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Undergraduate Ag Degrees

The Department of Agriculture offers programs reflecting the diversity of choices available and skills required in modern agriculture and related professions.  This dynamic global industry uses new technologies to improve the production, management, manufacture, and distribution of food and agricultural products. 


Majors Offered

  • BSAG, major in Agriculture 
  • BSAG, major in Agriculture(with Teacher Certification)
  • BSAG, major in Animal Science
    • Basic Science and Pre-Vet Specialization
    • Integrated Ranch and Natural Resource Management
  • BSAG, major in Agribusiness Management
    • Agribusiness Management Specialization
    • Agricultural Systems Management Specialization
    • Horticulture Business Specialization

Minors Offered

  • Animal Science
  • General Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Plant and Soil Science
     

Minor Degree Sheets are listed at the bottom of the Majors section.

General Agriculture

This degree provides a broad exposure to agriculture.  With this curriculum, students may expect to manage a ranch or a farm, or work in any career that requires a general education such as extension, banking or government service.

Ag Education

This degree is a comprehensive educational program concerned with the broad field of agriculture.  Emphasis in the curriculum is on production techniques, managerial skills and competencies necessary to function as agricultural scientists, educators, or agricultural managers in today's complex agricultural industry.  Agricultural science teachers are certified to teach in grades nine through twelve in the public schools of Texas. 

Animal Science

This degree is the study of all aspects of the livestock and poultry industries including commercial production and management; food processing, and animal feed/animal health including nutrition, biotechnology and veterinary medicine.  Involvement of students in ongoing faculty research prepares graduates for careers in reproductive physiology, applied animal genetics and live animal evaluation, as well as other areas of the livestock industry.

Pre-Professional Program in Pre-Veterinary Science

The department supervises the pre-veterinary science program, which provides two years of specialized course work in addition to an Animal Science degree for students planning to enter Veterinary School. 

Agribusiness Management

This degree reaches far beyond the farm to encompass the activities involved in bringing food and fiber to consumers.  Students may pursue three specializations with this major: Operations, Systems, or Horticulture.

Agribusiness Management Specialization

With this degree students learn about the acquisition and use of capital, the working of the marketplace, financial institutions, and the effect of government policies on agriculture.  Therefore, the agribusiness operations specialization includes courses in agricultural finance, marketing and policies dealing with resource use as well as courses in technical agriculture and general education.

Agribusiness Systems Management Specialization

This degree integrates and applies engineering technology, agricultural sciences, and business.  It prepares graduates for careers in technical fields and engineering such as agricultural machinery and power systems, electrical energy systems including sensors and controls, agricultural structures, surveying, and environmental systems including water utilization and quality.  Students are involved with ongoing research, farm power and machinery, precision farming and global positioning systems.  Graduates are expected to assume positions of leadership and responsibility in careers such as product testing and service management, agricultural sales and services, and agricultural production systems.
 

Horticultural Business Specialization

As a specialization, this degree teaches management of commercial establishments and institutions that produce ornamental plants such as greenhouses and nurseries, floral shops and plant therapy businesses.  The curriculum also contains specialized courses in Horticulture that utilize rooftop greenhouses at the Agriculture Building and the laboratory facilities at the 17-acre Horticulture Center near campus.

Minors Offered

PDF Horticulture Minor (PDF, 41.5 KB)