Stephen F. Austin State University

Poultry Science

The objective of the Department of Agriculture is to prepare students for an exciting and challenging career in one of the many fields of modern agriculture. The faculty and staff are committed to the discovery and dissemination of new and existing knowledge related to agriculture and to the cultural, intellectual and academic development of students. While the priority of the department is to provide quality undergraduate instruction, the department also offers graduate studies in agriculture, public service and applied research with an emphasis on regional needs and problems. The Department of Agriculture at SFA offers a high-quality education in a comfortable environment where the faculty are highly accessible, student-teacher ratio is low and the department resources for hands-on instruction are excellent. Our faculty is very concerned with the success of each student as they prepare for exciting opportunities in a professional career in agriculture.


The Department of Agriculture has allocated a number of scholarships for incoming students. These competitive scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, leadership, extracurricular activities, and academics. Students who plan to major in agriculture and have scored a 1010 or better on the SAT, or a 21 or better on the ACT, are encouraged to contact us for further information. Applications are reviewed three times annually: February, April and June.

Facilities & Special Interests

Our academic subjects are supplemented with hands-on instruction at state-of-the-art facilities such as: the Ag Mechanics Lab, Livestock & Equine Facility, Auto CAD Lab, Walter Todd Agricultural Research Center, Swine Center, Broiler Research Center, Poultry Research Center, Soil & Water Analysis Lab, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and the SFA Mast Arboretum. The arboretum is the only university arboretum of its kind in Texas and promotes conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas and encourages the diversity in the landscape philosophy of the region. Eighteen acres of the arboretum include a theme garden and displays supported by student design, construction and maintenance.


Student Organizations

Within the Department of Agriculture, there are several student organizations involving service and outreach to the community. Active organizations include the Ag Business Club, Agri-Ambassadors, Ag Tech Club, Alpha Gamma Rho, Sigma Alpha, Collegiate FFA, Delta Tau Alpha, Rodeo Club and team, the Horticulture Club, and the Poultry Science Club.

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at or 936.468.3705.