The University of Arizona

Veterinary Science Courses

ACBS 102L – Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory (1 Unit)
Description:     This course will expose students to various production practices and procedures in the animal industry.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 102R – Introduction to Animal Science (3 Units)
Description:     This course is a comprehensive review of the livestock industries and production procedures. The course is team taught with one lead instructor and is designed to allow faculty who have expertise in the various areas teach about those areas.
Offered:          Fall
 
ACBS 195D- This Wormy World (1 unit)
Description: This Wormy World is a course designed to introduce students to various types of parasites and other infectious agents that affect humans and animals around the world.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 195F– Careers in Veterinary Science (1 Unit)
Description:     A colloquia to introduce the student to the various careers and industries associated with the veterinary science field.
Offered:          Fall
 
ACBS 199– Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 199H– Honors Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 270– Introductory Horse Science (3 Units)
Description:     An introduction to the fundamental aspects of horse science; ownership responsibilities, economics, anatomy, physiological systems and careers in the horse industry.
Offered:          Fall
 
ACBS 293– Internship (1-8 Units)
Description:     Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 299– Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 299H-- Honors Independent Study (3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1 and 2
 
ENTO 310– Living in Symbiosis (3 Units)
Description:     This course will provide an overview of the diversity of associations that exist between microbes and eukaryotic hosts.  The course will span from highly integrated obligatory symbioses to loose associations.  Emphasis will be placed on symbiotic associations with relevance to human medicine, veterinary sciences, and agriculture.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course Requisites:      BIOC 181R or ECOL 181R or MCB 181R or MIC 181R.
 
PLS 312– Animal and Plant Genetics (4 Units)
Description:     The course is designed to help students learn and use the basic concepts of the very broad field of genetics, including the sub-fields of transmission genetics, cytogenetics, cytoplasmic inheritance, quantitative inheritance, population genetics and evolution, and molecular genetics. Students will be able to solve a wide variety of genetics problems by utilizing the basic concepts and selecting an appropriate and effective approach. Students will also acquire some basic laboratory skills that will enhance their understanding of the concepts presented in the course.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLS
Course Requisites:      PLS 130 or PLS 240 or MCB 182R and MCB 182L; CHEM 103A, CHEM 104A.
 
AREC 315– Agribusiness Economics and Management (3 Units)
Description:     Essential economic concepts and analytical tools for agribusiness managers are developed and applied to current business challenges and opportunities.  Emphasis placed on decision tools, budgeting, forecasting, strategy, organization and relationship management.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      ECON 200 or ECON 210A.  At least Junior Status.
 
ACBS 315L– Physiology of Reproduction Laboratory (1 Unit)
Description:     Reproductive anatomy, evaluation, semen collection, artificial insemination, and estrus detection and synchronization. Students will work in small groups for 8 weeks on a specific topic.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      Prerequisite or concurrent registration, ACBS 315R.
 
ACBS 315R– Physiology of Reproduction (3 Units)
Description:     Study of the organs of reproduction and their accessories; physiology and endocrinology as related to the process of reproduction and milk secretion.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ACBS
Course Requisites:      3 units of animal anatomy/physiology or ECOL 182R
 
ACBS 316– Equine Reproductive Physiology and Management (3 Units)
Description:     The course will provide a review of basic equine reproductive physiology, and introduce students to the common reproductive management practices found in the industry today.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      ACBS 315R.
 
MIC 329A– Microbial Diversity (3 Units)
Description:     Microbial diversity is a course offered to students in Microbiology, and to other majors with an interest in the remarkable genetic, species-level, phylogenetic, functional, and ecological diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R.
 
ACBS 334– Principles of Animal Nutrition (3 Units)
Description:     To become acquainted with and learn basic nutrition concepts including:  classification and function of Nutrients, deficiency and toxicity symptoms, digestive processes, feedstuff characterization, and diet formulation for domestic animals.  This course will cover everything related to the nutrition and feeding of domestic animals and is intended for both majors needing a prerequisite Animal Nutrition class and non-majors desiring a stand alone course in Animal Nutrition.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      Two semesters of inorganic chemistry.
 
ACBS 380– Food Safety and Microbiology (4 Units)
Description:     Significance and control of food-borne hazards in food products as influenced by harvesting, processing, manufacturing and preservation.
Offered:          Fall and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 393– Internship (1-8 Units)
Description:     Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 399– Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring, and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 399H-- Honors Independent Study (1-3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 400A– Animal Anatomy and Physiology (3 Units)
Description:     This is one of two 3-unit lecture/demonstration courses which comprise a 2-semester sequence of animal anatomy and physiology course work which is required for graduation with a major in Veterinary Science. They may be completed in any order. The anatomy portion of these courses is not a traditional type anatomy course which requires that the student name each and every vessel or muscle, etc. and where it originates and terminates. It is more a treatise on "functional anatomy" which will give the learner an appreciation of how the body component is put together (morphology) thus dictating how it may properly function (physiology). Emphasis is placed upon the systemic or whole animal operational levels rather than the precise biochemical and physical intricacies associated with the individual parts or cells which make up that whole. Students will gain an appreciation of how the various domestic species are put together and how they function and the interrelationships of the parts and systems which allow the individuals to thrive in their environment. Some consideration will also be given to what happens to the individual when form or function goes awry to illustrate the importance of the norm. Emphasis will be placed upon the common domestic and pet mammalian species with selected references to wild species, birds and primates where appropriate.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R, ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, CHEM 243A.
 
