Course Descriptions 

Course Numbering System

The meaning of the first digit of the four digit number preceding each course description in this bulletin is explained below. The meaning of the second, third, and fourth digits varies by department.


4000-4999 • For advanced undergraduate students (those who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours), and for students in graduate and professional schools and colleges; for undergraduate or graduate credit. Undergraduates with 30 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 4000-level courses if they have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher, the appropriate prerequisites, and consent of the instructor.


5000-5999 • For students in post-baccalaureate professional programs (law and veterinary medicine).


6000-6999 • Exclusively for teachers at the elementary, secondary, and junior college levels.


7000-7999 • For students in Graduate School; for graduate credit only except as follows. Undergraduates with 75 or more semester hours who are making timely progress toward a degree may be admitted to 7000-level courses, if they have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher, the appropriate prerequisites, consent of the instructor, and consent of the graduate dean. Credit so earned will apply only toward undergraduate degree requirements.


8000-8999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for students working toward the master’s degree; for graduate credit only.


9000-9999 • Research courses exclusively for graduate students, primarily for advanced graduate students working toward the doctoral degree; for graduate credit only.


The 5000-level professional courses listed in this bulletin are for students in the School of Veterinary Medicine only. Prerequisite for enrollment in these courses is formal admission to the professional curriculum in the School of Veterinary Medicine. All courses must be taken in the proper sequence, as each is a prerequisite for the succeeding course. Some courses are designated as Veterinary Medicine (VMED) courses rather than departmental courses because of the integration of disciplines.


Phase I includes all courses taken in Years I and II, the fall semester of Year III, and the first four weeks of the spring semester of Year III.

Phase II includes the clinical rotations that begin in the middle of February of Year III and occur continuously until graduation at the end of the spring semester of Year IV.


The 7000-level courses designated as Veterinary Medicine (VMED) are utilized by all concentrations in the veterinary medical sciences program.

 

Key to Course Information

VMED Course rubric
5101 Course number
(3) Course credit
F Offered in the fall
S Offered in spring
Su Offered in the summer
V Offered irregularly
E Offered in even numbered years
O Offered in odd numbered years


Graduate Courses

Comparative Biomedical Sciences • CBS


7001 Seminar: Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1) F,S May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit. Reports and discussions on topics of current interest in various scientific disciplines.


7002 Research Techniques in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4) F,S,Su Maybe taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Specialized research techniques related to selected scientific disciplines in the department.


7003 Special Topics in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4) F,S,Su May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Specialized coverage of a variety of topics related to selected scientific disciplines in the department.


7104 Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology (3) F,S Prereq.: consent of instructor. Essential concepts of cell and molecular biology; cellular ultrastructure and function; basic genetic mechanisms in normal and transformed cells; methods of gene analysis; proteomics; molecular therapy and molecular approaches to disease diagnosis.


7106 Biomedical Electron Microscopy (4) F,S Prereq.: consent of instructor. 1 hr. lecture; 8 hrs. lab. Preparation of tissues including biopsies for transmission and scanning electron microscopy; operation of SEMs, TEMs, and ancillary equipment.


7108 Critical Analysis in Molecular biology/Medicine (3) F instruction/participation. Formal presentations of research data. Discussion and presentations are drawn from landmark biomedical publications.


7109 Advanced Macroscopic Anatomy (1-3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Specialized dissection of one or more of the following: dog, horse, ruminants, laboratory, exotic, or avian species.


7112 Advanced Microscopic Anatomy (1-3) Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Comparative or systemic microscopic anatomy of selected organs or organ systems of domestic, laboratory, or exotic species.


7603 Clinical Toxicology (3) S Prereq.: CBS 7623 and consent of instructor. Pathophysiology of various clinically important toxicants; prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common intoxications in domestic animals.


7614 Central Nervous System (3) V Prereq.: CBS 7631 or equivalent. Neurotransmitter mechanisms, chemistry, and anatomical distribution; neuropharmacology; synaptic physiology and anatomy of selected brain regions; central nervous system diseases.


7615 Pulmonary Pharmacology (3) V Prereq.: CBS 7630. Mechanisms of action and applications of various drugs used in respiratory disorders.


7617 Autonomic Nervous System (3) Prereq.: CBS 7631 or equivalent. Structure, physiology, pharmacology, and diseases of the autonomic nervous system.


7628 Biomedical Physiology I (3) F,S Prereq.: consent of instructor. Physiological mechanisms underlying the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems of domestic species.


7629 Biomedical Physiology II (3) F,S Prereq.: consent of instructor. Physiological mechanisms underlying the respiratory and renal systems of domestic species; emphasis on system control.


7630 Biomedical Pharmacology (4) F,S Prereq.: vertebrate physiology, biochemistry, or equivalent; consent of instructor. 3.5 hrs. lecture; 0.5 hrs. lab. Comparative study of the pharmacodynamics, disposition, kinetics, and therapeutic utility of drugs in animals.


