Message From Our Chair
Welcome to the Department of Agricultural Sciences (AGSC) at Texas State University! I thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
Agriculture is a major economic driver in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission projects there are more than 6,000 annual job openings from 2014-2024 for farm and ranch managers. The 2015-2020 employment outlook report by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University published in 2015 states that there is an average of 57,900 jobs expected each year in agriculture. Only 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor’s or advanced degree in agricultural fields are expected, leaving an employment gap of 22,500 openings per year.
The Department of Agricultural Sciences offers programs, both at undergraduate and graduate levels, reflecting the diversity of choices available and skills required in modern agriculture and its related professions. The Department provides an enriched learning environment for a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students and prepares them for careers in the agriculture-related fields at the state, national and international levels.
Furthermore, if you are interested in pursuing a degree in some facet of agriculture at a major university in Texas, and you want to be more than just a number on a page, choose Texas State! As professors, we know all of our students by name and have a personalized interest into their academic and career success.
The Department conducts research and provides service that enhance livelihood of farming communities and improve food security. We have good partnerships with agricultural industry at local, regional and global levels; and engage with a broad community of stakeholders on a personal and ongoing basis. These partnerships not only give us practical knowledge to develop appropriate curriculum, they also provide internship opportunities for our students.
If you have any questions and want to find out more, please contact us. We are happy to provide a tour of our department and facilities. Learn more about the campus and college life at Texas State, and visit campus on one of the Bobcat Days. Find out more about our undergraduate programs, and our graduate program on Integrated Agricultural Sciences.
Madan M. Dey, Ph.D.
Chair, and Professor
Department of Agricultural Sciences