ACBS 400B-- Animal Anatomy and Physiology (3 Units)
This is one of two 3-unit lecture/demonstration courses which comprise a 2-semester sequence of animal anatomy and physiology course work which is required for graduation with a major in Veterinary Science. They may be completed in any order. The anatomy portion of these courses is not a traditional type anatomy course which requires that the student name each and every vessel or muscle, etc. and where it originates and terminates. It is more a treatise on "functional anatomy" which will give the learner an appreciation of how the body component is put together (morphology) thus dictating how it may properly function (physiology). Emphasis is placed upon the systemic or whole animal operational levels rather than the precise biochemical and physical intricacies associated with the individual parts or cells which make up that whole. Students will gain an appreciation of how the various domestic species are put together and how they function and the interrelationships of the parts and systems which allow the individuals to thrive in their environment. Some consideration will also be given to what happens to the individual when form or function goes awry to illustrate the importance of the norm. Emphasis will be placed upon the common domestic and pet mammalian species with selected references to wild species, birds and primates where appropriate.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R, ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, CHEM 243A.
 
ACBS 401L– Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (1 Unit)
Description:     Study of the anatomy of various animals, including the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, reproductive, and digestive systems and their relationship to physiological processes.
Offered:          Spring
 
ACBS 403R– Biology of Animal Parasites (3 Units)
Description:     Biology of host-parasite relationships with emphasis on parasites of veterinary and human importance. Parasite morphology and physiology, life cycles, epidemiology, pathogenesis and zoonotic potential.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      12 units of biology and microbiology.
 
ACBS 405– Principles of Livestock Health Management (3 Units)
Description:     Survey of selected diseases of horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. Includes basic coverage of mechanisms of infectious disease, immunology, infectious agents, diagnostic techniques as well as the relationship of husbandry and management to the occurrence of livestock disease. Disease topics covered will include a wide range of infectious and non-infectious diseases (including nutritional deficiencies and important toxins and toxicants) affecting livestock. A basic course covering the animal industry (e.g. Animal Science 102 or equivalent) is recommended.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      ACBS 215 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor.
 
ACBS 406– Diseases of Companion Animals (3 Units)
Description:     This course is a challenging one-semester lecture for students interested in studying disease processes commonly seen in a small animal Veterinary practice.  The course will highlight anatomical locations, pathological processes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a variety of disease conditions.  Special emphasis will be placed on diseases commonly seen in the southwestern states.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      MIC 205A; ACBS 400A or ACBS 215.
 
ECOL 409– Evolution of Infectious Disease (3 Units)
Description:     Causes and consequences of evolutionary change in pathogens.  Evolutionary principles, vertebrate immunity, molecular epidemiology, evolution of virulence, evolution of antimicrobial resistance, predicting epidemics, impacts of infectious disease on host evolution, HIV evolution.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           ECOL
Course Requisites:      ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, MCB 181R or consent of instructor.
 
MCB 410– Cell Biology (3-4 Units)
Description:     The molecular basis of the structure and function of animal, plant and prokaryotic cells with emphasis on experimental analysis. Honors section available. Student with a prior failed attempt may only retake the course once.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R, MCB 181L, MCB 182R, MCB 182L, MCB 462A or MCB 460; recommend MCB 320 and concurrent registration, MCB 411.
 
MCB 416A– Statistical Bioinformatics and Genomic Analysis (3 Units)
Description:     The course introduces statistical methods and algorithms for analysis of high-throughput experiments in molecular biology using analysis of gene expression microarrays as a leading example. The course provides hands-on experience with data analysis, critical review of literature and communication of the results.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      Basic statistical knowledge and programming experience.
 
ACBS 419– Immunology (4 Units)
Description:     Basic concepts of immunity. Molecular and cellular composition of the immune system and immune processes that are responsible for defense against pathogens and tumors, and for allergic and autoimmune reactions. Honors section convened with V SC 519.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           MIC
Course Requisites:      CHEM 241B.
 
MIC 420– Pathogenic Bacteriology (3 Units)
Description:     Etiology and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      CHEM 241B, CHEM 243B.
 
ACBS 423– Mechanisms of Disease (4 Units)
Description:     Comparative general pathology of animal and selected human diseases with emphasis on pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and morphologic and biochemical changes at the macroscopic, microscopic and molecular levels. Recitation will stress general mechanisms of disease common to all mammalian species, with focus on tissue injury and adaptation; inflammation and repair; and disorders of circulation, immunity, and cell growth, including neoplasia. Laboratory will reinforce recitation and stress practical, hands-on recognition of disease in organs and tissues at the gross and microscopic levels.  Available for honors credit.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      6 units of upper division ACBS and MIC credit, or consent of instructor.
 
