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Welcome to Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The department is home to approximately 500 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. It is housed in a state-of-the-art teaching and researched facility which features five specialized teaching and research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus and a retail store, "COWamongus!"

Many faculty members are leading researchers in their respective fields, including food science, food safety, muscle biology, nutrition, animal wellbeing, breeding and genetics, physiology and with specialties in cattle, horse, sheep & goats, and swine.

Food Security positions

A cluster hire of four faculty members as members of ICFIE in a transdisciplinary team among the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, College of Human Sciences and the Health Sciences Center has been approved. For more information or to apply for the positions, please click here.


Admissions & Financial Aid Information

Animal Science Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Food Science Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Meet the Students

Evan Murray
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Darby Gonzales
Animal Science, Pre-Med Option
Brittany Thompson

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Chelcie Latham

Animal Science, Equine Assisted Therapy Option

Upcoming Events

TTU State FFA and District 4-H Contests: April 26

Youth Beef 706 Program: June 3-4
Click here for more information and the application.

Meat, Livestock and Wool Judging Camps: June 5-7 Click here to download the registration form.

Livestock Judging Camp 2: June 15-17 Click here to download the registration form.

4-H Livestock Ambassador Program: July 21-23 Click here for more information and the application.

The Sixth Molecular Methods in Food Microbiology Workshop: Oct. 6-10 Click here for more information.



Therapeutic Donations


The Burnett Center: Map & General Information

Research at Burnett Center



In the News

Texas Tech's Hergenreder shines at SA animal nutrition research conference
Jerilyn Hergenreder, a graduate student with Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, took home second place honors in a graduate student poster competition on Friday (Apr. 11) at the Plains Nutrition Council's Spring Conference.

Students receive career training at AMSA Student Leadership Conference
Sixteen students from Texas Tech gathered in March at the Cargill Innovation Center in Wichita, Kansas, for the American Meat Science Association Student Leadership Conference.

Graduate students receive 3-A SSI Student Travel Scholarship Awards
Three graduate students from Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences have been awarded travel scholarships from 3-A Sanitary Standards, a non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing product safety for consumers of food, beverages and pharmaceutical products.

Texas Tech Honors Professor for 50 Years of Service
Max Miller was recognized for 50 years of service to Texas Tech University at the 2014 Length of Service Awards on Thursday (April 3). Presented annually, the awards recognize staff and faculty members for their employment longevity with the university.

Loneragan tapped as faculty fellow by Texas Tech's Vice President for Research
Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech veterinary epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health, has been named a faculty fellow for faculty development in the university's Office of the Vice President for Research.

Texas Tech researchers, students help overhaul New Zealand beef market
The success of Texas Tech University's research in meat science and quality is no secret to West Texas or even the state. Now the value of that research is being tasted around the world.

Temple Grandin heads speaker list for upcoming animal welfare meeting at Tech
Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences will host a mini-symposium featuring presentations on beta agonists and animal welfare on Tuesday (Feb. 18) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Texas Tech Club.

Judging Teams Begin Year with Strong Outings
Texas Tech University's meat, wool and livestock judging teams once again proved that Texas Tech's judging program is one of the most consistent and competitive in the nation at the recent National Western Stock Show held in Denver.

Department of Animal and Food Sciences utilizes new iCEV teaching technology
Tech's animal and food sciences department is currently using iCEV for a section of their general animal science course.