Texas A&M University recognizes that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related course work is a necessary educational foundation. Students trained in STEM fields are equipped to address the complex challenges of our nation. While agriculture might not be in the letters that make up STEM, our agriculture graduates are keenly award of how to address grand challenges of the U.S. in environmental and human health.
The U.S. Department of Commerce notes that STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM careers over the period from 2008-2018. To address this need, President Obama declared an ambitious goal of training an additional 1 million STEM graduates by 2022. Here’s how Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is addressing that need. We offer 65 STEM degrees programs, which means 67% of our degree programs are STEM based.
List of STEM degree programs offered in College of Agriculture & Life Sciences:
- Animal Breeding
- Animal Science
- Bioenvironmental Sciences
- Biological And Agricultural Engineering
- Ecological Restoration
- Ecology And Evolutionary Biology
- Ecosystem Science & Management
- Environmental Studies
- Food Science & Technology
- Forensic & Investigative Sciences
- Molecular & Environmental Plant Sciences
- Natural Resources Development
- Physiology Of Reproduction
- Plant & Environmental Soil Science
- Plant Breeding
- Plant Pathology
- Poultry Science
- Rangeland Ecology & Management
- Renewable Natural Resources
- Soil Science
- Spatial Sciences
- Water Management And Hydrological Sciences
- Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
- Wildlife Science
How we match up:
- #2 among Texas A&M colleges for total number of STEM degree programs offered
- #2 among Texas A&M colleges for total enrollment in STEM programs
- #2 among Texas A&M colleges for total of STEM-related degrees awarded
- #1 among peer institutions (AAU land grant universities with agricultural colleges) in total STEM enrollment **
- #1 among peer institutions in total STEM degrees granted **
** based upon data available in the Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS)
STEM Resources on Campus
The College participates in and supports campus STEM programs that augment its own STEM efforts. Our faculty, staff, and students participate in the following:
ADVANCE is a university initiative to increase gender equity for women in STEM fields. ADVANCE programs focus on increasing recruitment, retention, and the success of female faculty in STEM fields through speaker series, promotion and advancement plans, success circles, research and awards programs. The College provided funding for 5 non-STEM departments to participate in ADVANCE so that all departments can benefit from the programs. College Administrators, faculty, and staff participate on ADVANCE committees, as well as training, success circles, and workshops.
The Agricultural STEM Integration Lab & Program was created as a way to prepare future teachers. Extending beyond theory and classroom education, this program teaches fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and math in the context of agricultural subjects such as soil sciences, animal physiology, and plant metabolism. By teaching tangible, practical applications of these concepts, students learn hand-on ways to apply STEM concepts.
We believe original research helps students become more invest in STEM subjects. Several of our departments host undergraduate research programs that are co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF-REU). Some of these programs are intensives, summer programs with travel. Departments that currently have an NSF-REU program include the Departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, and Biochemistry.
The university’s LAUNCH program is offers high-impact learning opportunities in honor and undergraduate research and educational learning communities.