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 four 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. Degree Completion programs that focus on maximizing students' existing Credit through recognition of prior learning and workforce credits. 
  4. 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
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Kinesiology
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Management
  • Public Administration

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Construction Science and Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Applied Technology

  • Health Professions Technology

Bachelor of Arts

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Accounting
  • 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 Communication
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Services & Development
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Science
  • Applied Sociology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Science and Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • General Studies
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geoscience
  • Horticultural and Plant Sciences
  • Industrial Technology
  • Kinesiology
  • Legal Studies
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nutrition Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Teacher Education
  • Sport Management
  • Statistics
  • Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences
  • Zoo Animal Care and Management

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. No more than two minors may be declared in baccalaureate degree programs. Minors require 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
Aerospace Engineering AERO
Agricultural Communication ACOM
Agricultural Economics AGEC
Agricultural Mechanics AGME
Agroecology AGRO
Animal Science ANSC
Art History ARTH
Automoyive Engineering AUTO
Business BUS
Child Development and Family Studies CHFS
Civil Engineering CVEN
Coaching CHNG
Computer Science COSC
Conservation Law Enforcement CLEO
Construction Science and Management CNST
Counseling CNSL
Criminal Justice CRIJ
Criminal Law CLAW
Crop Sciences CRSC
Dance DANC
Digital Media Studies DIGM
Earth Science EASC
Ecological Restoration PCON
Electrical Engineering ELEN
English ENGL
Entomology ENTO
Environmental Engineering ENVE
Environmental Science ENVS
Ethnic and Cultural Studies ECS
Film Production FILM
Finance FINC
Financial Planning FINP
Fisheries Management FISH
Fitness FITN
Food and Nutrition FONU
Fraud Examination FREX
Gender and Sexuality Studies GSS
Geography GEOG
Gerontology GERS
Hispanic Studies HSPS
History HIST
Homeland Security HLSE
Horticulture Management HRTM
Horticulture Science HRTM
International Business INBS
International Natural Resource Conservation INRC
Kinesiology KINE
Leadership Studies LDRS
Legal Studies LEGL
Mathematics MATH
Mechanical Engineering MEEN
Military Science MS
Music MUSC
Music Business MBUS
Natural Resource Ecology NRE
Neuroscience NEUR
Philosophy PHIL
Political Science POLS
Psychology PSYC
Public Health PH
Public Policy PBPL
Range & Ranch Management RNRM
Real Estate REST
Social Equity and Criminal Justice SECJ
Social Work SOCW
Sociology SOCI
Soil Science SOIL
Spanish SPAN
Substance Abuse SAMH
Technical Writing TWRT
Theatre THEA
Veterinary Science VTSC
Wildlife Management WLDM

Dr. Barry Lambert
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Dean

Dr. Rajarshi Aroskar
College of Business, Dean

Dr. Kim Rynearson
College of Education, Dean

Dr. Rafael Landaeta
College of Engineering, Dean

Dr. Ramona Parker
College of Health Sciences, Dean

Dr. Amy Shouse
College of Liberal & Fine Arts, Dean

Dr. Philip Sudman
College of Science & Mathematics, Interim Dean