COLLEGE OF APPLIED & NATURAL SCIENCES
With more than 20 student organizations, programs in Applied and Natural Sciences offer you the opportunity to participate in professional, honorary, and/or service organizations. For more information or how to join any organization, please contact the appropriate department.
Agricultural Sciences and Forestry
Alpha Zeta is the professional, honorary, and service organization of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Selection into Alpha Zeta is a high honor placing you among a Nobel Laureate, several U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and a myriad of agricultural industry leaders. It’s also a lifelong commitment of the advancement of agriculture and natural resources. Alpha Zeta membership is limited to individuals in agriculture and natural resource fields who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, sound leadership, have a 3.3 GPA or higher, who have completed at least one academic year at Louisiana Tech University, and possesses strong character.
Block and Bridle Club
The club serves to promote the improvement and increase the interest among students of Animal Science and to bring about closer relationships among men and women pursuing Animal Science as a profession. We strive to interact with local producers and the community to promote all aspects of animal agriculture. Each year our Block and Bridle members host events such as a Horseless Rodeo, the Little International Stock Show, an annual Block and Bridle Banquet, and a trip to agriculture companies or livestock production operations in the spring.
The Equestrian Club at Louisiana Tech University is composed of students who love horses, regardless of major and experience. Some of our service activities include shoe box gifts for children in need, assisting with the therapeutic riding program at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center, volunteering at the Tech Equine Center, participating in local schools’ equine education activities, and assisting at the Holly Hill Equestrian Trials. Recreational activities range from traveling to the Extreme Makeover Challenge, Clear Creek Stud Stallion Showcase, visiting local farms, and hosting social events for members.
Greenscape is a club that is open to students of all majors to promote interest in the field of plant science, such as plant propagation, landscaping, vegetable and ornamental gardening, pest management, nursery and greenhouse production, agronomy, and botany. Students in Greenscape have opportunities to interact with the local community and develop relationships with students that have common interests. Greenscape has been a part of many activities that include educating grade school students, volunteering with horticultural projects in the community, and experiencing hands-on learning through field trips and interaction with professionals in the region.
Mascot Care Team
The Mascot Care Team is a group of 14 students that serve as the student caretakers of Tech’s live English Bulldog mascot, Tech. These students make sure Tech is exercised everyday and that he is exhibited at all possible recruiting, athletic, and special events. They continually monitor his health and well being. This organization is limited to pre-vet students that apply for the positions during their sophomore or junior years.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
This club is specifically designed for students majoring in pre-veterinary medicine. Our meetings and events create an atmosphere where students can learn more about a career in veterinary medicine and exercise their leadership abilities through organizing and leading our meetings and events. We put on two dog dips a year, serving the community by bathing dogs, trimming nails and giving flea dips. We also go on an annual trip to tour a veterinary school where students are able to learn about prospective schools and interact with professors and their peers.
The Rodeo Club consists of students who love horses and rodeo, and wish to be part of developing a team to compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). The NIRA’s mission is to foster and develop rodeo at the college level so that it will provide educational and competitive opportunities for students. Currently, we have about 15 members, one of which is currently showing in the NIRA and four others that plan to participate next year. Not all members of the club participate in the actual NIRA; however, it is a great way to be involved in an exciting and ever-growing equine sport. So, if you love horses, rodeo and being involved, join us! The club does fundraisers and other events to raise money, not only to participate in the NIRA but to travel to rodeos to enjoy and learn more about the sport. For instance, several members went to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as a reward for all of their hard work during the year.
Society of American Foresters / Forestry Club
Louisiana Tech University’s Forestry Club is a chapter of the Society of American Foresters, a national organization of professional excellence and academia. Over the past year, the forestry club has participated in festivals, social events, local projects, and competitions, including the 59th Annual Forestry Conclave. The team placed sixth this year, but plan to improve for next year’s competition at Stephen F. Austin State University. The club also began an annual tailgating event for the homecoming game. Current students, alumni, and friends all enjoyed music, food, and friends before cheering on the Bulldogs. We are looking forward to this upcoming school year
Stock Horse Team
The Stock Horse Team is a group of students who have come together to ride horses and learn how to be better horsemen and women. Their goal is to show what they have learned at local shows such as Cotton Country Horse Show Association with the ultimate goal to show across the state as members in the Louisiana Stock Horse Association. Many of these students have never shown before and their range of experience is from very limited to very advanced. This is a special group that works together to help each other improve and learn. Funding for the Stock Horse Team is self-generated and comes from wonderful donors and fundraising events hosted by the team.
Xi Sigma Pi
This is an international honor society for Forestry and related sciences. An undergraduate is eligible for election if the student has completed a minimum of 74 semester hours, ranked in the upper 25% of their class, and have a “B” average or higher.
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship. Our Society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta)
Beta Beta Beta is an honor society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Health Informatics and Information Management
Sigma Rho Alpha
Sigma Rho Alpha (“Sigma Rho”) is a professional student organization in the Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) Department. Sigma Rho provides student members opportunities to grow in professional development through events and activities. In addition, Sigma Rho also participates in community outreach programs which benefit our region. Sigma Rho is affiliated with the “HIM Ambassador Program,” which helps to promote awareness of the HIIM profession in north Louisiana.
Student Dietetic Association (SDA)
All dietetic students and students with an interest in nutrition are encouraged to join Louisiana Tech’s Student Dietetic Association. Programs and projects are planned to promote professional development of members and to encourage networking with practicing dietitians. SDA has established a scholarship for eligible freshmen and sophomore dietetic students.
The Fashion Republic organization promotes activities related to understanding careers in merchandising and consumer studies. Projects include field trips and guest speakers. An interest in merchandising and/or consumer studies plus payment of dues are the criteria for membership.
Child Life Student Association
Membership in the Child Life Student Association is available to any student enrolled at Louisiana Tech University having designated Human Development and Family Science as his/her major field of study. Students in this major, and particularly those in the Child Life concentration area, are encouraged to join the Association to learn more about the role of Child Life Specialists in health care settings; to promote the Child Life curriculum on campus; and to network with other students, faculty, and professionals. Members attend monthly meetings with guest speakers and participate in community service activities, fund raising activities, and other special events.
Kappa Omicron Nu (KON)
Kappa Omicron Nu is a national Human Ecology honor society. The Louisiana Tech University chapter was established in 1976. Programs are held throughout the year to help members grow professionally in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and research. Students with over 45 hours credit fulfilling the requirements of a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Human Ecology who have maintained a “B” average and who are in the top 25% of their class are eligible for membership. A student must have earned at least 12 hours in human ecology courses at Louisiana Tech to be eligible for consideration.
Louisiana Tech Student Council on Family Relations (LTSCFR)
The Louisiana Tech Student Council on Family Relations (LTSCFR) was founded in 2001 as an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations. LTSCFR strives to offer students in Human Development and Family Science opportunities for professional growth through scholarship, professional socialization, and opportunities for service. Each year the organization helps to sponsor students’ attendance at professional meetings. LTSCFR strives to provide opportunities for students to learn about professions for Human Development and Family Science majors.
Student Louisiana Early Childhood Association (SLAECA)
An organization for students interested in increasing the awareness of the needs of young children and working for the knowledge and understanding of young children. This organization is affiliated with the Louisiana Early Childhood Association and the Southern Early Childhood Association.
Student Nurses Association
SNA is the professional organization for nursing and pre-nursing students at Louisiana Tech University. It is the local affiliate chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Here at Louisiana Tech, SNA participates in activities on campus, as well as in the community. It is SNA’s goal to launch the nursing student’s career through knowledge, scholarship, and camaraderie. Pre-nursing students are welcomed and encouraged to join SNA.
Louisiana Tech’s Nursing Ambassadors are students that apply the tenets of Tech in their service to the Division of Nursing. Our Nursing Ambassadors are on campus to welcome potential nursing students and to assist the Division of Nursing as we welcome visitors and new students to Louisiana Tech. They are always ready to answer questions and to show others what makes the Louisiana Tech program so special.