Undergraduate Academic Programs

Undergraduate academic programs at Tarleton State University integrate the two necessary components of a liberal education: the broad base of knowledge essential to the education of a citizen in a democracy, and the particular knowledge and skills needed in fields of major and minor concentration essential to our modern technological society. To accomplish these goals for each student, University programs provide three choices:

  1. Four-year degree programs in most academic areas, with courses necessary for certification in public teaching offered in education;
  2. Pre-professional two- and three-year programs in most professional fields; and
  3. Special programs designed to meet unusual requirements of an individual, usually consisting of a rearrangement of university-level subject matter courses for cogent reasons.

The general approach in any case is to require during the first two years an arrangement of courses presenting basic ideas and ideals of civilization and perfecting tools of the learning process. The foundations curricula for the first two years are essentially the same, except for a slight emphasis on mathematics and science for science and business majors and on language and communication skills for liberal arts majors.

Special emphasis on major and minor subjects comes in the third and fourth years. Here the choice is made by each student, normally at the end of the second year, but certainly by the end of the third year. A degree plan is developed in consultation with an academic advisor in the chosen field; thereafter, any changes in this plan must be approved by the academic advisor, department head, and the dean of the appropriate college.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Tarleton State University offers the following degree programs:

Associate of Applied Science

  • Histotechnology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

  • Business
  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Management

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Construction Science and Management *pending SACSCOC approval*
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology *pending SACSCOC approval*
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology *pending SACSCOC approval*
  • Veterinary Technology

Bachelor of Applied Technology

  • Health Professions Technology

Bachelor of Arts

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies *pending SACSCOC approval*
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Systems
  • Computer Information Systems
  • General Business
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Art
  • Theatre

Bachelor of Music

  • Music
  • Performance

Bachelor of Science

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Services & Development
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fashion Studies
  • General Studies
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geoscience
  • Industrial Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration *pending SACSCOC approval*
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences

Bachelor of Science Nursing

  • Nursing

Bachelor of Social Work

  • Social Work
Undecided as to Major

Student Success advises all students who have not yet decided on their majors. Such students should schedule appointments with a member of this department prior to their first semester of enrollment at Tarleton. Advisors in this department refer students to campus services that help them select a major and provide academic advisement until such a selection has been made.

No secondary education degree program is available, per se.  However, secondary education certification courses may be a part of the curriculum leading to most Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs for the purpose of secondary teacher certification. Students should consult both the College of Education for information concerning certification requirements and the specific academic department for their recommended degree program.

Please refer to the College of Graduate Studies in this catalog for information about graduate degree programs.

Undergraduate Minors

Tarleton State University offers the following minors. Up to two minors may be declared in most baccalaureate degree programs. The first list of minors are those requiring a minimum of 18 hours within the minor discipline, of which 6 hours must consist of upper level coursework completed at Tarleton State University.

Minor Prefix
Accounting ACCT
Administrative Systems ADMS
Agricultural Communication ACOM
Agricultural Economics AGEC
Agricultural Mechanics AGME
Agricultural Services & Development AGSD
Animal Science ANSC
Biology BIOL
Chemistry CHEM
Child Development and Family Studies CHFS
Civil Engineering CVEN
Computer Information Systems BCIS
Criminal Justice CRIJ
Communications COMM
Computer Science COSC
Counseling CNSL
Digital Media Studies DIGM
Earth Science EASC
Economics ECON
Electrical Engineering ELEN
English ENGL
Engineering ENGR
Engineering Physics ENPH
Environmental Engineering ENVE
Environmental Science ENVS
Ethnic and Cultural Studies ECS
Fashion Studies FASH
Film Production FILM
Finance FINC
Fisheries Management FISH
Gender and Sexuality Studies GSS
Geography GEOG
Geology GEOL
Hispanic Studies HSPS
History HIST
Horticulture HORT
Industrial Technology ENGT
Interior Design INDS
Kinesiology KINE
Leadership Studies LDRS
Legal Studies LEGL
Manufacturing Engineering Technology ENGT
Management MGMT
Marketing MKTG
Mechanical Engineering MEEN
Music Business MBUS
Philosophy PHIL
Physics PHYS
Political Science POLS
Psychology PSYC
Public Health PH
Public Policy PBPL
Range & Ranch Management RNRM
Sociology SOCI
Spanish SPAN
Social Work SOCW
Theatre THEA

The second list of minors listed below are those with options or other requirements in addition to the 18 hours (of which at least 6 must be advanced).

Minor Prefix
Business BUS
International Business INBS
International Studies INTS
Mathematics MATH
Military Science MS
Music MUSC
Technical Writing TWRT
Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences WSES
Crop Science*
Ecosystem Science*
Food and Nutrition*
Natural Resource Ecology*
Plant Conservation*
Soil Science*
Wildlife Management*

These are options under the WSES minor, and may require courses with prefixes other than WSES.

These have specific requirements; students should review the appropriate section of the catalog and check with Academic Advising Services or other academic advisor before beginning a minor from this list.