Student Opportunities

Department of
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Students in the A&E Department at ACU take learning outside the classroom through involvement in mission trips, service-learning, internships and a number of pre-professional organizations.

Students in the A&E Department at ACU take learning outside the classroom through involvement in mission trips, service-learning, internships and a number of pre-professional organizations.

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Unbridled Opportunities Beyond Campus

Take your educational experiences outside the classroom by joining an international mission trip, undertaking a service learning project and obtaining an awarding internship. 

Rhoden Field Lab

ACU is one of a few Christian universities with its own working farm. Located 10 miles from campus, the 400-acre property, with large and small livestock, provides plentiful hands-on learning in classes, research and extracurricular activities. We also offer opportunities for student employment.

Student Clubs

AES Club

Alpha Epsilon Sigma (formerly the Aggie Club) is composed of Abilene Christian University students who either have an interest in agriculture or an agricultural background. Many of the members are Agriculture majors who enjoy participating in events with their classmates.

AES also serves as an “umbrella organization” for the pre-professional clubs. The pre-professional clubs served by AES are Block and Bridle and Delta Tau Alpha. Each of these clubs act as a subsidiary unit to AES while retaining a distinct orientation.

Every Thursday, members have the opportunity to participate in an AES chapel led by their peers. We invite you to join the A&E Department at Abilene Christian University and become an active part of Alpha Epsilon Sigma.

Pre-Vet Club

The Pre-Vet Club provides a place to network, develop your application and personal interview, and learn about veterinary opportunities. Guest speakers discuss issues and trends in veterinary medicine and how to be successful in veterinary school.

Block and Bridle

The Block and Bridle Club focuses on agriculture through an emphasis on animal-related aspects. The club encourages student membership in professional organizations, such as the American Society of Animal Science. For more information:

The Wildlife Society

Conduct research, attend conferences and network with wildlife professionals as a part of this international professional organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and management, ensuring sustainable wildlife populations in healthy ecosystems.

The Riding Team

More coming soon! Follow the team on Instagram

Delta Tau Alpha National Agricultural Honor Society

Delta Tau Alpha recognizes scholarship, leadership and character in students pursuing an agricultural degree at a non-land-grant school.

Professional Connections


Agricultural Consortium of Texas (ACT)

ACT is composed of thirteen universities offering degrees in agriculture or natural resources. The ACU Department of Agriculture and Environment has been an institutional member of the ACT since 1991. It is the only private university in the consortium. Started and supported by a Kellogg Foundation grant, select students from each university are involved in the spring conference. One outcome of student involvement was the formation of the Texas Collegiate Agricultural Students Alliance (TXCasa).

North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

The ACU Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is an institutional member of the NACTA. NACTA is a professional society focused on promoting and recognizing excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post secondary level in North America.

ACU faculty members have served as national president, southern region director, Delta Tau Alpha liaison and as chairs and members of various committees. Several ACU faculty hold the distinction of NACTA Teacher Fellows.

Students are also involved in NACTA through an annual national judging conference hosted by a member school. ACU has competed well at these conferences. Students and teams have won several individual and team awards and have contended for sweepstakes honors on several occasions.

Consortium of Agriculture Programs at Independent Colleges and Universities (CAPICU)


For additional information about agriculture and environmental science topics visit the Agriculture Network Information Center .