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Veterinary Science and Microbiology: Undergraduate Programs


The objectives of the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology are to educate students in the animal health and microbiological sciences, to provide a high quality baccalaureate degree program and service courses to undergraduate students, and to educate and train graduate students to become independent research scientists. In addition, the department is the center for discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge in veterinary science and microbiology for the college and university, and is involved in development and delivery of veterinary diagnostic services. The education, research, service and extension activities of the department are responsive to state, national, and global needs and opportunities for contributions to improvement of human and animal health, protection and preservation of the environment, and economic growth in agriculture and industry.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

General Outcomes for students majoring in Veterinary Science or Microbiology

  • Ability to retrieve information and evaluate scientific data from multiple sources and citations
  • Perform basic biomedical laboratory techniques including but not limited to: dilutions, pipeting, making solutions, use of basic equipment, conversions, aseptic technique
  • Have knowledge of biological safety and practice those measures on a daily basis
  • Be efficient in problem solving, quantitative thinking and applications of basic knowledge
  • Have effective writing skills, including the ability to write technical and scientific papers
  • Ability to present scientific information through oral presentations

Program-specific outcomes for students with an emphasis in Microbiology

  • Understand and apply the principles and process of hypothesis-driven scientific research
  • Read, understand, critically evaluate, and discuss the scientific literature within the Microbiology-related disciplines (e.g.,physiology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary biology)
  • Understand the basic anatomy, physiology, diversity, and genetics of microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and fungi.
  • Use and maintain common laboratory equipment such as top-loading and analytic balance, pH meter, volumetric devices (cylinders, pipettes), spectrophotometer, constant temperature baths and incubators.
  • Understand and perform standard laboratory techniques such as sterilization, glassware preparation, solution and media preparation, and dilutions, including appropriate calculations.
  • Understand and perform Microbiology-specific laboratory techniques such as: aseptic technique; isolation of specific microorganisms from environmental samples; cultivation of microbes in liquid and on solid media; pure culture technique; use and care of the microscope; enumeration of microorganisms by viable and direct methods; Measurements of microbial growth (optical density, dry weight, etc.) Basic molecular biology techniques, (plasmid isolation, restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, physical mapping of DNA fragments, and cloning).
  • Understand the basic principles of modern bioinformatics (analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; molecular phylogeny; genomic and proteomic analysis) and be able to evaluate and compare methods of identification of microorganisms including biochemical methods, PCR, gene probe, and immunological methods.

Program-specific outcomes for students with an emphasis in Veterinary Science

  • How science is performed generally, the process of hypothesis-driven research and experimental design, and how knowledge and facts become accepted.
  • Recognize normal vs. disease states of animals
  • Generate, record and/or evaluate data in order to interpret or make a conclusion
  • Understand basic animal anatomy and physiology

Course Specific Outcomes

  • Have a basic understanding of histology and how it can aid in diagnosing diseases
  • Understand how animal models play a role in research
  • Correlate evolution and diversity with modern day genetics and genetic technique
  • Understand the complex interrelationships between human and animals
  • Understand the mechanisms of how diseases work in the host animal
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Updated date: Mon, 09/13/2010 - 11:21