Environmental and Agricultural Management

The Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management offers three Bachelor of Science degrees. 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 production agriculture and/or agribusiness. Though not a requirement for all careers, a background that includes agricultural experiences either through employment or high school activities is valuable and may be supplemented through college work experience, an internship, and/or mentoring. 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 Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management Bachelor of Science degrees include:

  1. Agribusiness
    The agribusiness degree allows a choice from three support areas: agricultural economics, agribusiness management or dairy business management.  The agricultural economics track includes courses designed to prepare students for a career in the analytical or research sectors of production, marketing, or finance.  It also is the preferred track for students preparing for graduate study.  The agribusiness management track shifts somewhat to courses that prepare students for entry-level positions in the retail/wholesale sectors of production agriculture or with firms supporting the agricultural industry.  The dairy business management track is industry-designed for students who plan a career in the sector of dairy operations and supporting infrastructure including input suppliers as well as the processing and distribution of dairy products.
     
  2. Plant and Soil Science
    This degree includes support areas in crop science, range management, soil science and landscape horticulture.  The degree is strongly science-based and allows the student to explore the world of resource management and conservation related to the production of food, fiber, and livestock.  Students in the first three supports areas may choose a career within the agricultural products and service industry, consulting, private or public lands management, environmental restoration, or pursue a graduate degree.  Students choosing landscape horticulture may select to focus on business, science, or golf course management.  Each focus allows students to select from courses necessary to build a strong, successful career.  Horticultural business and golf course management are more appropriate tracks for those with interest in private sector employment, while the horticulture science track is more appropriate for those interested in public service or graduate study.  Employment opportunities include nursery/greenhouse management, landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, park, sports field or golf course management, and many more.
     
  3. Environmental Science
    This degree offers a choice from four concentrations: environmental agriculture, water resources, policy and leadership, and environmental geosciences.  Environmental Science at Tarleton is truly an integrated, multidisciplinary degree path that includes foundations in biology, chemistry, economics, environmental science, geology, and political science.  The curriculum provides students a sound scientific foundation along with an understanding of the social, economic, and political implications associated with natural resource conservation and management.  All paths prepare the student for entry into a MS-Environmental Science program. 

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
ACC 203Intro to Fin Accounting3
ACC 204Intro to Mgr Accounting3
ECO 201Principles of Economics: Macro3
MATH 111Mathematics for Business II3
A EC 212Microcomputer Appl in Agric3
A EC 230Agricultural Credit3
A EC 312Production Economics3
A EC 314Agri Mktg System3
A EC 317Agricultural Statistics3
A EC 333Agriculture Prices3
A EC 401Agricultural & Food Policy3
Select one of the following: 33
Fundamentals of Crop Prod
General Animal Science
Principles of Horticulture
A EC 484Internship1-3
or A EC 488 Undergraduate Research
Advanced Ag Electives6
Total Hours85-87
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Agricultural Economics
A EC 402International Economics3
A EC 406Commodity Futures Markets3
A EC 421Regional Economics3
A EC 430Agricultural Finance3
ECO 301Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECO 302Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECO 304Environmental Economics3
A EC 425Recreation and Tourism Eco3
or A EC 433 Eco Agribusiness Management
Advanced Electives9
Total Hours33
Agribusiness Management
A EC 402International Economics3
A EC 406Commodity Futures Markets3
A EC 430Agricultural Finance3
AGSD 302Agricultural Sales and Services3
A EC 421Regional Economics3
or A EC 425 Recreation and Tourism Eco
A EC 433Eco Agribusiness Management3
Advanced Business Electives15
Total Hours33
Dairy Business Management
A EC 402International Economics3
A EC 406Commodity Futures Markets3
A EC 430Agricultural Finance3
A EC 433Eco Agribusiness Management3
ECO 304Environmental Economics3
ANSC 308Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 309Feeds and Feeding4
ANSC 315Animal Diseases and Parasites3
ANSC 406Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 450Feed Analysis3
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CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry and BIOL 120 General Biology are strongly recommended. Please see Academic Information section. 

