B.S. Agricultural Science
Students in this major will learn about educational technologies, instructional design and program planning in agricultural science. The Agricultural Science program is a professional program, part of the Educator Preparation Program at Texas A&M University, which prepares students to meet requirements of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to be certified as a secondary (6-12) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources teacher in Texas. The highlight of the degree is a semester-long clinical student teaching experience occurring the semester of graduation. Student teaching allows students to gain practical experience in applied science and agriculture topics, professional education and classroom management.
Our upper division program is in our new state-of-the-art building on the Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS campus in Bryan, Texas.
Our teacher education program in agricultural sciences prepares high-quality students for entering middle and high school programs as credentialed agricultural science teachers. This professional licensure program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency. In the Agricultural Workforce and Development Building on the RELLIS Campus, our students learn their trade craft of teaching methods in floral design laboratories, agricultural mechanics laboratories, and can earn additional certificates in CPR, pesticide application and shooting sports. They begin their clinical experience semesters at the RELLIS building, where they teach micro lessons, give and receive feedback from their peers, design curriculum, and manage programs for total success. Our faculty are highly-respected. Three are members of the Academy of Fellows in our national professional teacher education association.
- Degree: B.S. Agricultural Science
- Credit Hours: 120 total credit hours
The breadth and depth of training students receive will prepare them to find employment in highly-sought after independent school districts across Texas and the United States with respected, developed agricultural education programs. Many of our students have job offers with competitive salaries before graduation. Other career paths include curriculum development, employment with organizations like National 4-H and FFA, Texas A&M AgriLife and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. You can also explore other careers in this major through the Texas A&M Career Center.
|Job Title||Description||Average Salary|
|Agricultural Sciences Teacher||Direct and manage the agricultural science program for assigned campus. Provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth.||$50,000|
|Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent||The county Extension agent’s primary role is to inform and teach. Agents provide information for local residents in workshops and seminars, at community events, through the media, and with a variety of information technology tools. An equally important part of the job is working with people.||$50,000|
|Academic Administrator||Develops and coordinates academic and student programs at a college or university. In this career, you typically work on university affairs outside the realm of the academic faculty; this includes long-term planning, fundraising, maintaining student records, and providing student services.||$67,000|
|Workforce Development Officer||Primarily responsible for facilitating employment training, work readiness activities and job placement of individual adult clients who are experiencing homelessness and are residing in the emergency shelter.||$53,000|
Training Future Teachers
Agriculture teachers are in high demand across the nation and for over a decade, our department has been training future teachers to meet the need. Our agricultural science degree provides training, exposure to agriculture sectors and pathways to certification that prepares teachers to enter the modern classroom.