Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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|College of Agriculture and Life Sciences|
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Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or AgLifeSciences for short, is one of ten colleges and schools that are part of Texas A&M University. Agriculture and the Life Sciences have been part of the university since its founding in 1876 as the "Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas." The College was formally recognized in 1911. A part of the land grant university system, the college offers more than 80 undergrad and grad degree programs across 14 departments. It is also one of the five organizations that comprise Texas A&M AgriLife.
Dr. Mark Hussey is dean and Dr. Alan Sams is the executive associate dean. Other senior administrators include Dr. Ann Kenimer, associate dean for academic operations, Dr. David Reed, associate dean for graduate programs and faculty development, and Dr. Chris Skaggs, associate dean for undergraduate programs.
Academics and enrollment
The college employs nearly 400 faculty members across 14 departments, with over 300 of those being full-time faculty. Those departments include: Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications; Animal Science; Biochemistry/Biophysics; Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Ecosystem Science and Management; Entomology; Horticultural Sciences; Nutrition and Food Sciences; Plant Pathology and Microbiology; Poultry Science; Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences; Soil and Crop Sciences; and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. 31 degrees are available to undergraduate students, with all degrees being Bachelor of Science degrees, except within the horticulture department, which also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. It offers 45 master's-level degree programs and 27 doctoral-level programs (including 9 interdisciplinary degrees).
In 2008, 6691 students were enrolled in the college, with 5425 of those being undergraduate enrollments. According to the 2008 FAEIS survey released by the USDA, A&M has the largest enrollment among the 234 agricultural colleges and land-grant universities for which USDA receives such data.
The college faculty has included several professors who have been awarded national and international honors.
- Bruce McCarl: 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Max Summers: elected to the National Academy of Science in 1989
- Edward Hiler: elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987
- Douglas Starr: Pulitzer Prize
- Fuller Bazer: Humboldt Prize, Wolf Prize in Agriculture
- Norman Borlaug: 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, National Academy of Science in 1968, 1977 U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2002 Public Welfare Medal from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the 2002 Rotary International Award for World Understanding and Peace, 2004 National Medal of Science
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