Gibbs Ranch Education and Research Complex

Naming Opportunities available $50,000 - $20 Million

Agriculture Science

The Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology’s first freshman class was in 1909 and by 1918 Sam Houston State was the only college recognized by the Federal Vocation Board as a vocational agriculture teacher training institution in the United States and the first agriculture teacher training institution west of the Mississippi. In the past century, the department has expanded from teaching only courses on farming and raising livestock to technical courses in animal and plant genetics, floral design, agri-business, equine science, wildlife management, alternative fuels and energy, construction, safety management and electronics.

In the past 17 years, the department has experienced exceptional enrollment growth with a record enrollment for this current academic year of 1,539 students (14% increase over 2015) (995 agriculture majors, 400 engineering technology majors, and 144 Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences), while our graduate program grew 13.8% this academic year. Student representation in the department is from across the state of Texas, nation and globe.

Today’s agriculture students at Sam Houston can select degrees in Interdisciplinary Agriculture, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Engineering Technology, Agri-business, Animal Science, Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Plant and Soil Science, Wildlife Management, Equine Science and AgriScience Teacher Certification. We offer 2 graduate degrees: Master of Science in Agricultural Science and Master of Agriculture in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment.

In the University’s master plan, Sam Houston will centralize agricultural science facilities at the Gibbs Ranch Education and Research Center, an existing 1,740-acre working ranch located approximately 10 minutes from the main campus. The ranch is home to a 60-head meat goat flock and 250 head cattle operation comprised of purebred and commercial beef herds. It also includes eight ponds, stocked with largemouth bass and catfish, and an olive orchard.

Agriculture is an applied science and the ranch provides the necessary land and animal resources to serve as an integral component of our instructional and research programs. The master plan includes a Multi-Purpose Animal Science & Equine Complex, a Plant Science Field Lab, and a Meat and Food Science Center.

These new facilities are critical to meet the needs of the growing number of students and provide the hands-on experience and education necessary to graduate a highly-skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The research performed at the site will proved a firm foundation in science, skills, and arts fundamental to a proficiency in the agricultural industry.

Multi-Purpose Animal and Equine Science Facility

The Multi-Purpose Animal and Equine Science Facility and Arena Complex (“The Complex”) will be an impressive and highly functional facility that will fulfill the University’s need for enhanced educational opportunities in the agricultural animal science program.

The Multi-Purpose Animal and Equine Science Facility and Arena Complex

Meat and Food Science Center

The Meat Science Complex (“MSC”) will serve as a teaching and research facility on processing food animals, proper sanitation procedures, and preparation of meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables.

The Meat Science Complex

Plant Science Field Lab

The Plant Science & Field Lab (“PSFL”) will be an impressive and highly functional facility designed to provide growth and more capabilities to better serve the students and the university.

The Plant Science & Field Lab

Naming Opportunities

  • Animal Science/Meat Science at Gibbs Ranch - $5 million
  • Multi-use Facility - $3 million
  • Covered Arena - $1.5 million
  • Meat Science Building - $1.5 million
  • Equine Barn - $1 million
  • Academic Building - $750,000
  • Stall Barn - $250,000
  • Physiology Lab - $250,000
  • Outdoor Warm-Up Arena - $200,000
  • Harvesting Room - $150,000
  • Fabrication Room - $100,000
  • Refrigeration / Coolers - $100,000
  • Food Science Research Lab - $75,000
  • Classroom (2) - $50,000
  • Support Lab - $50,000
  • Academic Tack Room - $50,000
  • Student Tack Room - $50,000
  • Faculty/Admin Office - $25,000
  • Faculty/Admin Office - $25,000
  • Holding Area/Outdoor Classroom - $25,000
  • Feed Room - $25,000
  • Stalls (60) - $5,000 each
  • at Gibbs Ranch - $2 million
  • Plant Science Main Building - $1 million
  • Greenhouse (3) - $400,000 each
  • Classroom/Lab (3) - $75,000 each
  • Head House - $50,000
  • Faculty/Admin Office - $25,000
  • Fruit Orchard - $25,000
  • Olive Orchard - $25,000
  • Gardens - $15,000