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The MS degree program in Animal Science and the MS degree program in Food Science require a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours of which six credits must be ANFS 869 - Master’s Thesis (1 to 6cr.) . The programs are expected to be completed in 2-2.5 years of full-time study. All students pursuing the MS degree will complete the following core courses; ANFS 865 - Seminar (1cr.) and CHEM 527 - Introductory Biochemistry (3cr.) or CHEM 641 - Biochemistry (3cr.) , and a statistics course [STAT 608 STAT 608 - Statistical Research Methods (3cr.) , APEC 806 - Research Techniques and Procedures (3cr.) , or equivalent]. Attendance in ANFS 865 - Seminar (1cr.) is required each semester for all graduate students. A maximum of three credits of ANFS 668 - Research (1 to 6cr.) / ANFS 868 - Research (1 to 9cr.) or ANFS 666 - SPECIAL PROBLEM (1 to 12cr.) / ANFS 866 - SPECIAL PROBLEM (1 to 12cr.) may be applied towards the MS degree. Course selections are made with the approval of the student’s graduate committee. A research proposal and thesis are required for the MS degree. Students, with the assistance of their advisor, will prepare and present a research proposal to their graduate committee for review and approval of the proposed research project. Following completion of the research outlined in the proposal, the MS degree candidate will prepare a written thesis according to the guidelines set forth by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. A thesis defense, preceded by a seminar, will be held. The student’s advisor and graduate committee will administer and evaluate the thesis defense.