About the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Enrollment and Student Demographics
As one of the best in the U.S., the College is dedicated to making a positive impact on the world
and our faculty and student demonstrate the energy and enthusiasm of that commitment. We look
to the future and are working hard to shape a better tomorrow.
Throw away your old perceptions about agriculture. Instead, think of it as something that impacts
everything you do. It is the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the clothes you
wear—and, soon, the fuel you use.
It’s big. Really big. We are the largest college of agriculture and related sciences in the U.S.
(based on number of graduate and undergraduate degrees awarded each year) and are still
growing! We have over 6,500 students.
When you have something this big, it also means opportunities are limitless. Many of our
graduates make their living as bankers, engineers, teachers, environmental experts, scientists,
business leaders, government officials, as well as ranchers and farmers. And WHERE they work
varies, too—from the world’s largest cities to small farming communities.
Here are five great reasons to consider the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
In fact, we are the original Aggies. As a land grant university, agriculture has been part of Texas
A&M University’s focus since it was founded in 1876. Here you become an Aggie for life. Our
former student network is incredible, and major companies heavily recruit our graduates.
Our college is the largest of its kind in the U.S., based on the number of degrees awarded. About
1,200 bachelor’s degrees and 200 graduate degrees are earned each year. Graduates are
successfully going into high-paying careers or are pursuing professional and advanced degrees.
In the College they learned to lead through 35 student organizations, co-ops, study abroad
options, and internships (including the U.S. Congress).
We have 40 undergraduate majors and options, plus more than 50 graduate degrees, which is
more than any other college at A&M University. We offer an incredible range of study options.
Then we bring it all together, teaming up world-class faculty members with hi-tech facilities,
professional organizations, and the support of industry. We provide a truly exemplary
There are more than 400 nationally recognized faculty members, including two Nobel laureates.
As a partner with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service agencies, the
College has access to resources and opportunities not available elsewhere.
People succeed when they are in a community, which is why we have more than 50 advisors
working with them. Our professors know students’ names—they care because that is how a
family is supposed to work.
About the Department of Agricultural Economics
The Department’s faculty, staff, and students work in the areas of agribusiness management,
marketing, finance, policy, economic development, natural resource economics, and production
economics. Faculty responsibilities are divided among teaching, extension, and research.
Significant emphasis is given to the international dimensions of these programs.
The Department of Agricultural Economics encourages a broad scope of study issues related to
agriculture, food, managerial, and resources economics.
Our mission and vision is to encourage people in the use of economic analysis for making
decisions involving agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources, and communities
Why Choose Agricultural Economics?
Focus on application of economics to real world issues
Ranked in top ten among agricultural economics departments nationally
Graduates placed in many agricultural and non-agricultural businesses, academic
positions and government service
Nationally and internationally known faculty, expert in wide range of applied economic
Ranked 4th in nation in faculty productivity
Large and diverse graduate student group of over 180
Research opportunities in variety of agricultural and resource issues