2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Ranch Management, BS

Components of the BS Degree in Ranch Management
  • Core Curriculum: 39-63 credit hours
  • General Business Minor for Non-Business Majors: 18 credit hours (For more information and specific requirements, refer to the General Business Minor section of this catalog.)
  • Major Course Requirements: 38 credit hours including one upper level science course
  • Elective hours vary depending on core curriculum credit hours
  • Minimum Hours Required for BS degree: 124 hours

Requirements

Choose one upper level science course from the following:

BIOL 30613Natural History

3

GEOL 30113Weather and Climate

3

GEOL 30133Historical Geology I

3

GEOL 30153Geology of National Parks

3

GEOL 40393Soils in the Environment

3

GEOL 50523Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3

Substitutions require approval from the Dean of University Programs.

Ranch Management Courses

Sequence of ranch management courses must be taken in two consecutive semesters starting with fall semester. Spring courses include two writing emphasis courses to satisfy the core curriculum.

Fall Semester (17 hours)

RAMA 30102Ranch Operations and Development

2

RAMA 30403Soil and Water Conservation

3

RAMA 40103Beef Cattle Production

3

RAMA 40303Animal Health Management

3

RAMA 50503Range Management

3

RAMA 50603Ranch Records and Finance

3

Spring Semester (18 hours)

RAMA 30703Animal Nutrition and Feeding

3

RAMA 40101Management Plan Capstone Course

1

RAMA 40112Sheep and Goat Production

2

RAMA 40313Animal Health and Reproduction

3

RAMA 40903Forage Production and Use

3

RAMA 50213Ranch Business Management

3

RAMA 50803Marketing of Livestock and Meats

3

Transfer Students

Transfer students must first become pre-ranch management students. Approval is not automatic, and admission to TCU does not guarantee the student admission as a pre-ranch management student. Transfer students should first work with the Office of Transfer Admissions regarding transfer credits and specific transfer student requirements and guidelines. Students must apply to the Ranch Management Program and be formally admitted prior to taking the upper-level ranch management courses. A GPA of 2.50 is required for admission to the program, but does not guarantee admission to the Ranch Management Program. In addition, applicants should have sufficient working experience in agriculture to understand the nature of the industry.

Pass/No-Credit Policy

Courses for the major (including associated requirements) and the minor may not be taken on a Pass/No-Credit basis.

Bachelor of Science in Ranch Management Requirements for Graduation

Students should submit the Request for Degree Plan form to the Office of the Dean of University Programs after completing 54 credit hours.

The Intent to Graduate form for University Programs should be filed when 88 hours of course credit have been completed.

Approval of the department chair and the dean is required for any coursework completed at another university after enrollment at TCU. Students are responsible for completing the Transfer Credit Request online at my.tcu.edu (under the Other Academics link in the Student Center).

Approval of the department chair and the dean is required in contract form for all non-traditional courses (special problems, independent study, research problems, etc.). Per University policy, students wishing to pursue independent study must receive all necessary approvals at least one semester in advance of the semester in which the independent study will occur. Students are responsible for submitting the Request for Non-Traditional Course form to the department chair and the dean.

Beyond the studies specified for the ranch management major, the bachelor's degree is built on the TCU Core Curriculum that applies to all University graduates.

All required forms are available on the University Programs website, www.universityprograms.tcu.edu