Texas A&M Animal Science

Published on Wed, 04/10/2019 - 1:41pm

 Texas A&M Animal Science

 Article provided by Department of Animal Science

 The Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University remains one of the largest of its kind in the United States, offering degree programs leading to B.S., M.Ag., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Animal Science, Animal Breeding, and Physiology of Reproduction. Our Department consists of 60 Extension, research, and teaching faculty, and our current enrollment includes almost 1,300 undergraduate students and between 130-150 graduate students. We remain committed to developing and maintaining high-quality and relevant educational programs for our primary stakeholders – students. Our dedication to this goal has formed the evolution of our programs and remains a driving priority.
The training of competent future animal science researchers, producers, educators, and leaders is essential to discover and disseminate new knowledge, information, and technologies that sustain animal agriculture production systems to meet world animal protein demands in 2050. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary, competency-based curriculum is the cornerstone of the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science goal to develop and educate future cohorts of trained animal scientists who are well equipped to address national and international challenges facing animal agriculture.
Currently, Animal Science is a popular undergraduate major. Nationally, undergraduate enrollments in animal science disciplines (e.g., general animal science; animal breeding, health, and nutrition; dairy science; food animal management; and poultry science) have steadily increased since 1987. There has also been a shift in the demographics of the student population, prompting the department to reevaluate and redesign curriculum to better meet the needs of students.

Our new undergraduate curriculum seeks to address the complexity of food animal production. Our curriculum has embedded student learning outcomes beyond agricultural production knowledge to include biotechnology, animal well-being, environmental pollution, international trade, hunger and poverty, social justice, and other issues. Critical-thinking skills are addressed in our curriculum, training our students to ask questions and challenge them to learn how the scientific method contributes to solving complex and global issues. For this to occur, students must use their knowledge and skills to address real-world situations, which is accomplished within our new ‘capstone’ course. Additionally, providing unique high impact learning experiences for our students (e.g., undergraduate student research, enhanced internship opportunities, study abroad, and other experiential learning opportunities) is an effective way to identify and develop future animal scientists.

The following degrees are currently offered:
     •  Doctor of Philosophy
            o  Animal Science
            o  Animal Breeding
            o  Physiology of Reproduction
     •  Master of Science
            o  Animal Science
            o  Animal Breeding
            o  Physiology of Reproduction
     •  Master of Agriculture
            o  Animal Science
     •  Master of Equine Industry Management
     •  Bachelor Science
          o  Animal Science

Over the next decade, our diverse and engaged faculty, staff, and student body will continue to seek excellence in all of our programs and initiatives. To more effectively fulfill the mission of the Department of Animal Science, Areas of Excellence have been identified and developed.

The goals for these Areas of Excellence are to provide focused areas of scholarship within the Department for which we may be or will become a national and international leader.  The Areas of Excellence align with the missions of both the Department and College, as well as the strategic pillars of the University.

Department of Animal Science Areas of Excellence are:
     •  Cattle Adapted to Tropical and Subtropical Environments
     •  Pregnancy and Developmental Programming
     •  Safety, Quality, and Nutrition of Food Products
     •  Student and Stakeholder Engagement in Animal Science
     •  Quantifiable Animal Performance

Department of Animal Science
2471 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2471
Tel. 979.862.4994