College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Administrative Officers

Vice Chancellor and Dean - Mark Hussey, Ph.D.

Executive Associate Dean - Alan Sams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Operations - Kim E. Dooley, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Development - David W. Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Development - Chris L. Skaggs, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Success - Danielle A. Harris, Ph.D.

General Statement

Ensuring an adequate and safe food supply for a rapidly expanding world population, succeeding in a global economy, and maintaining our planet’s natural resources and biodiversity are some of the challenges that are being met by graduates from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Our students apply knowledge to solve problems as scientists, business leaders, engineers, educators, physicians, and other professionals. Enthusiastic and competitive students, a distinguished faculty, innovative teaching methods, outstanding advisors, and abundant experiential learning opportunities, result in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences being considered one of the top colleges of agriculture in the country.

Our 31 majors and 22 minors provide students technical expertise and a broad education so that they can meet the challenges of feeding the world, improving health, protecting the environment, growing our economy, and enriching youth. Abilities of thinking creatively and critically, solving problems, making decisions and communicating effectively are developed, along with learning how to work with people of varied backgrounds. Relating well with others, leadership and followership are vital to success in the “real world.” Faculty members who teach undergraduate classes include many who are recognized nationally and internationally for research and other accomplishments in their disciplines. Interested undergraduates also have a chance to be a part of research projects themselves.

There are many opportunities for high impact courses and programs, such as undergraduate research, international experiences, internships and field study. The college has study abroad programs in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa, and the Caribbean. All students are encouraged to participate in at least one of these high impact activities before graduation. Honors programs are available in many of the college’s academic departments. There are numerous student organizations that are sponsored by departments or the college such as the Freshman Leadership Experience and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Student Council. These organizations promote interaction among students who share interests and foster leadership skills.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its departments offer a variety of scholarships to students on a competitive basis. Many are reserved for incoming freshmen or transfer students. Additional information and application forms for college-level scholarships for current students can be obtained from the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office. Information about departmental scholarships can be obtained from the departments directly.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Each major can be planned to prepare students for graduate study or admission to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, other health professions and law. Students in programs, such as biochemistry, genetics and nutritional sciences, are highly recruited for medicine, nursing, and other health professions. Animal science and wildlife and fisheries sciences are among several excellent choices for students interested in veterinary medicine. Students with a background in natural resources, the agricultural industry, forensics, or life sciences can use that knowledge well if they choose to enter law school. An environmental lawyer with a degree in a natural resource area is better equipped to incorporate the science with the law.

Advising is provided for each student in the college through offices in the individual academic departments. Departmental faculty and professional advisors provide assistance on course selection and other academic issues and serve as mentors for career planning and admission to graduate or professional school. Advisors serve as professional consultants for students in the College with the objective of avoiding problems if possible and solving problems if needed.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for graduation are listed in the Texas A&M University Student Rules and this catalog. With the exception of general elective requirements, courses taken to satisfy degree requirements must be taken for letter grades.

International and Cultural Diversity Requirement

Texas A&M University requires its students to meet an International and Cultural Diversity requirement as part of the Graduation requirements. Meeting this requirement will require the careful selection of courses. The student is directed to the Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree section of this catalog for detailed information regarding this requirement and also is encouraged to seek the advice of the student’s academic advisor.

Internships and Cooperative Education

Internships provide real-world experience in industries related to a student’s education and professional career preparation. Students return to campus with a broader perspective and more intense interest in their education. The experiences are so valuable that many students complete more than one internship. Most departments in the College offer academic credit for the satisfactory completion of an internship. In fact, an internship is required for graduation in some degree programs.

The Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program places students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in policy-based internships in Austin, TX, Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy for a semester or summer. Selection for the program is based upon factors such as academic performance, leadership, and a student’s general interest in learning the policy process.

Cooperative education is a program of work and study that allows students to gain practical experience in their chosen field while pursuing a degree. Students interested in information should consult with their academic advisor.

Graduate Study

All departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offer graduate degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Many departments offer courses and programs online.

Students are encouraged to contact the department in which they wish to major to obtain information about graduate study. Information on admission, programs available, etc., can be found in the Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional Catalog.

Teacher Certification

Texas teacher certification in agricultural science is available through the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. Certification is granted through the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) upon a student’s completion of the course of study administered by the department. The undergraduate major in agricultural science includes all coursework required for our recommending a student to SBEC for teacher certification. The requirements can be completed with any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. See an advisor in Agricultural Science, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, for more information.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

Department of Animal Science

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Department of Entomology

Department of Horticultural Sciences

Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Department of Poultry Science

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Minors consist of a group of specified courses totaling between 15 and 18 credit hours. Students who are eligible to enroll in a minor should contact an advisor in the department offering the minor. Minors available in the college are listed.

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

Department of Animal Science

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Department of Entomology

Department of Horticultural Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Department of Poultry Science

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Science

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Certificate programs document expertise in an area beyond a major or minor. Information on requirements for certificate programs is available from the advisor of the department offering the certificate. Certificate programs available in the college are listed.

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Animal Science

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Department of Entomology

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

Department of Animal Science

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Department of Entomology

Department of Horticultural Sciences

Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Department of Poultry Science

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

Department of Animal Science

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

Department of Entomology

Department of Horticultural Sciences

Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Department of Poultry Science

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences