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Undergraduate Program

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Core Curriculum Requirements. The university has established core curriculum requirements for all students in order to ensure breadth in each academic program. Students may consult their academic dean regarding specific core curriculum requirements; however, these requirements are incorporated in each major in the college. Students may find a listing of core curriculum requirements in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog.

Academic Counseling. Each student in the college is assigned an academic advisor. Students who have not selected a major will be assigned an academic counselor by the dean’s office.

Selecting a Major. If students know which course of study they wish to pursue, they should select that major field when they enroll initially. Students who are undecided about a major will be classified as agriculture-undecided but will be assigned to a department and an academic advisor. During the first semester, several introductory courses in agricultural sciences and natural resources should be selected to assist in determining or confirming the preferred area for a major. Students who enter as freshmen should select a major by the end of their fourth semester. Transfer students will be required to make a major selection within two semesters after entering Texas Tech. Some departments offer the opportunity for a dual major program. Students interested in such a program should contact the chairperson of the specific departments involved.

Selecting a Minor. Minors are available in all departments for students with majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as well as those majoring in other colleges within the university. Minors are offered in the following areas: agribusiness management, agricultural leadership, agricultural communication studies, animal science, food science, landscape architecture, plant and soil science. A minimum of 18 hours is required for a minor. The maximum number of transfer hours in any minor is 9. Courses in a major but outside a student’s department may be used in the minor. A student must earn a grade of C or better in each course counted toward a minor. Students are encouraged to seek early advisement from the chair of the minor department to plan for courses that will best meet their educational and career objectives.

General Standards and Requirements. Minimum standards and requirements of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are the same as those for the university, with certain additions. In addition to the requirements stated in the Undergraduate Academics section of this catalog, other requirements include the following:

  • Students must file an application for a senior audit with the dean’s office before or during the semester in which they are enrolled for their 90th semester hour. Substitution and elective sheets also must be filed prior to or during the semester the students are enrolled for their 90th semester hour.
  • Transfer students who plan to request the use of provisional elective transfer courses as a substitution for required courses must make such a request by the end of their first semester in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • Any deviation from the approved curriculum for a particular degree must have prior approval from the chairperson of the department and the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

New Students. All new students should carefully read the catalog sections entitled Undergraduate Admissions. Entering freshmen should give special attention to course credit that can be obtained by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations usually given prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Transfer students should read the paragraphs dealing with admission of transfer students and transfer of credits from other colleges and universities in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this catalog.

Distance Degree Program. One distance education program is available at the undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science with a specialization in horticulture is detailed in the catalog under the Department of Plant and Soil Science.
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Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the college's various specializations can be found within the catalog information for each department. Those courses with an AGSC prefix that are common to many disciplines within the college can be accessed by clicking on the link below.