Ranch Management Program Certificate of Ranch Management
Bachelor of Science with minor in Business
Minor in Ranch Management
Evening Courses
Courses of Instruction

 Overview

Ranch Management is available as a major on the B.S. degree, as a minor on the B.A. and B.S. degrees and as a certificate program. Since 1956, students from 40 states and 22 nations have studied ranching at TCU through the certificate program. The B.S. degree and Minor options will begin with the 2004 fall semester.

Admission to the Ranch Management Program
Applicants meeting academic enrollment criteria, should have sufficient working experience in agriculture to understand the nature of the industry. Basic knowledge and experience with farming or ranching enterprises enable the student to obtain more value out of the course of study. Enrollment is limited. Selection to the class is made after each applicant completes the application, including transcripts and a personal interview. When all other considerations are equal, earlier applicants are given priority.

For information, applications or interview, write to the director, Ranch Management Program, TCU Box 297420, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or call (817) 257-7145.

Certificate of Ranch Management

The Ranch Mangement certificate program requires one academic year (nine months) to complete. Students are provided intensive classroom instruction in basic management principles. The program of study includes courses in livestock production, natural resource conservation, forage production, accounting principles, marketing, personnel management, and general management principles. Field work is coordinated with classroom study to demonstrate principles as they are applied in production situations.

Classes are presented in three-hour units to allow concentration of subject matter and to facilitate field work. Generally, class hours are from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. five days a week, although class hours may vary somewhat when field work requires additional time for travel. Basic vocational skills are taught that require physical mobility and manual dexterity. Field work includes five week-long trips and numerous day trips. No other courses may be taken during the year. The two-semester program leads to 34 hours of credit and a Ranch Management Certificate.

Bachelor of Science with minor in Business

The College of Science and Engineering administers the Bachelor of Science degree. Students must complete the University Core Requirements prior to making formal application to the Ranch Management Program at the beginning of their junior year. Qualified students are given ¿conditional¿ acceptance into the program. Students must then successfully complete the requirements for a General Business minor for non-business majors before entering the 34 hours of required Ranch Management courses.

Declaring Pre-Ranch Mangement.
All students wishing to become Ranch Management majors should first declare themselves 'pre-ranch management' students. Students remain pre-ranch management students until being formally admitted to the Ranch Management program. Before taking upper-division (30000-level and above except MARK 30513, MANA 30153, FINA 30153, BIOL 30403, BIOL 30504, or GEOL 30504) courses, all pre-ranch management students must:
a. complete the University Curriculum Requirements including, BIOL 10504,
BIOL 10514, ECON 10223, and ECON 10233.
b. maintain a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50
c. contact the Ranch Management Program for admissions
policies, procedures and deadlines.
d. be formally admitted to the Ranch Management program with a ¿conditional¿
acceptance.

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 Mangement 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 Ranch Management Program.

TCU cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for admission. A TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required, but does not guarantee admission to the Ranch Management Program. In addition, applicants to the Ranch Management Program should have sufficient working experience in agriculture to understand the nature of the industry. Enrollment is limited.

ALL TCU STUDENTS

Entering Freshmen
Declare Pre-Ranch Management
Begin taking Lower Division Sequence Requirement including one Upper Division required Science course. See Course Requirements.

Sophomores
Formally apply for admission to the Ranch Management Program. Obtain information and interview dates from the Ranch Management Program.
Must have a 2.50 minimum TCU cumulative GPA
See the Ranch Management Program for other requirements.

Juniors
Admitted to the Ranch Management Program with a ¿conditional acceptance¿
Declare a Major in Ranch Management
Begin taking the courses for a General Business Minor
Seniors
Complete Upper Division Ranch Management Courses (No other courses may be taken at this time during the two semesters of Ranch Management Courses).

