*Pending SACSCOC approval
Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (ANRM) is a vast, interdisciplinary field with abundant job opportunities and rewarding career prospects. This new program is expected to draw local students who might otherwise need to travel for similar educational experiences, as well as transfer students from other universities and community colleges who are looking for a more intimate educational environment. The program will also serve as an alternative degree path for students already enrolled in related fields of study such as Conservation Biology. The traditional agriculture industry needs scientists who can manage and enhance natural resources, including rangeland, fish habitats, soils, and wildlife. The management of these resources, especially given the changing climate in the Southwest, requires a thorough understanding of ecology and skills in the art, science, and conservation of natural resources. Two thirds of counties here identify agriculture as their primary economic activity and the job market for agriculture-related life, physical, and social science technicians in the area is expected to grow 18% by 2028.
Along with traditional agriculture, the Hill Country’s artisanal agricultural industry includes a burgeoning wine, craft beer, and spirits movement; additionally, small farming and ranching operations cultivate sustainable breeds and crops while recreational ranches focus on traditional and exotic hunting activities, providing retreat opportunities for families, organizations, and corporations. In each of these situations, the passion for the artisanal product must be complemented with a deep understanding of how problems related to agriculture and natural resources can be solved. In these contexts, Schreiner’s new ANRM program will provide benefits to graduates, and agricultural businesses in the surrounding area.
The Agriculture and Natural Resource Management program relates directly to the University’s mission by giving students an opportunity to experience work in their field through an Internship and Capstone Project, as well as addressing social responsibility and the accessibility, multi-cultural, and global aspects associated with this field. Graduates of the program are prepared for a broad range of careers in both the public and private sectors. These careers span multiple industries including agriculture, forestry, conservation, environmental consultancy, and can include Agricultural Manager/Farm Managers, Agronomists, Conservation Scientists, Environmental Consultants, Soil and Plant Scientists, Foresters, Natural Resources Managers, Range Managers, and Agricultural Extension Agents.”
Now accepting applications for Fall 2024!