 
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 Advanced Business Electives can be any 3 or 4 hundred level courses in AEC, ACC, ADMS, CIS, ECO, FIN, G B, MGMT or MKTG.

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For the Dairy Business Management Concentration, student must complete ANSC 202 rather than AGRN 105 or ANSC 107 or HORT 200.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Science

Field of Study Courses
General Education Requirements42
BIOL 120 [shared] General Biology
or CHEM 105 College Chemistry I
A EC 105 [shared] Introduction to Agricultural Economics
PSSC 101Freshman Seminar1
PSSC 105Fundamentals of Crop Science3
or HORT 200 Principles of Horticulture
PSSC 301Soils4
PSSC 309Introduction to Genetics4
PSSC 315Weed Management4
PSSC 484Internship1-3
or PSSC 488 Undergraduate Research
ENTO 201General Entomology3
ENTO 380Integrated Pest Management3
MATH 300Principles of Statistics3
or MATH 350 Principles of Bio-Statistics
Other Required Courses
BIOL 307Microbiology4
BIOL 315Plant Taxonomy4
BIOL 320Plant Pathology4
BIOL 336Plant Physiology4
or
ACC 203Intro to Fin Accounting3
ACC 204Intro to Mgr Accounting3
MGMT 301Principles of Management3
MGMT 303Supervisory Management3
MKTG 314Marketing3
A EC 314Agri Mktg System3
Total Hours102-104
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Landscape Horticulture
PSSC 270Introduction to Turfgrass Science3
PSSC 470Turfgrass Management & Irrigation4
PSSC Elective3
HORT 300Plant Propagation3
HORT 301Landscape Design3
HORT 390Horticultural Plants3
HORT 403Greenhouse Crop Production3
HORT 420Landscaping with Native Plants3
Hort or as advised9
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI (or Advanced Writing Intensive)3
or G B 312 Business Correspondence
Electives6
Total Hours43
Crop Science
CHEM 108College Chemistry II4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I4
Advanced Biology4
PSSC 302Soils, Land Use and The Environment4
PSSC 305GIS for Natural Resource Managers3
PSSC 425Crop Production and Management3
PSSC 450Soil Nutrient Cycling4
As Advised9
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI (or Advanced Writing Intensive)3
or G B 312 Business Correspondence
Electives6
Total Hours44
Soil Science
GEOL 105Physical Geology4
GEOL 106Historical Geology3-4
or GEOL 310 Geomorphology
PSSC 302Soils, Land Use and The Environment4
PSSC 305GIS for Natural Resource Managers3
PSSC 312Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification4
PSSC 450Soil Nutrient Cycling4
PSSC 470Turfgrass Management & Irrigation4
As advised12
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI (or Advanced Writing Intensive)3
or G B 312 Business Correspondence
Electives6
Total Hours47-48
Range Management
ANSC 107General Animal Science3
RNRM 301Principles of Range Management3
RNRM 302Range Plants3
RNRM 305GIS for Natural Resource Managers3
RNRM 315Range Ecology3
RNRM, WLDM or as advised6
Advanced PSSC6
ANSC 309Feeds and Feeding3-4
or ANSC 406 Animal Nutrition
ANSC 313Sheep and Goat Production3
or ANSC 403 Beef Cattle Production
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI (or Advanced Writing Intensive)3
or G B 312 Business Correspondence
Electives6
Total Hours42-43