7631 Biomedical Neuroscience (3) F, S Prereq.: consent of instructor. 2.5 hrs. lecture; 0.5 hrs. lab. Physiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying the nervous system.


Pathobiological Sciences • PBS

7001 Seminar: Pathobiological Sciences (1) S, F May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Topics of current interest in various disciplines of veterinary medicine.


7002 Pathobiological Sciences Research Techniques (1-4) V May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Specialized research techniques related to a specific discipline of pathobiological sciences.


7003 Special Topics in Pathobiological Sciences (1-4) V Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit. Topics of current interest in pathobiological sciences.


7004 Current Literature in Pathobiological Sciences (1) V May be taken for a maximum of 6 hrs. of credit. Pass/fail grading. Review of the literature in areas of pathobiological sciences presented in a discussion format.


7301, 7302 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology and Disease Control I, II (4,4) 7301 offered F; 7302 offered S Prereq.: consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Ecological and epidemiological concepts used in studying diseases in populations; epidemiological methods, with laboratory exercises emphasizing problem solving; epidemiological principles applied to disease control; planning, administration, and evaluation of disease-control programs.


7310 Zoonotic Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (3) F-E Prereq.: BIOL 4121 and 4122 or equivalent. Epidemiology, ecology, and control of major infectious and parasitic zoonoses.


7312 Epidemiological Study Design (4) S Introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology with emphasis on the appropriate use and interpretation of epidemiological methods.


7404 Pathogenic Mechanisms of Bacteria (3) V Prereq.: BIOL 4094, 4121, and 4122 or equivalent. Relation of bacterial structure and function to the induction of disease; virulence factors, mechanisms of host-parasite interaction; vaccine strategies.


7410 Biochemistry of Viruses (3) S-E Prereq.: BIOL 4094 or equivalent. See BIOL 7289.


7411 Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Pathogenesis (3) S-E Prereq.: BIOL 4190 or VMED 5230 or equivalent. Virus-host interactions in disease induction emphasizing virus receptors and cell tropism, persistence and latency, oncogenesis, virus-induced immune suppression, and adverse responses of the host.


7413 Techniques in Flow Cytometry (1) F-O Prereq.: credit or registration in PBS 7423 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lab. Instruction and laboratory practices in principles and applications of flow cytometry; topics include cell processing and staining with fluorescent probes as a measurement of immunophenotyping, DNA, and functional assays as well as computer generated data analysis.


7415 Current Experimental Methods in Parasitology (1-4) F-O Prereq.: a course in parasitology or equivalent. 2-8 hrs. lab. May be taken for a max. of 4 sem. hrs. when animal groups vary. Specialized laboratory methods used to produce experimental infections, diagnose parasitism and recover and identify protozoan and helminth parasites of ruminants, horses, pigs, and companion animals.

 

7416 Mechanisms of Cellular Immunology and Immunopathology (3) S Prereq.: BIOL 4121 or equivalent. Mechanisms involved in the development of protective and pathologic immune responses; emphasis on the humoral and cellular components of inflammation and immune response to microbial infections.


7417 Immune Response to Infectious and Parasitic Agents (3) F-E Prereq.: introductory course in immunology. Immune mechanisms in controlling or exacerbating disease caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, helminths, and arthropods; modern principles of vaccine development and trends in application.


7419 Population Dynamics and Ecology of Parasitic and Vector-Borne Diseases (3) S-O Prereq.: course in parasitology or equivalent. Population regulation and distribution of parasitic and vector-borne diseases of veterinary and medical significance; disease risk in populations and control strategies based on population models, transmission dynamics, climate, nutrition, immunity, geographic information systems, and herd health programs.


7423 Cellular and Molecular Immunology (3) F-O Prereq.: BIOL 4121 or equivalent. Cellular and molecular basis for the immune response; emphasis on molecular structure and function of antibodies and other receptors; role of lymphocyte subsets and cytokines in regulation of immune responses.


7424 Diseases of Aquatic Animals (3) F-E Prereq.: consent of instructor. Basic microbiology and/or parasitology strongly recommended. 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Same as RNR 7424.


7501 Veterinary Cellular Pathology (3) F Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and consent of instructor. Basic mechanisms of pathogenesis and morphogenesis of disease at the cellular level; encompasses ultrastructural to functional pathologic changes in cells and extracellular matrix.


7502 Advanced Systemic Veterinary Pathology (5) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and credit or concurrent enrollment in PBS 7516. Study of diseases by organ systems, using electron and light microscopy; pathogenesis of specific diseases.


7508 Histopathology Slide Conference (1) F,S Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Histopathological aspects of diseases in various animal species; direct student participation in morphological description and literature review.


