Texas A&M University - Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
College Station, TX 77843
The Environmental Undergraduate Programs office advises for a variety of dynamic environmental majors at Texas A&M University. Given the inherent interdisciplinary nature and strengths of the Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, this department houses three distinct environmental undergraduate programs available to undergraduate students: Bioenvironmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, and University Studies – Environmental Business Concentration. While all three of these innovative and popular degree options are “environmental” in nature, they differ widely in course content, scope, and academic rigor.
Students pursuing a science-intensive curriculum and careers in the sciences, environmental remediation, or science-based professional school programs are directed to the flagship Bioenvironmental Sciences (BESC) degree (with an undergraduate honors option). Students who may be interested in a broad range of environmental policy and natural resource policy coursework, but are not as interested in the life-science basis behind many environmental hazards and threats, are directed towards the Environmental Studies degree. Students looking for a customized yet competitive “non-traditional” degree that is less science-intensive than Bioenvironmental Sciences and less policy-intensive than Environmental Studies now have the new University Studies – Environmental Business concentration option available.
Conduct leading edge research on plant diseases and plant-microbe interactions that directly and indirectly impact: Our ability to feed the world; Human and animal health; Environmental stewardship and sustainability. Educate and prepare leaders in the STEM fields of plant and environmental health through a creative and challenging educational environment that integrates scholarship, fundamental knowledge, and experiential learning. Convey information relevant to society through effective outreach and services that address plant health, food safety and environmental health to the citizens of Texas, the United States and the World.
An extension of this mission is to train the next generation of environmental professionals by providing them both the analytical and biological understanding to successfully protect the environment while promoting economic vitality.
Positively impact our ability to “Feed the World”, “Protect our Environment”, and ”Improve our Health” by excelling in the education and preparation of students in the fields of Plant Health and Disease, Plant-Microbe Interactions and Bioenvironmental Sciences.
A B.S. in the STEM field of Bioenvironmental Sciences equips you to play a direct role in developing and implementing solutions to environmental problems. Our graduates often enter careers in industry or government associated with prevention and remediation of environmental hazards, such as microbial threats, toxic wastes, and other damage to fragile ecosystems.
Use of hands-on experiences in our classrooms, laboratories, and excellent internship opportunitiesensure that you gain experience with the concepts and the technology essential for prevention, assessment, and abatement of environmental problems. Students in BESC have the unique opportunity to build their networking skills prior to graduation by participating in our student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, which hosts speakers from industry and government agencies involved in environmental careers.
Our BESC Professional Board is composed of environmental professionals from across Texas eager to help you succeed. We host an annual BESC Symposium andcareer expo.
We also teach a Study Abroadcourse on environmental issues in China to provide international experience in environmental issues and sampling
Plant Pathology is the STEM field focused on science on plant health and disease, including the organisms, vectors, “-omics” and environmental conditions that influence the outcome of the interactions. We train the next generation of professionalphytopathologists.
We emphasize fundamental organismal, physiological, molecular and genomic concepts associated with fungal, bacteriological, viral, mycoplasmal and physiogenic diseases.