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Collection Development Guide: Agricultural Sciences: Program Purpose & Description

Program Mission

Program Purpose

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.

Graduate Degree Program - Agricultural Education, M. Ed.

The master's program offered through the department prepares students to work as professionals in the agriculture industry and in positions of leadership and management in secondary schools and adult education.  The department offers an emphasis in teaching development with research possibilities.  A thesis or non-thesis degree may be selected.  The curriculum consists of 36 hours, with 21 in agricultural education and 15 in an integrated minor.  The thesis counts as six hours toward the 21-hour agricultural education requirement.  In addition, three hours are required in research and analysis as part of the 21 hours.  The major and supportive courses are to be taken with the advice and consent of the student's advisory committee, which consists of three or more faculty selected with the help of the graduate advisor.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • BSAG, major in Agriculture
  • BSAG, major in Agriculture (with Teacher Certification)
  • BSAG, major in Animal Science
  • BSAG, major in Animal Science,  Pre-Veterinary Science
  • BSAG, major in Agribusiness Management
    • Operations
    • Systems
    • Horticulture

Minors Offered

Animal Science
General Agriculture
Plant and Soil Science

Agriculture Teacher Certification

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 six through twelve in the public schools of Texas.   
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.G.) Major in Agriculture (Teacher Certification in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Grades 6-12)


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