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CASNR Facts

 

College Highlights

  • We are among the 30 largest programs of ag sciences and natural resources in the U.S. yet we still are able to offer an average class size of 29 students, with a 13:1 faculty to student ratio.
  • We offer one bachelors, three masters, and one doctoral program via distance education format.
  • Through 2010, the USDA forecasts about 52,000 job openings for degrees in ag sciences and natural resources, and only about 32,300 qualified graduates to fill them. More info at The Cooperative State, Research, Education and Extension Service.

  • We have more than 30 clubs, organizations, and competitive teams that are CASNR-based.
  • One of every three CASNR students are on scholarship, last year receiving a collective $1.3 million.
  • A Congressional Internship Program is offered at both the state and federal levels, and a study abroad program is offered through the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, England.
  • Our facilities include a new $17 million Animal & Food Sciences building and labs; farm and feedlot for teaching and research; greenhouse/garden complex; and a design studio.
  • All majors require or offer internships, for that "real-world" experience employers look for.
  • The Undergraduate Research Program is one of the first of its type, offering a mentorship with a faculty member and funding for research in the agricultural sciences and natural resources.

 

Making an Impact

  • About 25-35% of CASNR students go directly to graduate or professional schools after their bachelors degree.
  • About 75% of CASNR students who apply to vet, medical, pharmacy, or law school are admitted.
  • The average starting salary for CASNR graduates with full-time employment is $35,000/year, and ranges from $24,000 to $80,000. The national average for starting salaries with a bachelors degree is also $35,000.
  • Famous/prominent CASNR alumni include:
    • Bob Anderson, landscape architect who redesigned the area surrounding Austin-Bergstrom Airport
    • Daniel Brackeen, founder of TCBY (The Country's Best Yogurt)
    • Texas Senator Robert Duncan
    • Drew Deberry, USDA's liaison to the White House
    • Wyman Meinzer, wildlife photographer extraordinaire and the State Photographer of Texas
    • Bryan Daniel, USDA's State Director for Rural Development-Texas
    • Lance Anderson, managing director of TTU's Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

 

Students led by recognized teachers and research

  • Sponsored research in 2003-2004 was the highest rate for any college at TTU.
  • Our faculty members are frequently recognized with university and industry awards including, creativity in teaching, distinguished teaching and research, and excellence in teaching.
  • Twenty-one of our faculty members are in the Teaching Academy.
  • Two CASNR departments have received the Academy's Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award since the award's inception in 2000.
  • More than 10% of faculties hold endowed professorships or chairs, and numerous staff has been recognized with the university's Quality Service Award.
  • Academic advising is done by faculty members.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact the Ag Recruitment & Career Center in the CASNR Dean's Office at 806-742-2808.

 

Degree Programs and Options

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics/General Business
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Food Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Interdisciplinary Agriculture (Agricultural Education)
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Range Management
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Management
  • Agriculture Undecided