MIC 427R– General Mycology (3 Units)
Description:     An exploration of the diversity of fungi and fungus like organisms covering general biology and roles as pathogens (of humans and plants), saprobes and symbionts. Fungi as models for eukaryotic molecular research and their uses in industry will be covered.
Offered:          Fall
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      MCB 181R.
 
MIC 428L– Microbial Genetics Laboratory (2 Units)
Description:     Laboratory associated with lecture course on Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
 
MIC 428R– Microbial Genetics (3 Units)
Description:     Prokaryotic gene structure and function; methods of gene transfer and mapping, DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Hands-on computer analysis of DNA sequences and gene cloning strategies. Principles of regulation of gene expression. Biology of plasmids and bacteriophages.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           PLP
Course Requisites:      ECOL 320, PLS 312 and PLP 428R.
 
ACBS 431– Equine Nutrition and Management (3 Units)
Description:     This course will focus on nutritional requirements of horses for growth, reproduction, lactation and work in addition to maintenance.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      ACBS 334 or  ACBS 408.
 
MIC 433– Medical and Molecular Virology (4 Units)
Description:     Structure, classification, replication, and mechanisms of pathogenesis of human and animal viruses.
Offered:          (Temporarily not being offered)
Department of Record:           MIC
Course Requisites:      MIC 181R, MIC 181L, MIC 205A or consent of the instructor.
 
MIC 438– Ecology of Infectious Disease (3 Units)
Description:     Ecology of the major infectious diseases of humans and animals.
Offered:          Spring
 
ACBS 443– Research Animal Methods (3 Units)
Description:     Regulations, care, diseases and techniques involving common laboratory animals used in research and teaching programs.
Offered:          Fall
 
ENTO 446– Insect Pathogens: Biocontrol Agents and Biological Models (4 Units)
Description:     Ecology and biology of insect pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes).  Diagnostics, safety testing of pathogens.  Genomics and genetic engineering of entomopathogens.  Insect pathogens as biological model organisms.  Applications in medical and veterinary research and pharmaceutical bioprospecting.
Offered:          Spring
Department of Record:           ENTO
Course Requisites:      ENTO 411, ENTO 415L, ENTO 415R or consent of the instructor.
 
ACBS 449– Disease of Wildlife (3 Units)
Description:     Important diseases of wildlife. Immunity, disease mechanisms, infectious agents, diagnostic procedures, and post-mortem techniques as well as a survey of selected but generally well-recognized diseases of wildlife.
Offered:          Fall
 
ACBS 456– Aquaculture (3 Units)
Description:     Overview lectures and assigned readings on the theory and practice of aquaculture. Includes the culture of seaweeds, mollusks, crustaceans, and finfish.
Offered:          Spring
Course Requisites:      ECOL 181R, ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L, CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B.
 
ENTO 457– Medical-Veterinary Entomology (3 Units)
Description:     An overview of medically important arthropods and the diseases they transmit.  Special attention will be paid to newly emerging and locally important vectors and diseases.  Basic coursework in biology or entomology is required.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Department of Record:           ENTO
Course Requisites:      ECOL 182R, ECOL 182L.
 
MCB 473– Recombinant DNA Methods and Applications (4 Units)
Description:     Relevant techniques for the isolation, purification, and cloning of genes in E. Coli hosts.  Eukaryotic lambda genomic DNA clones will be characterized by restriction mapping, hybridization analysis, and sequence analysis.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
Course Requisites:       MCB 181R and MCB 181L or MCB 184
 
ACBS 477– Beef Resource Management (3 Units)
Description:     Integration of beef production resources into a comprehensive beef production system; including breeding, feeding and marketing strategies.
Offered:          Spring
 
ECOL 487L– Animal Behavior Laboratory (1 Unit)
Description:     Exposure to current topics in behavior and process of behavioral research through video presentations, demonstrations of live animals and readings.
Offered:          Fall
 
ECOL 487R– Animal Behavior (3 Units)
Description:     Concepts and principles of the mechanism, development, function and evolution of behavior, with emphasis on its adaptiveness.
Offered:          Fall
Course Requisites:      8 units of biology.
 
ACBS 491– Preceptorship (1-3 Units)
Description:     Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 493– Internship (1-6 Units)
Description:     Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Offered:          Fall, Spring and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 495A– Topics In Veterinary Science (1 Unit)
Description:     The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.
Offered:          Spring
 
ACBS 498H– Honors Thesis (3 Units)
Description:     An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
Offered:          Fall and Spring
 
ACBS 499– Independent Study (1-5 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall, Spring and Summer 1 and 2
 
ACBS 499H– Honors Independent Study (3 Units)
Description:     Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Offered:          Fall and Spring