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Animal Science Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Animal Science

Program Description

Graduate faculty in the Field of Animal Science include members from the Department of Animal Science, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students applying to the Field of Animal Science choose from the following concentrations:

  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal science
  • Physiology of reproduction
  • Animal genetics
  • Animal genomics

The field requires one more member on the Special Committee of both M.S. and candidates (i.e., three for the M.S., four for the Ph.D.) than is required by the Graduate School. At least one member of the Special Committee must be a member of the faculty in a department other than that of the chairperson. Students in an M.S. or a Ph.D. program are required to assist with the teaching program of the department.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-7712

126 Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • animal genetics
  • animal genomics
  • animal nutrition
  • animal science
  • physiology of reproduction



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 15; Spring, check with field

Requirements Summary:

Preference is given to applicants whose credentials indicate strong undergraduate preparation both in the animal sciences and in related biological and physical sciences. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test for native English speakers


Learning Objectives:

At completion of the Ph.D. degree, a student should be able to:

  1.             Make an original contribution to the field.
  2.             Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in an area of expertise.
  3.             Demonstrate broad knowledge across several areas in the field.
  4.             Follow ethical guidelines for working in the field.
  5.             Effectively communicate to professional and lay audiences about concepts in the field.

t concepts in the field.

Evidence of learning:

For each degree, the learning objectives can be assessed using the following:

For the Ph.D.

  • Research progress evaluated annually
  • A- exam results
  • Meeting abstracts/Presentations - annual update
  • Publications - annual update
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) on-line module
  • Thesis defense/B-exam results


Analysis of evidence and implementation of changes:

Each year, using data from the annual reports, one of the learning objectives will be evaluated by the Graduate selection committee. We don’t anticipate that this will be a counting exercise but rather, a determination of whether our students are making timely and significant progress in this area toward degree completion. Recommendations for any changes will be broad and communicated to the field at large, rather than directed to any specific program.