Meat Science and Muscle Biology Graduate Program

Application to the Graduate School

Admission Requirements
As you apply to UW-Madison, you need to be aware of two different sets of requirements; Graduate School minimum admission requirements, and department admission requirements.
Graduate School Requirements
The Graduate School sets the minimum admission requirements for all prospective graduate students. The minimum admission requirements are:

• A bachelor’s degree from an approved (accredited) institution.
• A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work).
• Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).
• An admitted applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580; TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237; or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival. You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are in enrolled.
• International applicants must have a degree comparable to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree and provide evidence of adequate financial resources for the anticipated duration of their program.

Department Requirements
Departmental admission requirements are in addition to the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School. The Department of Animal Sciences bases its admission on demonstrated scholastic ability, recent GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement or reasons for graduate study. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members they are interested in working with during the admissions process.

Graduate School Requirements

MS (30 credits)
PhD (51 credits)
i) includes research credits, ii) ≥ 300 level, iii) UW-Madison credits only

Required at UW-Madison

Course MS PhD
Seminar* 1 credit 1 credit
Teaching practicum Not applicable 2 credits

* Seminar can be 1) a general scientific topic of interest, or 2) a seminar directly related to the thesis research of the student. Credits do not count towards Meat Science and Muscle Biology Program Requirements (Courses).

Timetable M.S.
- Within 1 year of starting their program, the MS candidate should a) establish their committee members, and b) set up a committee meeting to pick a set of courses that will fulfill their course requirements and generally discuss research focus.
- Research proposal should be presented to committee members sometime in their 2nd year

Timetable Ph.D.
- Within 1 year of starting their program, the PhD candidate should a) establish their committee members, and b) set up a committee meeting to pick a set of courses that will fulfill their course requirements and generally discuss research focus.
- Preliminary exam for Ph.D. candidates (their research proposal) should take place in their 2nd year.
- Progress of research proposal should be presented to committee members once in 3rd year and each subsequent year prior to setting defense date.

Committee members
At least 3 committee members are required for M.S. For Ph.D. candidates, 5 members and 1 member of the committee must be from outside the Animal Science department.

Ph.D Minor (can be distributed between up to 3 departments)
- 10 credits needed (count towards the 18 credit minimum requirement.
- must be ≥ 300 level
- The 9 credits should have a common theme for the distributed minor.
- Minor needs to be approved by the 5-member committee.

Preliminary Exam
A research proposal exercise: a) statement of research program (what is novel about your work), b) brief literature review, c) Well defined objectives (hypotheses), d) Experimental design and approach, e) Contingency plans in the event of failure of your approach to this research.

Meat Science and Muscle Biology Program Requirements

Courses to be taken as graduate student at UW-Madison (maximum 15 credits for M.S. and Ph.D. per semester)

Dept & Course # Course name Credits
Anatomy 619 Microscopy of Life 3
Anatomy 660 Electron Microscopy 3
Anatomy 700 Cytoskeletal Dynamics 2
Animal Sci 305* Introduction to Meat Science and Technology 4
Animal Sci 508* Poultry Products Technology 3
Animal Sci 515* Commercial Meat Processing 2
Animal Sci 500 & up Other Animal Science courses var
Animal Sci 725** Muscle Biology 2
Biochemistry 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Biochemistry 507 General Biochemistry 3
Biochemistry 508 General Biochemistry 3
Biochemistry 510 Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutr. 3
Biochemistry 550 Topics in Medical Biochemistry 2
Biochemistry 601 Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function 2
Biochemistry 620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology 3
Biochemistry 624 Mechanisms of Enzyme Action 2
Biochemistry 630 Cellular Transduction Mechanisms 3
Biochemistry 636 Crystallography and Dynamics 2
Biochemistry 651 Biochemical Methods 3
Biochemistry 660 Methods in Biochemistry 3
Biochemistry 702 Biochemical Mechanisms of Regulation in the Cell 3
Biochemistry 711 Sequence Analysis 2
Biochemistry 712 Sequence Analysis Laboratory 1
Biomol. Chem. 710 Exploring Biochemical Functions of Macromolecules 2
Biomol. Chem. 711 Exploring Biochemical Functions of Macromolecules 2
Chemistry 565 Biophysical Chemistry 4
Chemistry 621 Instrumental Analysis 3-4
Food Sci 410 Food Chemistry I 3
Food Sci 412 Food Analysis 4
Food Sci 432 Principles of Food Preservation 3
Food Sci 440 Principles of Food Engineering 3
Food Sci 464 Statistics for Food Industry Quality Control 3
Food Sci 512 Principles of Food Chem Lab 2
Food Sci 514 Integrated Food Functionality 4
Food Sci 532 Integrated Food Manufacturing 4
Food Sci 542 Food Engineering Operations 4
Food Sci 550 Food Fermentations 2
Food Sci 600 Professional Practice in Food Science 1
Food Sci 610 Food Proteins 2
Food Sci 642 Food and Pharmaceutical Separations 2-3
Food Sci 650 Advanced Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens 3
Food Sci 710** Chemistry of Food Lipids 2
Food Sci 718 Colloid Chemistry of Foods 2
Microbiol 324 Food Bacteriology Laboratory 2
Microbiol 325 Food Bacteriology 3
Microbiol 526 Physiology of Microorganisms 3
Microbiol 527 Physiology of Microorganisms Laboratory 2
Microbiol 528 Immunology 3
Microbiol  607 Advanced Microbial Genetics 3
Microbiol 650 Advanced Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens 3
Path-Bio 500 Molecular Biology Techniques 3
Physiology 533 Molecular Physiology 2
Statistics 571*** Statistical Methods for Bioscience I 4
Statistics 572 Statistical Methods for Bioscience II 4
Zoology 430 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 5
Zoology 470 Introduction to Animal Development 3
Zoology 570 Cell Biology 3
Zoology 572 Cell Biology Laboratory 3
Zoology 611 Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology 3
Zoology 612 Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Lab 2

* Only one course from the group of AS305 (4C), AS 508 (3C), and AS 515 (2C) courses can be counted towards the credit load required in this section.
** Required of Ph.D. candidates.
*** Required if an equivalent statistics course was not taken previously.


Jim Claus, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences

Mark Richards, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences.

Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences