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Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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Overview: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture is the nation’s largest and most vital industry. It is a vast and diverse industry that impacts the lives of all people. It meets the needs of our growing population in a sustainable manner, by simultaneously delivering food security, environmental sustainability, and economic opportunity. Agriculture provides access to over 500 different job classifications and provides career opportunities for people to make a real difference in the world.

In the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students gain hands on experiences through paid undergraduate research. Students are also awarded financially through scholarships, internships, and work-study opportunities. Unique to the academic programs is our creatively designed mentoring program. All students are assigned to professional advisors who are knowledgeable about courses and program requirements. From the first year, each student is also paired with a faculty member who serves as a mentor throughout the student’s academic career. The mentor guides, supports, and helps the student navigate all aspects of college life. The mentoring program also helps with planning for professional experience and life beyond graduation.

Contact Information:
Steve Zeng, Ph.D.
Chairperson/Professor
szeng@langston.edu
(405) 466-6145

Dr. Kamal Gosh
Instructor/Academic Advisor
(405) 466-6101
kgosh@langston.edu

Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management focuses on the need for sustainable management of the Earth’s depleting natural resources, such as clean water, energy, minerals, and biological resources, in relation to the growth of the human population. To answer the pressing issues of limited resources, trained professionals need to be able to work in interdisciplinary teams and apply scientific, ecological, economic, and social knowledge to provide holistic solutions. As a natural resources management major in LU SAAS, you will study the science and management of resources such as amenity uses, fish and wildlife, forests, water, soils and much more.

Potential Careers

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Soil Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Natural Biology
  • Environmental Protection
  • Natural Resource Education
  • Climate Change Research
  • Higher Education (Masters, PhD)

Animal Science

Animal Science involves the study and management of domestic livestock species including cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Companion animals that are studied and raised for other functions are dogs and horses, among others. As the United States’ and the world populations rapidly grow and people become more affluent, the demand for meat protein increases. This creates a higher need for trained animal scientists in the work place. The Animal Science Program at LU SAAS gives you the ideal environment in which to study and participate in hands-on research and mentoring by excellent faculty members. You will be fully prepared to assume various jobs in the vast animal science industry.

Potential Careers

  • Livestock Farm Management
  • Meat and Dairy production, Development quality Control
  • Distribution and Marketing
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Teaching
  • Animal Agribusiness
  • Zoo Management
  • Animal Research assistant
  • Livestock Inspection
  • Animal Training and Caretaking
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Higher Education (Masters, PhD, DVM)

Contact Information:
Steve Zeng, Ph.D.
Chairperson/Academic Advisor/Professor
(405) 466-6145
szeng@langston.edu

Crop and Soil Sciences

Crop and Soil Sciences involves the study of food, feed, fiber, and fuel through the conservation and management of plant and soil resources. Students at LU have the opportunity to work alongside faculty who research issues from crop production, plant breeding and genetics, soil nutrient management, soil physics, and water quality. Students get the opportunity to engage in meeting societies food insecurities through the crop and soil sciences. This discipline is extremely important to ensure that the school satisfies the varying degrees of consumer nutritional needs.

Potential Careers

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Farm Management
  • Sales Representative
  • Crop Production and Management
  • Soil Management and Conservation
  • Education
  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture Education
  • Soil Research
  • Crop research
  • Plant breeding
  • Higher Education (Masters, PhD)

Contact Information:
Dr. Tracey Payton Miller
Academic Advisor/Instructor
(405) 466-3077
ptracey@langston.edu

Agribusiness

Agribusiness involves the business aspects of food and fiber production and marketing. Students who major in Agribusiness will be learning business concepts (marketing, management, human resources management and finance) that can be applied to real-world issues and opportunities within the agricultural and life sciences industries. Our program produces highly trained graduates that possess the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to compete in a rapidly evolving market place.

Potential Careers

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Commodities Marketing/ Merchandising
  • Banking/Finance & credit
  • Policy/International Trade
  • Accounting
  • Educator
  • Economic Analysis
  • Sales Representative
  • International Development
  • Researcher
  • Production Management
  • Higher Education (Masters, PhD)

Contact Information:
Dr. Nirodha De Silva
Academic Advisor/Instructor
nirodha.de_silva@langston.edu

Overview: Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Child Development and Early Childhood Education focuses on meeting the educational and developmental needs of young children. The chosen career path depends on the area of specialization (Child Development or Early Childhood Education) and the level of education. A career in childhood development or childhood education provides students with the opportunity to positively touch the lives of children and their families.

Child Development

A child development degree instructs students to learn developmentally appropriate practices, and focus on advocacy and leadership in the field of early education. Program courses address the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for initial professional preparation. Courses also articulate the theories in the field of early education that support best practices, define developmentally appropriate practices, create inclusive and effective learning environments for young children, and develop frameworks for early childhood professionals to make ethical decisions.

Contact Information:
Dr. Emisha Young
Academic Advisor/Instructor
(405) 466-6156
emisha.young@langston.edu

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is a field that is specially attuned to the life of a young child. It focuses on children from birth to usually around Grade 3. Lesson planning, creating learning environments, and supporting achievement outcomes are a few of the daily tasks. Coursework teaches about the development, health, and psychology of young children, as well as the best methods and curricula to use in their early education.

Contact Information:
Dr. Emisha Young
Academic Advisor/Instructor
(405) 466-6156
emisha.young@langston.edu

Potential Careers

Associate Degree Level

  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Family Childcare Home Provider
  • School Age Entrepreneurship

Baccalaureate Level

  • Early Childhood Teacher in Public School, Head Start or Childcare settings
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Family Childcare Home Provider
  • Administrator in Head Start Programs
  • Center Director/Owner Coordinator
  • Childcare Director in the Armed Services
  • Parent as Teacher Facilitator
  • Director of School-Age Program

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