Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Agricultural and Life Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The building is located on the corner of Washington Street and West Campus Drive, the former site of a student parking lot. When it was opened in 1981, it was called the Animal Science Building. It was later named Litton-Reaves Hall.
1060, Mail Code:0343 Blacksburg VA 24061
Litton-Reaves Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jul 15
Spring: Dec 15
Summer I: Apr 15
Summer II: May 15
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Graduate Program Director : Jennifer Jones (Assistant Director)
Professors: Renee Boyer; Walter Daniels; George Norton; Douglas Pfeiffer; Kerry Redican; Rickie Rudd; Elena Serrano; Susan Sumner; Gregory Welbaum; Kang Xia
Associate Professors: Antonius Baudoin; Alan Ealy; Matthew Eick; Joseph Eifert; John Galbraith; William Hession; Eric Kaufman; Sally Paulson; Holly Scoggins; Donna Westfall-Rudd; James Westwood
Assistant Professors: Thomas Archibald; Jennifer Culhane; Tiffany Drape; Curtis Friedel; Madlyn Frisard; Vitor Mercadante; Carlin Rafie; Hannah Scherer; Karen Vines; Robert Williams
Affiliated Faculty: Angela Anderson; Kristen Chang; Dixie Dalton (Southside Virginia Community College); Jennifer Jones; Richard Rateau; Michelle Rockwell; Roger Schuerch; Linda Taylor; Anthony Wolf; Jennifer Zabinsky

Agricultural and Life Sciences Introduction

This master's degree program has been designed for potential students who are place bound, but would still like to pursue a rigorous graduate-level degree. Courses and the final project are arranged to meet the goals of the student.  The student selects one of six concentration areas on which to focus: (1) Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity; (2)
Education; (3) Environmental Science; (4) Food Safety and Biosecurity; (5) Leadership Studies; and (6) Plant Science and Pest Management. In addition to course work in the chosen Concentration Area, courses are required from a Core Curriculum and a final project and report is required.

Program Course Listing

This interdisciplinary degree program is a college level degree within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Please visit for a current listing of approved courses.
Offered In (Virtual)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
The student designs a program of at least 30 credits. Seven credits must include courses in the core area, including one credit hour of ALS 5904. Each student selects 12 credit hours from the selected concentration area. Six credit hours are selected as electives, generally from another concentration. Five credit hours are taken in the form of research hours within the concentration area, culminating in a final scholarly report.

Agricultural and Life Sciences Facilities Introduction

This degree program offers flexibility in that most courses are offered asynchronously, allowing work to be completed during a time that is convenient for the individual student. Students must have access to a computer and online resources. High speed access is highly recommended; some course materials may not work smoothly with slower dial up systems.

Agricultural and Life Sciences Facilities

The program is completely web-based and allows students to successfully earn the degree without visiting the Blacksburg campus.
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Course Listing for Agricultural and Life Sciences