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M.S. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


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

  • The Research (Thesis) Track  is designed for students who wish to gain experience through research methodology and technical writing in an original research project to be completed under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
  • The Professional (Non-Thesis) Track is designed for 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

Our master’s degree program offers you the ability to plan a relevant and personalized graduate experience where you’ll hone your knowledge and skills under the guidance of mentoring faculty in either Wildlife, Sustainability, & Ecosystem Science or Animal Science.


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Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

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

  • County Extension Professional
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Farm or Ranch Manager
  • Natural Resource Scientist
Students conducting research

Potential Research Experiences/Areas:

  • Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Meat/Food Science
  • Food Safety
  • Ecology
  • Crop Science
  • Soil Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Wildlife Management
Career Service

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
  • Handshake
  • 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

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Southwest Regional Dairy Center building

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 advises Since its formation, the Pre-Vet Club has become increasingly dynamic and progressive, thanks to our ambitious officers and active members.