7509 Surgical Pathology (1-2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and PBS 7516. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. credit when topics vary. Gross and microscopic examination of surgery-derived specimens of diseased tissues from various animals; clinical case interpretation, histopathological description, diagnosis, prognosis, and consultation techniques.


7513 Pathology of Neoplasia (2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and PBS 7501. 1 hr. lecture; 1 hr. lab. Comparative gross, microscopic, immunochemical, and pathogenetic study of naturally occurring neoplastic disease in animals.


7514 Laboratory Animal Pathology (2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and consent of instructor. Macroscopic, microscopic, and pathogenetic study of the infectious, nutritional, degenerate, and toxic diseases that affect the commonly used species of laboratory rodents, rabbits, and primates.


7515 Veterinary Dermatopathology (2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and PBS 7516. 1 hr. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Histopathological evaluation of integumentary system, tissue response, and diseases of various animal species of veterinary importance.


7516 Advanced Diagnostic Pathology of Animals (1-2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Necropsy of various animals submitted for postmortem examination: gross, light, and electron microscopy; and immunohistochemistry; correlation and synthesis of clinical information, anatomical finding, and other ancillary laboratory results, for an accurate determination of disease diagnosis and pathogenesis.


7525 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Pathology (1-2) V Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Diagnosis and pathogenesis of hematological and clinical chemistry changes in blood from various animal species; understanding the applicable instrumentation, and methodologies of assays and quality assurance; interpretation of cytological specimens (tissue and fluids) and correlation with clinical and histopathological findings.


7530, 7531, 7532 Laboratory Animal Science I, II, III (2, 2, 2,) F,S,Su Prereq.: DVM degree or equivalent and consent of instructor. Biology, husbandry, diseases, medical care, regulations, and experimental uses of the commonly used laboratory animal species; courses need not be taken in sequence.


Veterinary Clinical Sciences • VCS

7001 Seminar: Veterinary Clinical Sciences (1) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit when topics vary. New developments in veterinary internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology, theriogenology, and laboratory/exotic animal medicine.


7002 Research Techniques in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (1-4) Prereq.: appropriate 4000- or 5000- level course in selected topic or equivalent and consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. when topics vary. Specialized research techniques related to a specific discipline of veterinary clinical sciences.


7003 Special Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (1-4) Prereq.: appropriate 4000- and 5000- level course in selected topic or equivalent and consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 8 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Aspects of the biochemical, physiological, pathophysiological, epidemiological and economic basis of clinical veterinary medicine.


7201 Veterinary Gastroenterology (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Gastrointestinal diseases and related conditions; emphasis on diagnostics, pathophysiology, and management options.


7202 Veterinary Surgical Techniques (1) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. 3 hrs. lab. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Advanced surgical and experimental techniques related to an organ system.


7204 Advanced Veterinary Orthopedics (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament diseases with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostics, and management options.


7205 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Neurology (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostics, neurosurgery, and other management options.


7206 Advanced Veterinary Urogenital Disease (2) S Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Urinary and reproductive tract diseases and related conditions with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostic, and management options.


7208 Advanced Veterinary Cardiovascular Disease (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Cardiovascular diseases and related conditions with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostic and management options.


7209 Advanced Veterinary Respiratory Disease (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Respiratory diseases and related conditions with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostic and management options.


7210 Veterinary Scientific Journal Review (1) Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. In depth critique of current veterinary journals with emphasis on appraising experimental design and analysis; and interpretation and application of results.


7211 Advanced Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Disease (3) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and related conditions with emphasis on pathophysiology, diagnostic and management options.


VCS 7212 Biomechanics of Fractures and Fracture Fixation (3) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Principles of biomechanics as applied to fractures and fracture fixation, including design and biomechanical testing devices for fixation of bone fractures arising in veterinary orthopedic surgery.


VCS 7213 Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation: Small Animal (3) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Advanced training in radiographic, ultrasonographic, computed tomographic and magnetic resonance imaging examination interpretation in common small animal diseases.


VCS 7214 Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation: Large Animal (3) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Advanced diagnostic imaging interpretation of radiographic, computed tomography, ultrasonographic, scintigraphic and magnetic resonance imaging examinations in large animals.


VCS 7215 Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging: Interventional Techniques Laboratory (2) V Prereq.: DVM or equivalent degree or consent of instructor. Interventional tissue sampling and therapeutic guided procedures performed with fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography (US) in animals.


Veterinary Medicine • VMED

7001 Seminar: Veterinary Medical Sciences (1) May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. of credit. Reports and discussions on topics of current interest in various disciplines of veterinary medicine.


7004 Introduction to Research (2) F Prereq.: consent of instructor. Concepts and methodology in developing research programs; selection of a research problem; planning, execution, and publication of original research.


8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) “S”/”U” grading.


8900 Pre-dissertation Research (1-9) May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit.


9000 Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.) “S”/”U” grading.