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Department Degree Program Name Learning Outcomes Testimonials

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agribusiness (MAB)

  • Acquisition of Economic Knowledge - Demonstrated understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods
  • Application of Economic Knowledge - Completion of a professional internship with a high quality organization that includes aspects of career development and professional success
  • Communication of Economic Knowledge - Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and oral form
  • Employment - Demonstrate ability to operate in an employment position requiring effective use of economic theory and analytic methods

 

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agricultural and Applied Economics (BS)

  • Communication- Development of professional ability to communicate in written and oral forms in both individual and team settings, in addition to effectively interacting with colleagues in team assignments
  • Mastery of theoretical and applied economic tools to prepare for advanced degrees in economics, law, business administration, and other related fields. Acquisition of the professional skill set necessary to attain meaningful employment in the areas of economics, business management, marketing, and sales
  • Disciplinary Knowledge- Development of ability to use logical inference and deductive reasoning in conjunction with economic models to effectively define and solve economic problems
  • Technology- Mastery of the use of basic computer-based information systems to organize, manipulate, analyze, and present economic data

 

 

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agricultural and Applied Economics (MS)

Thesis Option

  • Acquisition of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods
  • Application of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to develop a research proposal, conduct analysis, & evaluate & report results
  • Communication of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and oral form
  • Employment- Demonstrated ability to operate in an employment position requiring effective use of economic theory and analytic methods. Placement of student in a position in their field within 9 months of graduation

Non-Thesis Option

  • Acquisition of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods
  • Application of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to complete a professional paper demonstrating an understanding of economic concepts and analytical methods
  • Communication of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and oral form
  • Employment- Demonstrated ability to operate in an employment position requiring effective use of economic theory and analytic methods
 

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Agricultural and Applied Economics(PHD)

  • Acquisition of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated understanding of economic theory and quantitative methods
  • Application of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to analyze, evaluate & report results of research
  • Communication of Economic Knowledge- Demonstrated ability to communicate in written and oral form
  • Methodology of Economic Research- Demonstrated methodological expertise in an area of research on a topic generated by the student
  • Employment- Demonstrated ability to operate in a research-related employment position
 

Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Communications (BS)

  • Synthesis of Knowledge- Students will demonstrate their mastery of skills required in agricultural communications professions
  • Acquisition of Knowledge- Demonstrated understanding of writing mechanics (grammar, spelling, and punctuation), writing style and design for various purposes and audiences
  • Application of Knowledge- Students will demonstrate their mastery of skills required in agricultural communications professions

Lindsey Milner Henry

"It has prepared me in a variety of ways by teaching me about many things I will have to do in a work environment."

  - Lindsey Milner Henry, Bachelor's in Agricultural Communications

Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Communications (MS)

  • Application of Advanced Agricultural Communications Knowledge- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing the agricultural communications profession through scholarly productivity activities
  • Communication in Agricultural Communications- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Acquisition of Knowledge in Agricultural Communications- Students will demonstrate understanding of agricultural Communication theory and the methods and evaluation of research

Blank Female

"My degree and time at TTU has given me opportunities to have exceptional academic experiences, leadership opportunities, and hands-on internships. Through these three components, I feel I have been prepared to get the career I want and to be able to succeed in that career." 

- Sinclaire Soblebower, Master's in Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Communications (PHD)

  • Application of Advanced Agricultural Communications and Education Knowledge- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing the agricultural communications and education profession through scholarly productivity activities.
  • Communication in Agricultural Communications and Education- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Acquisition of Knowledge in Agricultural Communications and Education- Students will demonstrate understanding of agricultural communications and education theory and the methods and evaluation of research.

Garrett Steede

"I have been thrilled with my time at Texas Tech. Tech was my number one choice when I was looking for doctoral programs and the faculty have gone above and beyond my expectations. I have had more opportunities and experiences than I ever could have imagined. I am now in the job search process and have two on-campus interviews coming up at two amazing programs I would be delighted to join. My time and experiences at Texas Tech have prepared me to be a sought after candidate in my field."

- Garrett Steade, PhD in Agricultural Communications and Education

Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Education (MS)

  • Application of Advanced Agricultural Education Knowledge- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing the agricultural education profession through scholarly productivity activities
  • Communication in Agricultural Education- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Acquisition of Knowledge in Agricultural Education- Students will demonstrate understanding of agricultural education theory and the methods and evaluation of research.

