Departments

The 14 departments that make up the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences represent more than 400 distinguished faculty members, 90+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs and more than 7,000 students. They work on our Grand Challenges: feeding the world, protecting our environment, improving our health, enriching our youth, and growing our economy.

Agricultural Economics
The department’s faculty, staff, and students study a broad range of issues related to agriculture, food, managerial and resource economics. Visit the departmental site.
Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
The department prepares critical thinkers and lifelong learners as it nurtures its graduates and faculty to derive answers and solve local, national and global problems. Visit the departmental site.
Animal Science
Disciplines within the department include animal breeding, animal nutrition, biotechnology, dairy science, equine science, food science and technology, genetics, meat science, microbiology, and reproductive physiology. Visit the departmental site.
Biochemistry & Biophysics
The department’s faculty integrate biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to understand the molecular basis of life processes. Our courses are considered core material in each of the life science programs at the university. Visit the departmental site.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
The department is one of the largest and best in the country among its peers. Biological and agricultural engineering is one of the few agriculture-related fields ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and this department consistently ranks among the very best.  Visit the departmental site.
Ecosystem Science and Management
The department aspires to be a premier ecosystem science and management program that significantly affects the science, education, and management related to ecosystems. Visit the departmental site.
Entomology
The department strives to create a culture of excellence and to be among the world’s pre-eminent organizations for teaching, research, and outreach in entomology. We embrace discovery, transitional and applied entomological research from levels of ecological landscapes to biological molecules. Visit the departmental site.
Horticultural Sciences
The department’s field encompasses a unique blend of art, science, and technology. Faculty, students, and staff work to grow nutritious and high-quality fruits and vegetables, enlighten people’s spirits with beautiful landscapes and floral designs, and preserve our environment by the appropriate management of green space and natural resources. Visit the departmental site.
Nutrition and Food Science
The department strives to be the academic leader in the discovery and dissemination of nutrition and food science knowledge. We work to educate students, promote optimal health and well-being, and serve the food needs of Texas and beyond. Visit the departmental site.
Plant Pathology and Microbiology
The department prepares students for environmental sciences careers in diverse areas such as research and development, environmental consulting, remediation of wastes, site assessment and environmental sampling, and environmental law. Visit the departmental site.
Poultry Science
The department has research emphases in poultry management, environmental stewardship, product quality and safety, and avian and human health. These research areas cross the broad spectrum of disciplines including biochemistry, fundamental biology, genetics, genomics, medicine, microbiology, nutrition, physiology and reproduction. Visit the departmental site.
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
The department prepares students to become leading professionals in recreation, parks and tourism and major contributors to quality of life in their community. RPTS is preeminent among its peers worldwide. Students,  faculty, and staff work on managing resources (human, natural, cultural, financial, community, and physical) for recreation and tourism and improving community quality of life. Visit the departmental site.
Soil and Crop Sciences
The department prepares students to take up careers in soil, plant and environmentally related disciplines; to discover new scientific knowledge and develop technologies to sustain environmentally sound and economically profitable production systems; to ensure that extension of technological developments to clientele and society is effective and timely; and to promote the wise use, management, and stewardship of soil, plant and water resources. Visit the departmental site.
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
The department aspires to preeminence among academic programs dealing with ecology, management, and conservation biology. Our overarching goal is to facilitate the sustainability of the earth’s biota and the ecosystems on which they depend while accommodating for human health and welfare. Visit the departmental site.

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