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
ENVS 185Freshman Seminar1
ENVS 485Seminar1
Select two of the following:6
Plane Trigonometry
Principles of Statistics
Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II
MATH Elective
BIOL 120General Biology4
GEOL 107Introduction to Environmental Science4
CHEM 108College Chemistry II4
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I4
E S 350Environmental Science3
ECO 304Environmental Economics3
ENGL 309Technical Writing & Document Design-WI3
POLS 310Environmental Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Geographic Information Systems for the Sciences
GIS in Water Resources
Total Hours81
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Environmental Agriculture
AGRN 302Soils, Land Use and The Environment4
Select one of the following:4
General Biology
MATH Elective
BIOL 315Plant Taxonomy4
BIOL 336Plant Physiology4
or BIOL 353 Ecology and Evolution
Select one of the following:4
Microbiology
Ecology
Limnology
ENTO 380Integrated Pest Management3
or ENTO 416 Pesticides
RNRM 315Range Ecology3
or RNRM 320 Watershed Management
AGSD 318Conservation and Water Utilization3
WLDM 221Wildlife Conservation and Management3
or WLDM 375 Conservation of Natural Resources
Advanced Electives7-8
Total Hours39-40
Water Resources
BIOL 121General Biology4
BIOL 401Ecology4
BIOL 441Limnology4
E S 413Environmental Techniques3
ENVS 490Special Topics3
GEOL 310Geomorphology3
GEOL 320Hydrogeology3
HYDR 110Introduction to Hydrology3
E S 330Meteorology3
or E S 340 Oceanography
Advanced Electives7
Total Hours37
Policy and Leadership
POLS 305Legislation3
POLS 306Political Economy3
POLS 307Public Administration3
POLS 410Environmental Policy3
POLS Electives6
SOC 312Environmental Sociology3
ECO 201Principles of Economics: Macro3
or ECO 421 Regional Economics
GEOG 110World Regional Geography3
GEOG 201The Geography of Texas3
AEC, ECO or ENVS Advanced Electives12
Total Hours42
Environmental Geosciences
AGRN 302Soils, Land Use and The Environment4
E S 330Meteorology3
E S 340Oceanography3
E S 413Environmental Techniques3
Select one of the following:4
General Biology
MATH Elective
GEOL 105Physical Geology3
GEOL 106Historical Geology4
GEOL 313Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4
GEOL 320Hydrogeology3
GEOL 412Subsurface Methods3
Advanced Elective3
Total Hours37
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Please see Academic Information section.

Courses

HORT 200. Principles of Horticulture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). (TCCN = AGRI 1315, HORT 1301)

Introduction to the horticulture industry and the career opportunities that are available. The course includes an introduction to plant classification and structure, greenhouse construction and management, orchard and vegetable crops, and plant propagation.

HORT 270. Intro to Turfgrass Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to turfgrass history, benefits, and use. Growth and development of various turfgrass species and their culture, including pest and disease management, are studied.

HORT 300. Plant Propagation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles of propagating plants, including vegetables, ornamentals, and fruits. Methods of handling seed; starting plants by the use of cuttings, layers, buds, grafts, and bulbs; ways of propagating specific plants; factors influencing growth of plants after transplanting. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and HORT 200. Lab fee $4.

HORT 301. Landscape Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Planting design and use of plants in the landscape. Use of drafting instruments, preparation of plans, perspective drawings, and cost estimates. Prerequisite: Junior classification. Lab fee $2.

HORT 315. Weed Management. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

General principles in the development of weed prevention and management programs. Common weed ecology and life cycles, land management factors, herbicide selection and performance, and cultural control strategies. Laboratory includes weed identification and herbicide application methods. Credit for both HORT 315 and AGRN 315 will not be awarded. Pre-requisites: HORT 200 or 270. Lab fee $10.

HORT 320. Landscaping & Gardening Prac. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The use of landscape plants, vegetable and fruit crops for residential properties development. Gardening practices to include pruning, planting design, fertilizing, pest control, and organic methods will be studied.

HORT 360. Horticulture Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles of landscape, interior, and floral design. Plant identification, environmental requirements, and culture. Prerequisite: HORT 200 or equivalent. Lab fee $5.

