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M.S. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


The Departments of Animal Science & Veterinary Technology and Wildlife, Sustainability, & Ecosystem Sciences offer a Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Students who pursue this degree will have two track options:

  • The Thesis Track involves an original research project that will be completed with the direction of a graduate faculty member and will include the preparation of a thesis in addition to the required coursework.
  • The Non-Thesis Track is likely to attract students who desire to complete coursework that will further qualify them for public or agency employment, as well as strengthen advancement opportunities in their current or future employment.

Designed With You in Mind

Through the Thesis Track students will gain experience through research methodology, as well as technical writing that will greatly expand both their employment and advancement opportunities. The Non-Thesis Track will give students a more general degree with coursework flexibility that will allow them to design a program which will emphasize their interests and strengths.


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Career Opportunities

A Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences can lead to careers such as:

  • Researcher
  • Farm Manager
  • County Extension Services
  • Post-Secondary Teaching
  • Animal Scientist
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Past Thesis Research

Students in the Department of Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences have done extensive research on topics such as:

  • Habitat Selection by Black-Shouldered Kites in Agroecosystems, investigation of bats in a landscape comprised of reserves and agriculture fields, Population Ecology/Genetics of Dwarf Geckos, and Crested Guineafowl Demographics in an Agricultural Matrix in Swaziland, Africa
  • White-tipped Dove Land-cover Associations, Distribution, and Abundance in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
  • Spatiotemporal Dynamic of Otobius megnini, and Hard Ticks (Ixodidae) at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI- Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And many more!

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Program Objectives

  • Provide students with two degree track options in order to mold their education to their specific academic needs.
  • Provide students with experience through research methodology and technical writing.
  • Give students the option to design their program of study to emphasize their interests in specific subject matter or broad-based advanced studies.

Coursework Highlights

Non-Thesis Track

Class Number Class Name
AGRI 5385 Graduate Seminar for Agriculture and Environmental Science
AGRI 5390 Special Topics
WSES 5086 Problems in Natural Resource Science
WSES 5301 Principles of Research in the Natural Resource Sciences
WSES 5302 Natural Resource Ecology
WSES 5341 Graduate Study Abroad in Natural Resource Conservation

Thesis Track

Class Number Class Name
AGRI 5385 Graduate Seminar for Agriculture and Environmental Science
AGRI 5390 Special Topics
AGRI 5688 Thesis

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Southwest Regional Dairy Center

The mission of the Southwest Regional Dairy Center is to provide enabling infrastructure support for teaching, research, and service/outreach programs to meet the needs of higher education, the Dairy Industry, and society in Texas.

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Agriculture Center

The mission of the Tarleton State University Agriculture Center is to provide an academically progressive and diverse instructional laboratory that represents the current Agricultural Industry, as well as complements curriculum theory and principles that will enable students to acquire understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary to establish successful careers.

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Pre-Vet Club

The Tarleton Pre-Vet Club was formed in 1996 to support students who are working toward a degree in Veterinary Medicine. The club was initially meant to be a networking system for students to communicate with peers, share studying tips, and give advice. Since its formation, the Pre-Vet Club has become increasingly dynamic and progressive, thanks to our ambitious officers and active members.