Transfer Students
Declare Pre-Ranch Management
Begin taking Associated Requirements for Ranch Management and courses for the
General Business Minor
Formally apply for admission to the Ranch Management Program.
Must have a 2.50 minimum TCU cumulative GPA

Components of the B. S. Degree in Ranch Management:

A. University Curriculum Requirements (53 semester hours) Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Ranch Management must fulfill all of the University Curriculum Requirements listed below:

I. Foundations: 9 semester hours
a. Writing: 6 hours and the Writing Emphasis Experience
b. Mathematics: 3 hours

II. Explorations: 42 semester hours.

a. Physical and Life Science: minimum of 9 hours must include: BIOL 10504, BIOL 10514

b. Social Sciences: minimum of 9 hours must include: ECON 10223, ECON 10233

c. Cultural Heritage: minimum of 15 hours to include:
-- 1. Religion Studies: minimum of 3 hours
-- 2. Historical Studies: minimum of 3 credit hours
-- 3. Critical Inquiry: minimum of 3 credit hours
-- 4. Fine Arts: minimum of 3 credit hours

d. Language and Literature: minimum of 9 hours. If any foreign language is used toward this requirement, 6 hours must be taken in the same language.
-- 1. Foreign Language. If any foreign language is used toward this requirement, 6 hours must be taken in the same language.
-- 2. Oral Communication and Literature

III. Physical Education/ Health Concepts: 2 semester hours

B. Associated Requirements
Math: 3 hours (MATH 10283, MATH 10524 or MATH 10043); Sciences: 3 hours (BIOL 30403, BIOL 30504 or GEOL 30393

C. General Business Minor For Non-Business Majors.

Refer to General Business Minor for Non-Business Majors for specific requirements.

Required Courses: 18 hours
ACCT 20153 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACCT 20163 Principles of Managerial Accounting
MANA 20153 Legal and Social Environment of Business
MANA 30513 Organizational Management
FINA 30513 Financial Management
MARK 30153 Marketing Management

D. Upper Division Ranch Management Courses
Required Courses: 34 hours
RAMA 30102 Ranch Operations and Development
RAMA 30213 Ranch Business Management
RAMA 30403 Soil and Water Conservation
RAMA 30703 Animal Nutrition and Feeding
RAMA 40103 Beef Cattle Production
RAMA 40112 Sheep and Goat Production
RAMA 40303 Animal Health Management
RAMA 40313 Animal Health and Reproduction
RAMA 40503 Range Management
RAMA 40603 Ranch Records and Finance
RAMA 40803 Marketing of Livestock and Meats
RAMA 40903 Forage Production and Use

Minor in Ranch Management

Available as a minor on the B.A. and B.S. degrees. Students may pursue a degree in a discipline other than Ranch Management and utilize the Ranch Management certificate program to meet graduation requirements, provided they are qualified for admission into the Ranch Management program. A TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required. The Ranch Management minor requires 34 hours of coursework which consist of the Upper Division Ranch Management courses list in the above segment.

Evening Courses

The TCU Ranch Management Program is meeting the educational needs of the ranching community by presenting evening classes through the TCU Office of Extended Education.
These courses are designed for ranchers, business and professional people as well as other students unable to attend the full-time Ranch Management Program. The full-time faculty members of the Ranch Management Program teach the evening courses. Course materials are the same as the course material used for the day classes. Information from ranch studies is brought into the classroom even though extensive travel is not possible. In some instances, two courses from the regular program have been combined to provide a uniform format of three-semester hour¿s credits. One course will be offered each semester until the full cycle of courses has been completed. The class is presented in a three-hour lecture on Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Upon successful completion of the seven courses the enrollee becomes a graduate of the Evening Division of Ranch Mangement and receives a certificate of completion.

Admission is through the TCU Office of Extended Education. For an application and other admission information contact the Office of Extended Education at 817-257-7130. Admitted TCU students may take the Evening Division courses as electives.

Courses of Instruction

RAMA 30102 Ranch Jobs and Development. Methods of livestock identification, dehorning, castration, and controlling external parasites; the planning and construction of fences, corrals, and buildings to facilitate the handling of livestock.

RAMA 30213 Ranch Business Management. Business law as applied to the livestock producer, business organization, estate planning, labor relations, application of management principles to ranching.

RAMA 30403 Soil and Water Conservation. Soil formation and development; soil characteristics which affect productivity; soil erosion by wind and water; soil, water, and wildlife conservation and management practices; Soil and Water Conservation District and U.S.D.A. agency assistance; preparation of coordinated conservation plan.

RAMA 30413 Conservation and Development.

RAMA 30703 Animal Nutrition and Feeding. Digestion and use of feeds for maintenance and production, selection of feeds for maintenance and production, selection of feeds based on composition and cost, ration formulation, feed processing and handling, dry lot feeding programs, supplemental feeding on pasture, possible limiting factors in feeding efficiency.