HORT 370. Floriculture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

HORT 380. Golf Course Design & Construct. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Topics include the history of golf, styles of golf courses and layouts, site analysis, and design of greens, tees, and fairways. Construction practices as applied to tees, greens fairways, athletic fields, drainage, and irrigation will be studied. Discussions will include environmental issues related to design and construction, and permits as required by the government. Prerequisite: HORT 200 and 270 or approval of instructor. Lab fee $15.

HORT 390. Horticulture Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Identification, classification, and characteristics of horticultural plants. Includes the study of trees, shrubs, aroids, cacti, bromeliads, ferns, begonias, and orchids. Prerequisite: HORT 200 or equivalent or approval of department head. Lab fee $8.

HORT 401. Greenhouse & Nursery Mgt. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the variables affecting greenhouse and nursery crop production. Both economic and physical variables will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on management techniques used by commercial establishments in producing and marketing ornamental nursery and greenhouse plants. Prerequisites: HORT 200 and 300. Lab fee $2.

HORT 403. Plant Propagation & Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Plant Propagation and Production ¿ Principles of propagating various plant materials, vegetative propagation methods, handling, starting, storing, and collecting seed, greenhouse management practices as related to propagation, production and maintenance of stock materials, crop scheduling, production, grading and distribution. Course Fee $15. Prerequisites: HORT 200, HORT 300, and HORT 401.

HORT 420. Landscaping with Native Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Identification, characterization, and utilization of herbaceous and woody plants indigenous to Texas and other areas useful for landscaping purposes. Principles and procedures of xeriscaping will be emphasized. Field trips will be required. Prerequisite: HORT 200. Lab fee $5.

HORT 430. Horticultural Enterprises. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Horticultural business and educational enterprises will be visited or explored. Students are required to complete a business portfolio which will include photographs and written documents. Prerequisite: Jr or Sr classification. Lab Fee $5.

HORT 450. Retail Horticulture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The establishment and management of a retail store with emphasis on plant display, care, and marketing in a retail environment, and on customer relations with respect to common home and landscape problems. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

HORT 470. Turfgrass Mgt & Irrigation. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Characteristics and management of turfgrasses used for home lawns and recreational areas. Turfgrass irrigation system design. Prerequisite: HORT 200 and 270. Lab fee $6.

HORT 480. Golf Course Mgt. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Environmental issues related to turfgrass and golf course management will be covered. Topics will include greens management, water conservation, course setup, personnel management, and budgeting. Prerequisites: HORT 380 and 470. Lab fee $15.

HORT 484. Internship. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) of on-the-job training in a commercial or private horticultural or landscaping operation approved by academic advisor. May be enrolled concurrently in HORT 486 as arranged with advisor. Prerequisites: Senior or advanced junior classification and approval of academic advisor. Field experiences fee $50.

HORT 486. Horticulture Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Individualized study of current topics in student's major concentration of study or supporting discipline. Specific content and credit dependent upon student's interest, needs, and depth of study. Maximum undergraduate credit, four semester hours. Prerequisites: Senior classification and advance approval by instructor of record.

HORT 488. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Fundamental research methods will be addressed through a faculty-directed project. Participation in an abbreviated lecture series may be required. Project components may include a literature review, data collection and analysis, testing, planning, project design, and/or computer modeling. The student is required to prepare a final report and produce a presentation. No credit is awarded until the report and presentation are submitted. Only one undergraduate research experience will be counted toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, completion of 12 hours in HORT, and approval of department head.

HORT 490. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special Topics. (Credit-variable) Deals with selected topics in agriculture or horticulture. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours counting towards the degree. Prerequisite Course(s): Approval of department head.

Dr. Ashley Lovell, Interim Department Head
Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 201
Box T-0050
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9221
lovell@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/env-ag-mgmt

Professors

  • Ewell
  • Kattes
  • Rosiere
  • Wade
  • Wittie

Associate professors

  • Cummings
  • Yu

Assistant professor

  • McGahan

Instructor

  • Shockey