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Degrees & Programs

Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences offers a Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences with two tracks:

  • Thesis track, which is research based
  • Non-thesis track

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Wildlife Science

Designed to prepare graduates for a career in wildlife and natural resource management, the Wildlife Science program at Tarleton State University is one of the few programs in the nation that provides students with the complete set of courses required to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society. The curriculum has foundation courses in biology, mathematics, and wildlife management and provides opportunities for students to gain field experience through internships or co-op settings.  In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science, Tarleton also offers a Master of Science degree in this field.

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Sustainability Studies

The Sustainability Studies concentration is a multidisciplinary field of study that provides students not only with a strong scientific background in the environmental sciences, but with extensive understanding of other fields necessary for implementing sustainable practices, such as food science, economics, sociology, and communications.

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Rangeland Ecology and Crop Science

The Rangeland Ecology and Crop Science option encompasses such disciplines as range science, restoration ecology, and agronomy.  It focuses on management of plant communities in range, forest, and other wildland systems, or the management of domesticated crops.  Students receive personalized counseling on the specific courses to take to accomplish their academic and career goals.  The strong scientific background prepares the student for working on private and public land systems, while incorporating multiple uses such as crop production, wildlife management, livestock grazing, recreation, and wildland preservation.

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Pre-veterinary Medicine

The Pre-veterinary Medicine option is designed to prepare students for admission to a college of veterinary medicine, and an eventual career as a veterinarian.  The course curriculum is based upon all the requirements set forth by the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  Additional courses prepare students for a career in wildlife science, or for a future specialization in wildlife or zoo medicine.  While graduates from the program can pursue any veterinary specialty (small-animal, livestock, or wildlife), the additional wildlife courses allow a student to simultaneously pursue their interests in wildlife.

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Soil Science 

Understanding soil chemical, physical, and ecological properties is vital to conservation of many natural resources. Courses in soils offer students a sound foundation and understanding of the most critical resource we all use and rely on for our existence. Courses in this program cover soil fertility, soil as a component of the environment, soils role in land management, and soil genesis. Career opportunities in Soil Science include: soil surveying and classification, natural resource management, soil conservationist, and ecologist.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Environmental Science: Water, and Land Quality

This concentration is designed for students interested in employment with environmental consulting companies or conducting environmental assessments of land or water resources. Students will examine water resources, protection of water quality and quantity, flood and erosion control, pollution control, waste management, and the protection of aquatic systems for wildlife. This is an excellent program for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Science, Hydrology, or Environmental Engineering. This rigorous degree program includes 2 semesters each of biology and chemistry, as well as one semester each of physics and calculus. 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Environmental Management and GIS

This concentration is designed for students interested in land use planning, natural resource management, eco-justice assessments, or in analyzing environmental interactions across the environment. It is also an excellent program for students interested in environmental agriculture, environmental education, or work with environmental advocacy organizations. This rigorous degree program includes an option for a GIS certification while exploring ecological, social, and economic interactions across the landscape.


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Environmental Policy

This concentration is designed for students interested in environmental law, investigating the impact of government policies on the environmental management and quality, and assessing impacts of resource use and pollution on human communities, It is also an excellent program for business professionals involved in developing or implementing environmentally sound business practices. This rigorous degree program includes an in-depth exploration of environmental policies, environmental law, environmental sociology, and environmental economics.