The Department of Agricultural Sciences provides students with personal development opportunities and preparation for careers in agriculture and related industries. A Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture is available in the option of either Plant, Soil and Environment Science or Integrated Pest Management. Students may also seek the Master of Science degree in Agriculture with concentration in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science.
Opportunities for internships are available for students who wish to obtain "hands-on training" in several facets relating to agricultural production. These internships provide practical training which allows students to gain valuable experience while working toward a degree. A limited number of research assistantships are available for graduate students.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) represents an environmentally and ecologically sound approach to managing insect, weed and disease pests. IPM includes the latest information regarding pest biology, sampling, cultural practices, biological control, host plant resistance and selective use of pesticides.
Plant protection professionals trained in IPM work in a dynamic field. New technology and breakthroughs in agriculture are occurring at a rapid pace, and demand for specialists in this field will continue to be strong. Opportunities for graduates include employment in product development and marketing in the agricultural chemical industry, crop consultants, extension educators, systems analysts and applied researchers. Some students may become a certified TDA private applicator or commercial/noncommercial applicator as well as a certified crops advisor.
For further information, contact Dr. Brock Blaser, Dr. Bonnie Pendleton, Dr. Clay Robinson, or Dr. Bob Stewart at (806) 651-2550.