Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Animal Science Concentration

The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology offers a Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources with two tracks: Thesis track (research based) and Non-thesis track. The purposes of these tracks differ somewhat according to the objectives, plans, and employment interests of individual students. The following provides general information concerning the two tracks. For more specific information contact the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology.

All students are required to demonstrate to departmental graduate faculty acceptable proficiency in both oral and written English prior to preparation of a degree plan. Successful completion of remedial English courses may be required in instances of insufficient proficiency.

The MS (non-thesis track) may be attractive to certain full-time students and to part-time or commuting students who desire advanced course work to further qualify for certain types of public or agency employment or to enhance advancement opportunities in their present employment. It is a more general degree with course work flexibility to allow students to design a program emphasizing specialized interests in certain subject matter areas or one emphasizing broader-based advanced studies. General requirements include 36 semester hours of advanced course work in agriculture and supporting fields above the bachelor's degree.

The MS (thesis track) involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to prescribed course work. Generally, successful pursuit of this degree necessitates full-time and uninterrupted graduate enrollment. The degree may be considered terminal in individual cases, but a major advantage is the preparation and background provided to pursue further graduate study to the PhD level. Also, for certain types of employment with agencies and corporations, the experience gained in research methodology and technical writing is invaluable in enhancing and broadening one's employment and advancement opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon application to and acceptance by the College of Graduate Studies and the respective department. The Animal Science and Veterinary Technology Department requires a bachelor's degree in Animal Science or closely related field and additional information including a department graduate application, references, and a member of the graduate faculty agreeing to serve as the graduate committee chair. 

Prospective students may be required to complete up to 24 hours of undergraduate leveling courses ( upper level courses in animal science or related courses, biology, chemistry, lower level courses as needed), depending on their undergraduate program of study.

Advisement and Committee's Role

Because of the close interaction and cooperation required between the student and the graduate faculty adviser, pursuit of the MS degree must be arranged in advance. Upon agreement between the student and his/her major advisor, students in the thesis option will select a research topic.  All MS students are responsible for developing a program of study, background courses, and the composition and appointment of the advisory committee. During the first semester of enrollment or before the completion of 12 semester hours' credit, a formal degree plan will be submitted.  For those in the thesis option, a thesis proposal is submitted to the advisory committee for approval and submission through appropriate channels.

Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Required Courses
MS Non-Thesis Track
Of the 36-hour MS (non-thesis) requirement, a minimum of 18 hours of courses offered by the above departments is required for a major in Agriculture. A 12-hour minor may be chosen in another field but is not required. Two-thirds (24 hours) of the total 36 hours must be 5000-level courses. At least one-half of all hours in a 12-hour minor must be 5000-level. A rigid, standard curriculum required of all students is not imposed; instead, the graduate curriculum is individually planned within certain guidelines by each student and approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of the College of Graduate Students.
All candidates are required to take a graduate-level research course selected from a discipline area most appropriate to their interest and approved by the committee.
A curriculum summary and guideline for the MS in Agriculture (non-thesis) includes the following: 1
Agriculture Sciences (major)18-30
Supporting Fields (may include a 12-hour minor)0-12
Required Research Course (May be a part of a major or support field depending upon discipline emphasized in MS program)3
AGRI 5380Research Writing for Agricultural and Environmental Science3
Total Hours24-48
MS Thesis Track
Minimum requirements for this track are 36 hours above the BS, excluding any required leveling or background courses. The thesis and associated research may be counted as six hours toward the total. Of the remaining 30 hours, a minimum of 18 hours must be in the major. No more than one-third of the major hours may be approved upper-level undergraduate courses. A 12-hour minor in another field may be chosen but is not required. If a minor is declared, no more than one-half of the hours may be approved upper-level undergraduate courses. Of the total 36-hour minimum requirement, no more than one-third may be undergraduate level.
Because of the diversity of agricultural specialties, the student and advisory committee are given discretionary latitude in developing the specific course of study to allow desired specialization in major and minor courses. A typical program of study is as follows: 1
Agriculture Sciences14-16
AGRI 5385Graduate Seminar for Agriculture and Environmental Science1-3
AGRI 5688Thesis1-6
Supporting Fields (may include a 12-hour minor)0-12
Approved Research Course (Selected from discipline most appropriate to research)3
Total Hours19-50
Accelerated (4+1) Option
Dual Credit coursework (counted toward both the BS and MS degree)
AGRI 5385Graduate Seminar for Agriculture and Environmental Science1-3
AGRI 5360Research Methods for Agricultural and Natural Resource Scientist3
AGRI 5380Research Writing for Agricultural and Environmental Science3
AGRI 5390Special Topics3
One graduate course as approved3
Total Dual Credit Hours13
Other Program Hours:
18-24 hrs in major as approved by committee
0-6 hrs as advised from supporting fields
Total Hours31-43

 36 hour minimum


AGRI 5385. Graduate Seminar for Agriculture and Environmental Science. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A graduate seminar with content varying according to the needs and experiences of students and the instructor of record. May be repeated for up to three hours credit as content varies. Credit for more than a combined total of 3 hours of AGRI 5385, ANSC 5385 or ENVS 5185 will not be granted. Prerequisites: Open to all students with graduate classification majoring in agriculture. Cross-listed with ENVS 5185 and ANSC 5385.

AGRI 5390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected topics in agriculture offered as needed and dependent upon departmental, faculty, and student interests. May be repeated as topics vary. Instructor approval required prior to registration.

AGRI 5688. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite: Approved research methodology course and approval of instructor of record.

Dr. Frank Owsley
Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology
Joe W. Autry Building, Room 116
Box T-0070
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9222
(254) 968-9300

Graduate Faculty

  • Guay, Kimberly Dr.
  • Harp, Randy Dr.
  • Jones, Trinette Dr.
  • Lambert, Barry Dr.
  • Kinman, Lea Dr.
  • Owsley, Frank Dr.
  • Rosiere, Randall Dr.
  • Sawyer, Jason Dr.
  • Snyder, David Dr.
  • Waddell, Jolena Dr.