Blank Female

"My time at Texas Tech has provided me with a diverse and valuable skill set that will benefit me in my future career as an agricultural science teacher. I was provided many opportunities to grow both personally and professionally during my time here." 

- Amanda Spacek, Master's in Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education and Communications

Agricultural Education (EDD)

  • Communication in Agricultural Education- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Application of Advanced Agricultural Education Knowledge- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing the agricultural education profession through scholarly productivity activities.
  • Acquisition of Knowledge in Agricultural Education- Students will demonstrate understanding of agricultural education theory and the methods and evaluation of research.
 

Animal and Food Sciences

Animal Science (BS)

  • Critical Thinking Skills- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of Animal Science- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of animal science.
  • Experiential Learning- Students will engage in experiential learning activities and demonstrate skills to prepare them for future employment in agriculture.
  • Preparation for career- Graduating ANS students will leave TTU well prepared for their future careers.

Keely Sears

"My time at Texas Tech has been extremely valuable to me. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to have an internship with Elanco Animal Health that came from an interview on campus. That internship was so successful that I have been offered and accepted a position with them upon my graduation in May."

- Keeley Sears, Bachelor's in Animal Science

Animal and Food Sciences

Animal Science (MS)

  • Comprehensive Understanding of Animal Science- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of animal science.
  • Critical Thinking Skills- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Experiential Learning- Students will engage in experiential learning activities and demonstrate skills to prepare them for future employment in agriculture.

Blank Male

"I believe my time at Texas Tech has prepared me to pursue a PhD as well as invaluable experiences teaching students. The teaching staff here have been supportive in my studies to help me ascertain my goals and inspired me to peruse a job as a college professor. My major professor has been a beacon to me by always providing me valuable insight no matter the topic. The one issue I can find is lack of classes pertaining to my area of focus. The lack of a current endocrinology course leaves me feeling under prepared in the field of reproductive physiology and overlap of classes limited the types of classes I could take to better prepare myself. This has better prepared me to become a college professor as well as continuing research."

- Dylan Easley, Master's in Animal Science

Animal and Food Sciences

Animal Science (PHD)

  • Comprehensive Understanding of Animal Science- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of animal science.
  • Critical Thinking Skills- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Experiential Learning- Students will engage in experiential learning activities and demonstrate skills to prepare them for future employment in agriculture.

Blank Male

"I work in Dr. Bradley Johnson's Lab Group in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences here at Texas Tech University. Being a member of the Johnson Lab has been a great experience, primarily from the aspect of being able to be involved in multiple feeding studies at the Texas Tech University Burnett Center for Feedlot Research. Working in the Johnson Lab offered me greater immersion into beef feedlot research and application of science in the management of cattle than I ever thought possible. In particular, Dr. Johnson offered me a great deal of responsibility and experience in study implementation and data management of small pen feedlot research. These skills will be highly valuable as I enter the real world."

- Zachary Kidd Foster Smith

Animal and Food Sciences

Food Science (BS)

  • Knowledge of Food Science- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of food science.
  • Critical Thinking Skills- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Experiential Learning- Students will engage in experiential learning activities and demonstrate skills to prepare them for future employment in agriculture.
  • Preparation for career- Graduating FDSC students will leave TTU well prepared for their future careers.
 

Animal and Food Sciences

Food Science (MS)

  • Knowledge of Food Science- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of food science.
  • Critical Thinking Skills- Students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • Preparation for career- Graduating FDSC students will leave TTU well prepared for their future careers.
 

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary - Agribusiness

  • Communication- Development of professional ability to communicate in written and oral forms in both individual and team settings, in addition to effectively interacting with colleagues in team assignments.
  • Integrated Learning- Mastery of theoretical and applied economic/business tools to prepare for advanced degrees in economics, law, business administration, and other related fields.
  • Acquisition of the professional skill set necessary to attain meaningful employment in the areas of economics, business management, finance, marketing, and sales.
  • Disciplinary Knowledge- Development of ability to use logical inference and deductive reasoning in conjunction with economic/business models to effectively define and solve economic/business problems.
  • Technology- Mastery of the use of basic computer-based information systems to organize, manipulate, analyze, and present economic data.
 