RAMA 30713 Animal Nutrition and Feeding. Digestion and use of feeds for maintenance and production, selection of feeds for maintenance and production, selection of feeds based on composition and cost, ration formulation, feed processing and handling, dry lot feeding programs, supplemental feeding on pasture, possible limiting factors in feeding efficiency.

RAMA 40103 Beef Cattle Production. Economics of beef production enterprises; selection by records and visual appraisal for economically important traits including reproduction, gainability, and carcass value; inheritance; systems of breeding; production programs; management practices.

RAMA 40112 Sheep and Goat Production. Sheep breeds and crosses; selection for mutton and wool production; Angora goat selection; breeding; supplemental feeding; marketing of wool and mohair.

RAMA 40113 Beef Cattle Production. Economics of beef production enterprises; selection by records and visual appraisal for economically important traits including reproduction, gainability, and carcass value; inheritance; systems of breeding; production programs; management practices.

RAMA 40303 Animal Health Management. Anatomy and physiology of cattle, indications of health and disease, development of immunity, specific infectious and noninfectious diseases of cattle, control of internal and external parasites, toxicology, basic veterinary skills and equipment.

RAMA 40313 Animal Health and Reproduction. Reproduction in cattle including organs and functions, natural and artificial breeding management, calving management, examination of cows for pregnancy, evaluation of bulls for soundness and fertility, selection of horses for soundness, treatment for sickness and injury, horse breeding.

RAMA 40323 Animal Health and Reproduction. Reproduction in cattle including organs and functions, natural and artificial breeding management, calving management, examination of cows for pregnancy, evaluation of bulls for soundness and fertility, selection of horses for soundness, treatment for sickness and injury, horse breeding.

RAMA 40503 Range Management. Principles of plant growth and reproduction; economic characteristics and field identification of range plants; ecology of range plants and animals; management of rangeland for all its uses including setting and adjusting stocking rates, distribution of grazing, grazing methods and supporting practices; preparation of ranch management plan.

RAMA 40513 Grassland Management. Principles of plant growth and reproduction; economic characteristics and field identification of range plants; ecology of range plants and animals; management of rangeland for all its uses including setting and adjusting stocking rates, distribution of grazing, grazing methods and supporting practices; preparation of ranch management plan.

RAMA 40603 Ranch Records and Finance. Basic records needed for management and income tax reports - records of income and expense, inventories, net worth statements, budgets, production records; term problem in which all records for a year's operation are recorded and financial statements are prepared; sources of credit for ranch operations.

RAMA 40613 Ranch Business Management. Basic records needed for management and income tax reports - records of income and expense, inventories, net worth statements, budgets, production records; term problem in which all records for a year's operation are recorded and financial statements are prepared; sources of credit for ranch operations.

RAMA 40803 Marketing of Livestock and Meats. Relation of production to marketing, trends in marketing and consumption, meat processing and distribution, U.S.D.A. activities, market outlets and procedures, futures, seasonal and cyclical influences on prices, selection of time and place to market, handling and transportation of livestock to improve weighing conditions and minimize losses, merchandising purebred livestock.

RAMA 40813 Marketing of Livestock and Meats. Relation of production to marketing, trends in marketing and consumption, meat processing and distribution, U.S.D.A. activities, market outlets and procedures, futures, seasonal and cyclical influences on prices, selection of time and place to market, handling and transportation of livestock to improve weighing conditions and minimize losses, merchandising purebred livestock.

RAMA 40903 Forage Production and Use. Characteristics and management of introduced pasture plants; combinations for extended grazing, seedbed preparation and planting; weed control, fertilization, irrigation, grazing management and harvest for hay, silage and seed.

RAMA 40970 Special Topics in Ranch Management.

UNPR 10001 Self Assessment and Career Exploration. This course provides opportunities for premajors to assess abilities, interests, values, and personality; meet with faculty from a variety of potential major and minor fields; learn about the decision-making process and factors related to choosing a major/career;

UNPR 30002 Professional Careers:Planning & Decision-making. Prerequisites: Junior status, or permission of instructor. This team-taught course is to acquaint students with decision-making skills related to career development, with emphasis on those who will enter professional sports or the performing arts. It emphasizes financial negotiations; transactions and investments; career development; and life skills and problems.

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