members, so applicants should contact individual faculty members concerning the availability of funding. Students on assistantship receive full tuition waivers but are responsible for university fees. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted as early as possible before the actual admitting semester.

GRADUATE CATALOG

LSU GRADUATE school

LSU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

Phil Elzer
Director, School of Animal Sciences
PElzer@agcenter.lsu.edu
225-578-3421

Kenneth R. Bondioli
Graduate Coordinator, School of Animal Sciences
KBondioli@agcenter.lsu.edu 
225-578-3442


Graduate Faculty

Kenneth R. Bondioli
Reproductive physiology/biotechnology; embryo biotechnology

Richard K. Cooper
Animal diseases

Philip H. Elzer
Infectious diseases

Xing Fu
Muscle biology

Jerome F. La Peyre
Oyster diseases

Kenneth W. McMillin
Meat properties, processing, and packaging; food safety; goat meat

Zongliang Jiang
Molecular genetics, bioinformatics

Vinicius R. Moreira
Dairy cattle nutrition and management

Christine B. Navarre
Extension veterinarian, animal health and diseases

Erin L. Oberhaus
Equine reproduction, ovarian function

Neely L. Walker
Equine extension

Cathleen C. Williams
Dairy calf and heifer nutrition, dairy management