Graduate Program General Information
Graduate Program General Information
The Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences offers many challenging and unique opportunities for graduate studies. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. Animal Science and Food Science are broad fields of study involving biology, production, management, care and value-added processing of animal products. Animal Science and Food Science graduates are employed in all phases of production, research, sales, service, business and education around the world. As the world population continues to rise, it is ever more important to have well-trained professionals to serve the food and fiber needs of mankind.
Texas Tech University is located within an exceptionally dynamic and productive animal agriculture area. Texas leads the nation in beef cow-calf inventory, stocker cattle, feedlot cattle, feed and beef processing facilities, sheep, goats and horses. The swine and dairy cattle industries in our trade area are among the most rapid growing in the nation. These industries, along with their supportive infrastructure, offer exceptional support to instructional, research and interning needs of students, and offer excellent employment for our graduates.
Career Opportunities & Development
Graduates of the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences have boundless and diverse employment opportunities. For example, graduates are qualified to manage animal enterprises and processing facilities; serve as technical advisors and extension specialists; work for state and federal agencies, financial institutions, or private enterprises. Many graduates pursue careers in teaching and research in both the private and public sectors of the economy. Some develop their own private enterprises. Texas Tech animal and food scientists are making contributions to the food chain around the world. Many are leaders in their professional societies and industries. Professional certification through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists is encouraged of all our graduates to formalize their professional career development. The Animal Science and Food Science faculty at Texas Tech are eager to assist students in achieving their career aspirations.
The department offers programs of graduate study leading to the following degrees:
- Ph.D. in Animal Science
- Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology
- M.S. in Animal Science (thesis and non-thesis)
- M.S. in Food Science (thesis and non-thesis)
Each plan of study is designed by the graduate student and his/her graduate committee to accomplish the specific career aspirations of the student. Within the Department of Animal and Food Sciences alone, graduate students may select from over 30 different graduate courses. A program of study and research project is developed with appropriate selection of courses from numerous academic departments on campus for Ph.D. and M.S. students. M.Ag. students utilize an internship in lieu of a research project as a portion of their program of study. Internships with the food processing industry, ranches, feedlots, packing companies or other industries serve as a focal point for each M.Ag. student. All students are expected to publish their work in appropriate professional journals.
Animal Sciences and Food Science are applied sciences that draw heavily upon the basic sciences of biochemistry microbiology, physiology, immunology, genetics and nutrition. Each graduate plan of study is designed to accomplish three major objectives: 1) to be of practical value to the animal and food industries; 2) contribute to the advancement of science and 3) teach the student technical and reasoning skills conducive to accomplishing research. Research is conducted across the continuum from animal production to processed foods, utilizing appropriate advanced technologies of many types. Areas of research available for graduate students include ruminant nutrition, feed processing and preservation, growth physiology, animal breeding, animal behavior and welfare science, reproductive physiology, endocrinology, neuroscience, genetics of carcass merit and muscle hypertrophy, meats and muscle biology, and food processing, preservation and safety. Animal inventories of approximately 1000 beef cattle, 3000 swine, 350 sheep (many expressing the callipyge gene) and horses are available at our animal facilities to support graduate student instruction and research.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences has modern facilities to support graduate student teaching and research. Field laboratories for beef cattle, sheep, goat, swine, and horses are located on a 980-acre irrigated farm. Additionally, the Burnett Center for Beef Cattle Research and Instruction is a world-class research feedmill and feedlot complex to support the research needs of the cattle feeding and the feed milling industries. Many faculty and graduate students work closely with local commercial firms while conducting their research. Modern technical laboratories are available to all faculty including a meat laboratory/livestock arena complex located on campus. The Pork Industry Institute, the Center for Feed Industry Research and Education, and the International Center for Food Industry Excellence provide added capabilities for graduate training. Other technical support includes the Health Sciences Center, campus libraries, computer and related capabilities.
Graduate FacultyThe graduate faculty at the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences are nationally and internationally recognized as scholars and leaders in their profession
Visiting Associate Professor
|Texas A&M University||Equine Science and Reproduction|
|Michael A. Ballou, Assistant Professor||Ph. D.||
|University of California-Davis||Ruminant Nutrition (Beef & Dairy), Animal Immunology, Disease, and Health; using Animal Models to study therapeutics for human diseases|
|Heidi A. Brady, Professor||Ph.D.||
|Texas A&M University||Equine Reproductive Physiology, and Production|
|Mindy M. Brashears, Professor||Ph.D.||
|Oklahoma State University||Food Science specializing in Food Microbiology|
|J. Chance Brooks, Associate Professor||Ph.D.||
|Texas A&M University||Meat Science & Muscle Biology; Meat Packaging; Value-Added Meat Cuts|
|Tiffanie Brooks, University Vet||DVM||
|Texas A&M University||Veterinary Medicine|
|Michael L. Galyean, Dean and Horn Professor||Ph.D.||
|Oklahoma State University||Ruminant Nutrition; Feedlot Nutrition,|
|Samuel P. Jackson, Associate Professor and Associate Chair||Ph.D.||
|Texas Tech University||Growth Physiology, Sheep and Goat Production|
|Bradley Johnson, Professor, Gordon W. Davis Regent's Chair in Meat and Muscle Biology, Graduate Coordinator||Ph.D.||
|Minnesota||Muscle Biology, Muscle Growth and Development, Beef Cattle Growth and Development|
|Colorado State University||Epidemiology, Animal Health|
|John J. McGlone, Professor||Ph.D.||
|University of Illinois||Swine Behavior in Animal Welfare Science, Ethology and Physiology|
|Markus F. Miller, SALE Chair and Professor||Ph.D.||
|Texas A&M University||Meats and Muscle Biology, Food Processing, Preservation|
|Kendra Nightingale, Associate Professor||Ph.D.||
|Cornell||Food Safety and Quality, Microbiology|
|Sam Prien, Profesor||Ph.D.||
|Texas Tech University||Reproductive Physiology|
|Anoosh Rakhshandeh, Assistant Professor||Ph.D.||
|University of Guelph||Swine Nutrition and Health|
|Ryan Rathmann, Assistant Professor||Ph.D.||
|Texas Tech University||Livestock Judging|
|Leslie D. Thompson, Professor and Department Chair||Ph.D.||
|Florida||Food Science, Food Safety and Human Nutrition|
|Oklahoma State University||Beef Sustainability|