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Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education

Mission Statement

Gayle O'Bannon with others in the dairy

The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education prepares bachelor's, master's and credential level students in the diverse disciplines of animal science, technology and industry management as well as teacher preparation and agricultural communications.

The Department stresses basic and advanced scientific concepts and the application of science to create the technical and managerial skills required in animal agriculture today and tomorrow. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and communicative skills to solve production managerial, processing, environmental and ethical problems.

The development of technical and professionally competent teachers of agriculture, agricultural leaders, communicators and problem solvers is accomplished through quality classroom, laboratory and field experience.

The Department works closely with the animal industry, secondary schools, colleges, universities and government agencies to integrate the student's education with industry experience and future employers to empower students for professional careers in modern agriculture.