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary - Agriculture/Leadership

  • Acquisition of Knowledge- Students will acquire agricultural/leadership knowledge-Demonstrated understanding of agricultural sciences and leadership theory.
  • Application of Agricultural Leadership Knowledge- Students will complete a professional internship with a quality organization that include aspects of career and leadership development and professional success.
  • Communications in Agricultural Leadership- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate both in written and oral form.
 

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary -  Teacher Certification (BS)

  • Acquisition of Knowledge- Students will acquire agricultural education knowledge with a demonstrated understanding of agricultural sciences and educational theory.
  • Application of Knowledge- Students will complete a student teaching internship at an approved school with a supervising teacher that includes aspects of planning, instruction, assessment, and program implementation.
  • Communications in Agricultural Education- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in both oral and written form.
 

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture (BLA)

  • Theoretical and applied knowledge- Theoretical and applied knowledge, skills and abilities within the field of Landscape Architecture. a. Knowledge b. Skills & Abilities
  • Demonstrate skills- Demonstrate technical and professional skills needed to commence a professional career.
  • Diverse background- Demonstrate recognition of diverse background, philosophies in science and humanities and explain the professional ethics needed for a successful career.
  • Communication- Development of ability to communicate graphically, orally and in written form appropriate for entry-level position in Landscape Architecture in public and private firms.
 

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture (MLA)

  • Theoretical and applied knowledge- Theoretical and applied knowledge, skills and abilities within the field of Landscape Architecture. a. Knowledge b. Skills & Abilities
  • Communication- Development of ability to communicate graphically, orally and in written form appropriate for entry-level position in Landscape Architecture in public and private firms.
  • Demonstrate skills- Demonstrate technical and professional skills needed to commence a professional career.
  • Demonstrate Diverse background- Demonstrate recognition of diverse background, philosophies in science and humanities and explain the professional ethics needed for a successful career.
 

Natural Resources Management

Conservation Law Enforcement (BS)

  • Scientific Method- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and the abilities to think critically and solve problems.
  • Communication- Students will demonstrate communication skills in writing, speaking, and group discussion.
  • Quantitative and Analytical Skills- Students will demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills and the ability to use appropriate technology
  • Natural Resources- Students will demonstrate content-area expertise in the science of natural resources management.
  • Conservation Law Enforcement- Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of conservation law enforcement.

Elvis Hernandez

 "The field of Conservation Law Enforcement is very competitive. The unique program offered through Texas Tech University has combined professionals from local departments along with professors together in the curriculum, to give students the best education possible to prepare us for success in this career path. Growing up, my dream was to protect our natural resources, for everyone to enjoy. Not only did Texas Tech make my dream possible, the knowledge, tools, faculty, and professional student clubs have added a uniqueness to my Bachelor of Science degree. The achievements I have earned so far in my college career are nothing but results from the investment of such a stellar education in a degree program that I can be proud of today, tomorrow, and forever."

- Elvis Hernandez, Bachelor's in Conservation Law Enforecement

Natural Resources Management

Natural Resources Management (BS)

  • Communication- Students will demonstrate communication skills in writing, speaking, and group discussion.
  • Scientific Method- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and the abilities to think critically and solve problems.
  • Quantitative and Analytical Skills- Students will demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills and the ability to use appropriate technology
  • Natural Resources- Students will demonstrate content-area expertise in the science of Natural Resources Management.
  • Concentration-Specific Skills Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of their chosen concentration (a specialization in conservation science, fisheries biology, ranch management, range conservation, or wildlife biology)

Blank Male

"My time at Texas Tech University can be described with one word: personalized. I never felt like a number at Texas Tech. In fact, every professor, advisor, and mentor I've had always took a genuine interest in my success; whether it was a professor willing to meet with me and review concepts until they were certain I had a sufficient understanding of the material, or a mentor scheduling weekly meetings with me to help me with my future career goals. Although I did receive a personalized education, it was by no means an experience that was handed to me on a silver platter. I had to work hard to learn concepts, and I had to show the desire to work, intern, or participate outside of the classroom in order to be successful. However, my desire and hard work always seemed to be rewarded. Specifically, in the Department of Natural Resources Management, there were ample opportunities to work in a lab, intern for a graduate student, or participate in field work for any student that showed interest. This is important, because these activities taught real world skills that are crucial for individuals pursuing a job in the area of natural resources. In summary, nothing was handed to me during my time at Texas Tech, but I always felt that my hard work and thirst for more was rewarded. My personalized experience was not an outlier in the experiences of the average student, because there were numerous, readily made available opportunities to get involved with organizations, labs, and internships that taught extremely applicable skills for the future."

