College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences includes the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences; the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology; and the Department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences.

Historically, Tarleton has been strong in the discipline of agriculture since its establishment in 1899, and it was known for most of the first half of this century as John Tarleton Agricultural College. Enrollment in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences exceeds 1,800. With 14 Texas universities offering baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, Tarleton’s program is third in number of student majors in Texas and third nationally among non-land-grant universities. Tarleton’s graduates have a reputation for high performance and for contributions to their professions in agriculture, agribusiness, education, and consumer sciences. Many have continued their education and attained graduate and professional degrees at leading universities nationwide.

The majors within the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture include strong programs in Animal Science, Animal Production, Animal Industries, Wildlife Management, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Ecosystem Science, Horticulture and Landscape Management, and Environmental Science. Both the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology and Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences offer Pre-Veterinary Medicine Programs.  In addition, the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

The Agricultural and Consumer Sciences program, which includes the traditional teacher certification program (Agricultural Education), has received state and national recognition by routinely leading the state of Texas and the nation in numbers of graduates certified to teach and remains in the top five in the nation today. The department also includes options in Agricultural Communications, Agri-Industries and Agencies, Horticulture and Agribusiness.

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences (WSES) offers two Bachelor of Science degrees -- the BS in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences and the BS in Environmental Sciences.  Within each degree, students may choose from among various degree tracks to fit their unique interests and career goals.  Through the faculty-student advisement process, a course of study is developed to allow the student to pursue his/her interest and potential while preparing for a long-term, productive career in the natural resource and environmental sciences.  All degree programs stress hands-on interactions in the classroom, as well as through required internships other applied learning experiences.  All of the career tracks within the department are strongly science/discipline-based with the goal of providing the graduate with the academic background necessary to compete in the current employment market and to be a life-long contributor to the profession.

The Tarleton Agriculture Center, supporting the instructional programs in agriculture, is located on 2,000 acres of university land and includes a dairy; beef cattle center, feedlot, and ranch; confinement swine operation; poultry facility; horse center with arena, stallion barn, and laboratory; horticulture center with greenhouses and laboratory-classroom; golf course laboratory and support greenhouses; and a meats laboratory complete from abattoir to retail processing and sales. Located adjacent to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, the Tarleton Agriculture Center provides excellent employment experiences for Tarleton undergraduate agriculture majors and research opportunities for those seeking the Master of Science degree in Agriculture.

Tarleton emphasizes quality teaching in all of the agricultural degree programs. Faculties include 40 full-time appointments, 35 with doctoral degrees from leading universities across the nation. Several Texas A&M University System faculty members serve as adjunct or graduate faculty.

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences

  1. Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Services and Development
    1. Agricultural Science with Teacher Certification
    2. Agricultural Communication
    3. Agri-Industries and Agencies
    4. Horticulture
  2. Bachelor of Science - Agribusiness
    1. Agribusiness
    2. Agricultural Economics
    3. Dairy Business Management
    4. Personal and Small Business Financial Planning
  3. Master of Science - Agricultural and Consumer Resources (thesis and non-thesis tracks)

Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

  1. Bachelor of Science - Animal Science
    1. Animal Industries
    2. Animal Production
    3. Animal Science
    4. Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  2. Bachelor of Applied Science - Veterinary Technology
    1. Companion Animals
    2. Equine
    3. Veterinary Business Management
  3. Master of Science - Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (thesis and non-thesis tracks)

Department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences

  1. Bachelor of Science - Environmental Sciences
    1. Environmental Science
    2. Environmental Management and GIS
    3. Environmental Policy
  2. Bachelor of Science - Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences
    1. Pre-Veterinary Medicine
    2. Natural Resource Ecology & Crop Science
    3. Soil Science
    4. Sustainability Studies
    5. Wildlife Science
  3. Master of Science - Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (thesis and non-thesis tracks)

Dr. W. Stephen Damron, Dean
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 101
Box T-0180
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9227
sdamron@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/coaes

Dr. David Drueckhammer, Associate Dean
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 116
Box T-0180
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9227
drueckh@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/coaes

Ms. Carol Murphy, Administrative Assistant V
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 101
Box T-0180
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9227
cmurphy@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/coaes

Ms. Desa Rowe, Budget & Records Specialist
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 101
Box T-0180
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9054
rowe@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/coaes