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 41 states and 22 nations have studied ranching at TCU through the certificate program.

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 (two consecutive semesters) 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.

Requirements for the Certificate in Ranch Management: RAMA 30102, RAMA 30213, RAMA 30403, RAMA 30703, RAMA 40103, RAMA 40112, RAMA 40303, RAMA 40313, RAMA 40503, RAMA 40603, RAMA 40803, RAMA 40903.

Bachelor of Science with minor in Business

The College of Science and Engineering administers the Bachelor of Science degree. Students must complete the TCU Core Curriculum prior to making formal application to the Ranch Management Program. Qualified students are given 'conditional acceptance' into the program. Applicants to the Ranch Management Program should have sufficient working experience in agriculture to understand the nature of the industry. 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. Enrollment is limited.

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 30153, MANA 30153, FINA 30153, BIOL 30403, BIOL 30504, BIOL 30613, GEOL 30393,or GEOL 30113) courses, all pre-ranch management students must:
a. complete the TCU Core Curriculum including, Natural Sciences(9 hrs): BIOL 10003,GEOL 10113 and ENSC 10143 and Social Sciences (9 hrs) ECON 10223, and ECON 10233. Substitutions require Dean's approval.
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., but does not guarantee admission to the Ranch Management Program. In addition, applicants should have sufficient working experience in agriculuture to understand the nature of the industry.

Requirements for the B. S. Degree in Ranch Management

A minimum of 40 semester hours as follows: RAMA 30102, RAMA 30213, RAMA 30403, RAMA 30703, RAMA 40103, RAMA 40112, RAMA 40303, RAMA 40313, RAMA 40503, RAMA 40603, RAMA 40803, RAMA 40903. Associated Requirements:Math 3 hours(MATH 10283, MATH 10524 or MATH 10043) Sciences: 3 hours (BIOL 30403, BIOL 30504, BIOL 30613, GEOL 30393, or GEOL 30113. Substitutions require Dean's approval.

Requirements for the 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 30153 Organizational Management
FINA 30153 Financial Management
MARK 30153 Marketing Management

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

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 RAMA 30102, RAMA 30213, RAMA 30403, RAMA 30703, RAMA 40103, RAMA 40112, RAMA 40303, RAMA 40313, RAMA 40503, RAMA 40603, RAMA 40803, RAMA 40903.

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 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.

Required Courses for the Evening Division Certificate:RAMA 30413, RAMA 30713,RAMA 40113, RAMA 40323, RAMA 40513, RAMA 40613, RAMA 40813

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 Operations and Development. Methods of livestock identification, dehorning, castration, and controlling 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. Developing the soil, water and wildlife resources of a ranch together with planning and construction of adequate fences, corrals, building and water facilitities for a livestock operation.

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, sources of credit for ranch operations; business law as applied to the livestock producer, business organization, estate planning, labor relations, application of management principles to ranching.

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.

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