- Christopher Mitchell 

Natural Resources Management

Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management (MS)

  • Communication- Graduate students will demonstrate professional level oral, written, and multimedia communication skills.
  • Research- Graduates will receive comprehensive training in the areas of the scientific method, experimental design, and sampling techniques related to their specialty discipline in natural resource research.
  • Training- Graduates will be prepared for employment in the public or private sector or to pursue doctoral degrees in natural resource management.

Natural Resources Management

Wildlife, Aquatic and Wildlands Science, and Management (PhD)

  • Communication- Graduate students will demonstrate professional level oral, written, and multimedia communication skills.
  • Research- Graduates will receive comprehensive training in the areas of the scientific method, experimental design, and sampling techniques related to their specialty discipline in natural resource research.
  • Training- Graduates will be prepared for employment in the academic, public or private sector or to pursue doctoral degrees in natural resource management.
  • Teaching- Graduates will be effective teachers of natural resource management courses
 

Plant and Soil Science

Horticulture (MS)

  • Methodological Research Expertise and Critical Thinking- Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking to identify problems and derive conclusions in a complex global society.
  • Develop an understanding of both theoretical and applied principles of Horticulture Science- Students will develop and demonstrate a theoretical and applied knowledge of Horticulture Science.
  • Ability to design experiments and analyze data- Students will demonstrate their ability to design experimental plan for their research and analyze data generated.
  • Develop Communication Skills- Students will communicate in oral form appropriate for research level position in horticulture.
 

Plant and Soil Science

Plant and Soil Science (BS)

  • Application: Each student will demonstrate exceptional ability to apply technical and professional problem solving, and critical thinking skills needed to function within their specific field in the Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Detailed Knowledge: Each student will demonstrate exceptional in-depth knowledge and skills within their specific field in the Plant and Soil Sciences.
  • Basic Knowledge: Each student will demonstrate exceptional ability to seek, find, and relate technical and professional knowledge in their specific field in the Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Communication Skills: Each student will demonstrate exceptional oral, written, and additional communication skills appropriate for their specific field in the Plant and Soil Sciences
 

Plant and Soil Science

Plant and Soil Science (MS)

  • Develop an understanding of both Applied and Theoretical Knowledge principles of Plant and Soil Science- Students will develop and demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge within their field of Plant and Soil Science.
  • Methodological Research Expertise and Critical Thinking- Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking to identify problems and derive conclusions in a complex global society
  • Ability to design experiments and analyze data- Students will demonstrate their ability to design experimental plan for their research and analyze data generated
  • Develop Communication Skills- Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate in oral form appropriate for a career in Plant and Soil Science

Blank Female

"My time and degree has given me the experience I need to get the job I'd want. I have taken multiple classes that laid a theoretical foundation of the knowledge I need for a successful career. I have also done a lot of field work that has given me the hands-on experience I need. The class work and field work combined has prepared me for the job I want."

- Bianca Rendon, Master's in Plant and Soil Science 

Plant and Soil Science

Plant and Soil Science (PHD)

  • Develop an understanding of both Applied and Theoretical Knowledge principles of Plant and Soil Science- Students will develop and demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge within their field of Plant and Soil Science.
  • Methodological Research Expertise and Critical Thinking- Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking to identify problems and derive conclusions in a complex global society
  • Ability to design experiments and analyze data- Students will demonstrate their ability to design experimental plan for their research and analyze data generated
  • Develop Communication Skills- Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate in oral form appropriate for a career in Plant and Soil Science

Haydee Laza

"Today, being an attractive candidate in the job market has become more challenging than ever. Thus, being an expert in your field doesn't guarantee you a job at all. Although, I have polished some marketable skills by attending many professional training offered by my department and the university, I received the most complete preparation in the CASC program. I am sincerely impressed with the high standard training, particularly the Alan and alda workshop, which helped me develop a new set of skills in communicating science to the public, in social media, and interviews."

- Haydee Laza, PhD in Plant and Soil Science 

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